Faithfully Through the COVID-19 Shutdown”
Sisters and Brothers of Moultrie First Presbyterian Church:
“Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was,
and who is to come. (Revelation 1:4)
After these verses,
the witness of Revelation proceeds to open for our review God’s divine plan for
creation, and for us. The greeting
above, to us as well as to the seven churches in Asia Minor, comes to us from
the future God has prepared for us in Jesus Christ. Realization of this has always intrigued me, filling
me with tremendous hope for God’s promise of what lies ahead for us, the great
Church Triumphant, beyond what Revelation calls “the Great Ordeal.”
The world is indeed
passing through a challenging time in the Great Ordeal. The COVID-19 pandemic threatens the entire
world in ways just now beginning to dawn upon us. When conditions, such as we are now entering,
set upon us, anxiety and fear of the unknown becomes an epidemic of its
own. Our sure defense in the face of this
threat is two-pronged: 1) Gain as much knowledge and information about the
disease as we can, including being tested when available, and prepare for the
worst; and 2) Lean on our faith in Jesus Christ, holding firm to our Lord’s
promise to be with us in all circumstances, even should we be struck with
illness, or worse.
This is a time for us
to take extreme care for ourselves, our families, our neighbors, following all
the recommendations given by the CDC, Federal, State and local governments
until the crisis for infection passes.
As our congregation
moves forward through this ordeal, here are some things you should know:
- Worship Services,
Sunday School, Choir, WATCH, Confirmation Sunday, Youth-led Worship and any
other group activities are postponed until further notice.
- Session and Diaconate
will not meet until further notice.
- All Committee Meetings
are postponed until further notice.
- Church Staff met
Tuesday, March 17th, to make adjustments to the church calendar for
the rest of our Lenten and Easter seasons.
Dr. G., Penny and Susan P. will continue to keep office hours. The
Church Staff plans to meet Tuesday, March 31st, to evaluate where we
are at that time.
- Our Congregational
Care Committee is staying in touch with our elderly members. We have food available as needed by
anyone. In order to serve those who
should need help with shopping, picking up prescriptions, being served a meal, we
need to know who those people are.
Call the church and we will pass the concern along to Congregational
Care, which will respond appropriately.
- Session had called a
Congregational Meeting for this coming Sunday to elect 4 at-large members to
the 2020 Nominating Committee. Session
will reschedule that meeting.
- In the meantime, Dr.
G. will arrange for a live streamed internet Service of Worship for Sunday
mornings, 11:00 a.m., until we resume normal worship together. The Service will be broadcast live from
the sanctuary by way of YouTube. To
tune in, go to YouTube through your internet browser. At the YouTube site,
search for “moultrie first presbyterian live.” If you see a place to subscribe to
this site, do so. It will be easier to
find in the future.
check daily your email,
our MFPC Face Book page, the church web site, and especially the
church calendar on the website for any updates amidst these rapidly
changing circumstances. We are keeping
these channels of communication updated for you.
- If you have any
questions, or wish to make contact with us at the church during weekly office
hours, do not hesitate to call. We are
As we struggle to adjust
to this new normal of isolating, frequently washing and sanitizing hands, let
it also become habit to pray for one another, to pray for the world,
and to pray for God’s will to be done in all things. I have been trying to think of different
songs to sing as I wash my hands. I
found the following verse from “Amazing Grace” to be most comforting:
“Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come;
‘Tis grace has brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home.”