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May 28, 2020
As the pandemic stretches into a third month, we’re more eager than ever to get back together, to enjoy proximity with friends and neighbors, to worship alongside brothers and sisters (many of whom we haven’t seen since mid-March). I miss you! And from your notes and phone conversations and comments posted on Central’s Facebook page, I know you miss your church family too.
There are still compelling reasons to practice social distancing and staying home. The United States has marked the 100,000th death since the coronavirus first appeared. Many medical experts believe a second surge is possible as restrictions are lifted and people begin to gather again. The health of our church and community are a top priority and part of our sacred responsibility to love our neighbors.
But there may be ways we can begin to develop some in-person learning, worship, and service experiences, while still observing important safety concerns. To that end, the Session has authorized a team of members and staff to design plans for when and how we can come together. Elders Chris Primus and Mark Williams, medical professionals Julie Earnest and Don Nease, and staff Wil Smith, Kathleen Eckert, and I will serve as our “recovery team.” I have confidence that these thoughtful and experienced people will serve us well as we make critical decisions for this unprecedented time, and I’m grateful for their willingness to share their knowledge for the common good of Central and the wider community.
By God’s grace, we will come through this hard time. But even more than just “getting through it” is the hope that it can be our teacher. What has this extraordinary time taught you? What are some pandemic insights or practices you want to continue? How might we shape a new “normal,” cleansed of the destructive and unjust old ways? How can faith lead us toward a better “normal”–one in which all people can thrive, earth can breathe, and our deep connections are strengthened and celebrated?
The summer sermon series on Romans will reflect on these questions, and as always, I value your perspectives and insights. Please send them to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), call me to discuss, or text them (216.403.3781), or snail-mail them to my attention at the church (1660 Sherman St. Denver CO 80203).
Let the apostle Paul’s words from Romans 12: 9-13 be our charge: Love genuinely. Hold fast to what is good. Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Serve God. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
Walking with you,
Pastor Louise Westfall
Schedule of offerings at Central during social distancing