Dear Pilgrim Covenant Church Family,
We are living through an unprecedented time. In our lifetime, we’ve never experienced a situation like the precautionary responses to COVID-19. Our prayer is that each of you are doing as well as can be expected during this world-wide healthcare crisis.
I, Dale, have been stressed with the daily challenges of leading an assisted living program. That said, I’ve been inspired by the response of our staff as well as by the lay leadership at PCC. In both settings, I’m encouraged by others who focus on faithful service during such a time as this.
Romans 13 teaches us that in God’s wisdom, He has provided human government for our good and that we are to be subject to its authority. Over the past week, we have continued to listen to the guidance of federal, state, and local governments, including the perspective of public health officials. Along with many other churches, as well as business and other organizations, we have decided to suspend all in-person gatherings, including regular Sunday worship.
We are all wondering the same thing: How are we intentionally and faithfully to be a church in the midst of the unique situation and challenges that we are facing? The apostolic marks of the church are: worship, discipleship, fellowship, evangelism, and outreach. With the limitations of not being able to meet together in groups, how are we to fulfill the calling of being a church in new and creative ways?
One part of our plan is to live-stream services at 10:00 am each Sunday for the next several weeks. You will be able to access the stream here: https://www.facebook.com/pilgrimcovenantchurch. All you need is an Internet connection. The service will be experienced while it is happening and will also be available for viewing afterward. Worship and prayer are necessary for us and for others. I‘d like for there to be an increased focus on prayer during our worship service. Prayer requests can be shared with deacons prior to the service, publicly using the stream’s chat featured, or personally via phone call. Any prayer concerns, intersessions, praises and thanksgivings welcomed.
This means, of course, that a handful of us (who have already been identified) will be at the church building. We ask that, unless you are part of this team, please do not come. We do not suggest that this is the same or as good as being together in body; however, we choose to rejoice that it is possible at all. Of special note, the Deacons will be providing pre-filled communion cups with wafers to families prior to our next communion Sunday.
Some other notes on the life and activity of the church during this stressful time:
- We will be hosting adult Sunday school online as well using Zoom, an interactive web conferencing tool that you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. There is no cost to participate. We will share additional details soon about how to participate, and we will plan to start the Zoom broadcast at about 8:45 am (with the lesson and discussion starting at 9:00) on Sunday mornings.
- The church building will be closed for all group meetings. We strongly encourage boards, Bible studies, and any other groups, including the Pastoral Search Committee, to meet via web conference as well. To test this out, the Church Board gathered in this fashion on Tuesday, and it proved an effective way to meet.
- Unfortunately, some non-PCC groups who have been using the church building will be unable to do so during this time. Our understanding is that these affected groups have also made independent decisions not to meet at this time. We look forward to welcoming them back as soon as possible.
- We will suspend planning for any event that had been scheduled to occur before June 1. Obviously, if conditions change soon enough, we will joyfully do all we can to resume both regular and special events.
- One possible exception to this may be the Easter sunrise service. We are working on a way to hold this service in a way that will adhere to guidelines for groups, and we will keep everyone informed as far in advance as possible.
- If you have not already done so, please explore connecting with PCC on Facebook and ensuring that we have a valid email address and phone number for you and the members of your household. We anticipate additional updates, so please watch Facebook, the church website, your email inboxes, and your snail mailboxes..
- Please remember as well to consider continuing your regular giving online at https://pcclunenburg.org/online-giving/ or by mailing a check to the church at 138 Beal Street, Lunenburg, MA 01462.
- We plan to have the Deacons and/or Church Board members reach out directly and personally to every member and regular attender soon. We also encourage all of you to reach out to those around you. Do not hesitate to contact any of us if you have need of physical, emotional, or spiritual support or if you discover a need among your friends and neighbors.
May God bless and keep you and each of the members and friends of PCC. May we faithfully continue as a church of our Lord Jesus Christ looking to Him as our Head empowered through the Holy Spirit.
In Christian Love,
The Church Board