Sunday March 15, 2020

 
Hello My Dear Faith Family,
 
I hope you are all well and resting at home.  I certainly missed you all this morning.  There are variety of things that I would like to share with you this evening.
 
There are two quotes that have lifted me up during the past few days.  The first is from 2 Timothy 1:7. Paul wrote to Timothy, “for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”  We don’t need to live in fear, we are called to love, and to exercise self-discipline.  I am confident that we can unify our voices to call upon the spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline during this time.
 
The second quote is from Martin Luther.  He penned the following during the Black Plague. 
 
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash no foolhardy and does not tempt God.”  Luther’s Works Volume 43 pg 132 the letter “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess

In summary, we are encouraged to be faithful and wise about what we attend but not too timid to reach out to help neighbors. 

The Session has read these quotes and I will invite all of us to remember them when we meet tomorrow night at 6:30 pm.  The Elders will have the option to “Zoom” in which is an online ability to have a conference call through your computer.  It works well and it is how I often “attend” meetings when I don’t have time to drive to the Presbytery of Denver.  We have quite a few decisions to make so I ask that you please pray for the Session’s wisdom.

I would appreciate hearing about your experience with the live stream worship services this morning.  Were you able to access them?  Is it something you’d be interested in having COTH try?  Or would a taped sermon posted on the website be as effective?  Please let me know about your experience at susan@churchofthehills.com.  It’d be nice to hear from you.

I suspect many of you know about the latest update from the Colorado Department of health.  I share it because I know many of you have contact with people from these counties and I want you to be well informed.  If you need more information, there is a link below.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE:
Anyone who has been in Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, or Gunnison counties in the past week should minimize all contact with other people, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.

County public health and emergency management agencies will provide more detailed guidance for residents and visitors within their communities. The general guidance from CDPHE is as follows:

  • If you live in Colorado and are leaving one of these communities, you should minimize contact with other people for 14 days and watch for the development of symptoms like cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
  • If you are visiting Colorado from out of state and do not currently have symptoms (cough, fever, and shortness of breath), you can return home and practice social distancing there.
  • If you have symptoms, stay where you are, isolate yourself from others, and call a health care provider or nurse line before seeking care. Do not fly. Do not use public transportation or ride-shares.
  • More recommendations here:
    https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/n…

Everything is changing quickly, we will continue to stay in contact, please keep looking for emails from your church.

Be well, wise, and thrive in the strength of the Holy Spirit.

Living into the Risen Christ’s promise that He is with us,

 

Pastor Susan