November 9, 2020

Dear Linworth Church Family:

Whoever would have thoughts that I would need to create a folder on my computer entitled “Pandemic Communications?” Well, it is there and I have another letter to add to that file. On April 3, 2020, I shared a phrase from the hymn “We Are the Church Together” in the all church communication:

“The church is not a building. The church is not a steeple. The church is not a resting place. The church is a people.”

That hymn ended up being the basis for our 2020 Stewardship Campaign. What a blessing it was to have video testimonies from both leaders in ministry and from those in our community who have benefited from our ministries and missions during the pandemic! We truly are the church, and we are living into new ways of being the church in this ongoing pandemic. We get to do those things because of your faithfulness in giving, and your giving is more important than ever. If you did not receive your pledge card in the mail, please reach out to the church office, and if you have not yet returned your pledge card for 2021, it is not too late!

Last week as our Administrative Council gathered, we were faced with emerging realities that the number of new COVID19 cases continues to rise, and that gathering in person is an unwise reality not only for those of us who might gather, but for our families, friends, and the larger community as well. In response, Administrative Council made the bold, emotional, caring, and compassionate decision to not gather in person for worship through the end of the 2020 calendar year. This unfortunately means that we will not hold any in person worship on Christmas Eve.

Our staff and leaders are already busy making plans to make Advent and the Christmas season meaningful, albeit different, this year. Please be attentive to both the email and print Lantern, our website, and Facebook page to hear about what opportunities will arise. For Christmas Eve, we are working to ensure that each and every person who wants to participate in our high quality, remote worship will be able to do so. Things like music, our Adopt-a-Family mission, the Christmas pageant, and, yes, even Silent Night by candlelight will still happen.

Above all else, please know that your pastors and staff are praying that you and yours remain safe and well. We are working diligently and are ready to serve and care alongside you. Please do not hesitate to call or email us.

Proverbs 17:22a – A Cheerful Heart is Good Medicine
Keep your heart cheerful. Stay in if you can. Get your flu shot if advisable. Mask up. Wash your hands. Love one another. Love God.

Rev. Anna Guillozet,
Senior Pastor