From the Desk of Pastor John
It still seems difficult to understand that we are in this remarkable situation that we find ourselves. Following our last in-person worship on March 15th, I ordered the office closed and we began working from home as much as possible. Many things we’d like to do have been put on hold for the time being, but we were still having some contact with each other. Then Governor Ducey issued his stay-at-home declaration and we escalated our efforts as well.
Here is our current situation and plans through Easter Sunday. I hesitate to even use the word, “plan” because every single one I’ve made since March 15th has been modified or superseded.
- No one beside select critical staff will be allowed inside the campus buildings. This will allow us to maintain hygiene and the buildings can be contaminate free. Please stay home.
- Please mail your tithe or use our online services through the website but if you wish to drop off your tithes, please come by the staff door on the north side and use the mail slot in the door. Staff has been advised not to answer the doors in order to protect themselves.
- Our April mailed newsletter is on hold. Please stay in touch with those who do not have email.
- Please hold onto all mission items, Easter baskets, food for Valley View Food Bank, etc. It’s important we do not create more potential contamination issues. I cannot encourage you to buy food or make baskets requiring store visits when you should be home.
- All memorials and funerals will be postponed or held elsewhere within current guidelines.
Holy Week and Easter Schedule
Holy Week and Easter – Our closure has extended beyond Easter, so physical worship and the Easter lunch is canceled. However, here is our plan for worship because EASTER hasn’t been canceled! Jesus is RISEN!
- Palm Sunday will be at 9am online with Pastor Ross preaching
- Maundy Thursday. I will have a brief online Maundy Thursday worship service at 4:00pm, April 9 – Zoom Meeting ID: 679 719 869
- Holy Friday. We will offer a Good Friday mediation and prayer worship online at 1:00pm on Friday, April 10. – Zoom Meeting ID: 663 782 823
- Easter Worship will be live-streamed online at 9:00am and we will share in Holy Communion (instructions for preparation will be sent prior to that worship)
Zoom Meeting ID: 316 766 026