We are living in an unprecedented time. Never have we experienced a crisis that has brought the entire world to a standstill as we have with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have had to learn new ways of living and working. School done remotely from home. Our job – if we still have one – done through Zoom. The Olympics, Baseball – postponed. NBA, NHL, Final Four – cancelled.
Then there are the changes in church. Virtual worship services. Zoom Staff meetings and council meetings. And now based on the recommendation of health experts, the Southeastern Synod Council, and our bishop,
there will be NO PUBLIC GATHERING FOR WORSHIP UNTIL JUNE 7.
So, we write in this context, because now more than ever, we need your continued support.
So many of you have stepped up to give of yourselves.
- Some of you have been making phone calls, especially to our homebound, to find out their needs.
- Some of you are making sure that the lawn is mowed and the grounds taken care of.
- One member called to ask how they could use their stimulus check to help someone in need.
- And then there are the many checks that you now mail in to the church.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Yet, as Paul said to the Corinthian church, so now we ask of you:
“Now as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you – so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.” (2 Corinthians 8:7)
We are asking you to consider how you can help Epiphany during this time of physical isolation. You have stepped up so wonderfully when asked in the past.
So WE ASK YOU TO STEP UP in our present circumstances.
Everything that happens at Epiphany happens because of your generosity. You are necessary and vital to our ministry. Your presence adds to the Body of Christ.
- If your circumstances prevent you from giving more, we simply say, “Thank you!” We appreciate what you do and how you have given. Please let us know how we can keep you in prayer, even as we ask for your prayers in this time.
- If you are behind on your pledge let me encourage you to catch up. We need your support. Consider enrolling in the Vanco/Simply Giving program, which automatically withdraws a set amount from your account during the month. Contact the Church Office for more details.
- If you can give more during this time of crisis – however small or large – prayerfully consider doing so.
Our collective generosity will never be more appreciated than in this time. Let us make this a time when our generosity will be fully realized.
Pastor David Armstrong-Reiner & Rene Kuhn, Council President