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To our St. John Athens family of faith,
This evening our congregational leadership met to address the developments with the concerns caused by the outbreak of the Corona Virus (COVID-19). This is our plan of action.
All worship services for March will be led as ONLINE ONLY worship. We are asking that you gather in your homes, as a small group, even with your neighbors to log on to St. John’s Website (www.stjohnathens.org) to watch the worship services. These services will be available on our church website and on our St. John Lutheran Facebook Page after worship has concluded and we have a chance to upload them.
Throughout the week I will post video devotions and meditations on our website and via facebook. Please understand that worship has NOT been cancelled instead it will have a different form of delivery. We must remember where: “two or more gather, there the Lord is in your midst.” (Matthew 18:20).
All other campus activities (Bible Studies, LWML, and other gatherings have been suspended until further notice).
Please keep in mind that the church is NOT closed. The church office hours will continue to be 10am-2pm. Because the work and ministry of the church continues, please continue your offerings and gifts of love. You can stop by the church office and drop them off, put them in the mail (451 Lila Lane, Athens, TX 75751), or consider giving through the tithe.ly app on your smart phone. Billpay is also an option, please contact Mary Peikert (903) 368-0910 with any questions.
Please also give of your time by checking to see on friends from church, and your neighbors. If you have questions, please contact Pastor or the church office.
As always, continue to pray for our Congregation, Elders, Church Council, and Pastor, “for all in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:2).
Members of our leadership team (Pastor, Council, Elders, etc.) will be in contact with you to ensure that you have received this message and to make sure that you are doing well. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Elder or to Pastor. We are navigating through this scenario first and foremost in the faith give to us by God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit, trusting confidently in His Love, care and Compassion for all people, and in those whom He has gifted with the knowledge of science and the medical arts.
Above all, we know that the Lord remains firmly in control even when it seems that the world is spinning out of control. As the Psalmist has written: “He remains the same and His years are without end.” Psalm 102:27. We entrust our cares, our worries and concerns to Him knowing that He holds us in His nailed-pierced hands. May the Lord continue to guide, bless, direct and protect you from all harm and evil and bring you at last to your eternal home.
CDC: THE PHYSICAL FIVE
Just as we care for your spiritual well-being, we also care for your physical well-being. The following ‘Physical Five’ are recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO)
1. HANDS- wash them often.
2. ELBOW- cough into it.
3. FACE- don’t touch it.
4. FEET- stay more than 6 feet apart from the next person.
5. FEEL- sick? Please stay home.
In Service to our Lord,
Pastor Seth T. Davidson
St. John Lutheran Church, Athens, TX
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