In our virtual worship service this morning, we read these words from Psalm 46:
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.’
The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.
These words have been a stronghold for our community in these anxious times. Now as much as ever, the Lord is with us, and God is our refuge. The staff and elders of Shallowford have been praying for you and praying for the Spirit to lead us. We are a church family, and we want to worship and have fellowship together as soon as we can. We also have a moral and faithful obligation to keep each other safe and healthy.
The Shallowford session met via Zoom last week and made a unanimous commitment to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At present, the CDC guidelines ask that we not gather in person for 8 weeks, which would end on May 11, 2020. A task force of the session is meeting via conference call weekly to stay up-to-date on recommendations and adjust our timeline as needed, with the great hope that we will be able to come together sooner than anticipated.
We are committed to practicing social distancing, but social distancing does not mean social isolation. Over the past week, I have seen this congregation care for each other in incredible ways, all without being in the same room. The ties that bind us as a church family have never been stronger or more important.
Here’s what you need to know about how we can stay connected in these anxious times:
- We will continue to have virtual worship, posted on our website and Facebook page each Sunday at 11:00 am. The staff and worship committee are working on creative ways to make Holy Week and Easter meaningful from afar.
- The Shallowford campus remains closed to in-person meetings until further notice, and the staff are teleworking. Support groups are meeting virtually rather than in-person.
- The Shallowford Food Pantry remains open, Tuesday-Thursday, 1:00-3:00pm, to support families who are hungry.
- The pastor-on-call line remains active. If you have an emergency pastoral care need, please call the church office (404-321-1844) and leave a message for the pastor on call.
- The Congregational Care Committee is organizing a group of members to help deliver groceries, pick up prescriptions, etc., for members who are in need of assistance or homebound. If you would like to help or if you are in need of assistance, please click here let us know.
- Youth Ministry: Confirmation Sunday School, Wednesday Morning Breakfast, and Youth Fellowship will continue meeting with Bradley via Zoom weekly. Decisions are still to be made regarding specifics of Confirmation weekend and summer trips.
- Children’s Ministry will have resources and videos posted to the Shallowford Children’s Ministry Facebook group every Wednesday, along with children’s sermons every Sunday.
- Rebecca, our Director of Communications, will send an email every week with ways to stay connected online and via phone, including opportunities to pray, worship, and study scripture together. Be sure to check your email and follow our Facebook page.