Dearest Emmaus Family,
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who loves us and has made us beloved children of God.
We find ourselves in a trying time. The many responses to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) have greatly impacted the routine of our lives. Yesterday, Governor Walz, along with Health Commissioner Malcolm, put forth new guidelines for communities from the MN Department of Health to help slow the spread of this disease. The leadership at Emmaus is taking these guidelines very seriously. In response, the Church Council, with the support of staff, has made the following decisions regarding our Sunday morning programs:
Brothers and sisters, it will certainly feel strange, difficult even, to not gather in our sanctuary on Sundays. But I am confident that we will find ways to create solidarity and unity nonetheless. I am confident that our church will move into this crisis with the leading of Christ and with a determination to love our neighbors and to care for our church body just as we always have. We will simply do so in new ways, led by God’s Spirit.
This is also a time for us to share our needs with one another. If we become sick or become scared, let us reach out and allow our brothers and sisters to comfort us and pray for us. If we become lonely or we become depressed, let us reach out and let someone know. During this time of needed distancing, let us find new ways to connect and gather together. For we are not alone. God pours into us a spirit of courage and not of fear, especially now.
No power on earth or in heaven can possibly tear apart that which binds us together. For what binds us together is God himself, through the power of His Spirit and by the love of Christ.
May the tender mercies of our God be an ever present help during times of trouble, and may the kindness of Jesus confirm in our hearts that we are never alone, that we are, in fact, very deeply loved.
With heartfelt affection,
-Pastor Abe and Nathan Grawe (church chair) on behalf of the Church Council and the Emmaus staff