Updated March 16 – 3:30 pm
Dear St. Andrew Family,
Over the past week, we’ve been in contact with physicians, public health officials and other churches concerning the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), particularly as the number of confirmed cases in CO has continued to grow. We’ve seen a growing concern about large group gatherings, leading to the cancellation of major events both locally and nationally. Groups of more than 250 persons pose greater risk of transmission.
After continued prayer and honest conversation, and after seeking input from many of our lay leaders, we have made the call to suspend live worship services and offer worship online only. We will reevaluate on a weekly basis, but it is likely that live services will be suspended through the end of March.
I know that for many of you this decision will come as a disappointment. Worship is an anchor in our weekly routines, connecting us deeply with God and with our community. But “wellness” of body, mind and spirit is at the heart of our vision as a congregation, and now, more than ever, is the time to live into and embody that vision for our broader community. The safety and health of our members and staff and our broader community, and the responsibility to do our part in helping to slow or minimize the spread of the virus, has led us to take this necessary step.
We have designed a modified worship service for livestreaming. You’ll be able to experience many of the important elements that make our worship services so meaningful, including prayers and liturgy, preaching, special music and, of course, the invitation to make an offering.
Please understand that many of our classes and events over the coming weeks have been cancelled or moved to an online format. We’ll update you as we are able, but please be sure to check the website for the most current updates.
These are challenging times, but there’s no better time to be St. Andrew. Here’s what you can do:
• Practice faithful stewardship. Your giving is vitally important as we anticipate contributions to be greatly impacted by this decision. You can help ensure the financial health and vitality of St. Andrew by giving online or mailing your contributions to the church.
• Pray for those affected by this virus, especially those most at-risk for serious complications.
• Pray for physicians, nurses, first responders, and caretakers who will be working long hours to provide care and support in the days ahead.
• Be a good neighbor. If you know someone who may not have internet access, give them a call and share the information in this email. If the virus spreads through our community as expected, continue to reach out and care for one another through phone calls, emails and social media.
• Stay calm and remember that this is temporary. Our church continues to serve our members and our community. We’ll be in touch with you about how you can continue to grow, serve and connect with one another.
I am grateful for your understanding and support as we navigate these challenging times.
Yours in Christ,