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St. Andrew's Worship - Cancelled Through March 22

Dear Friends,
Like many businesses, community organizations, and churches in Montgomery County, we have been carefully monitoring developments in the spreading of the Coronavirus.  We have taken seriously recommendations from Governor Wolf, the CDC, some neighbors in the medical profession, and our brothers and sisters in Christ in other area Lutheran Churches.  

It has become clear to us that the situation with the virus is going to get worse before it gets better.  We do not want to put anyone at risk, especially seniors, small children, and those with other medical conditions. One of the most effective ways of lowering the impact and spread of the virus is through social distancing.  Therefore, in consultation with the officers and staff of St. Andrew's, it has been decided that we will cancel Worship and Christian Education in our building for the next two weeks (through March 22), giving us time to better see how this situation develops and then reevaluate how we will gather in the weeks to come.  This was not an easy decision.  Earlier this week, we had planned to gather together with precautions in place but, after the state of emergency was announced (and our Nursery School was forced to close), we decided to err on the side of caution.   We will be cancelling meetings and group activities in our building during this time as well.  

Jesus calls us to love and serve our neighbors and care for the most vulnerable in our communities.  Canceling worship for this period will do exactly that.  And we certainly encourage you during this time to check in with seniors, those with small children, and the sick, to make sure that they have what they need as our community resources are more limited.  Also, reaching out with a phone call, e-mail, or text can go a long way for someone who is feeling lonely or isolated.

While we will not be gathering for in-person worship or education, we encourage you to check your e-mail, St. Andrew's Facebook page, and the church website, as we will be posting content (sermons, devotional resources, helpful books and links, prayer needs) for your ongoing spiritual growth.

Our staff will be working in the office in a limited capacity during these two weeks and will also have the opportunity to work remotely.  Feel free to contact us by phone or e-mail if necessary. Even when we are not in the office, we will be checking messages daily.  Please help us be aware of those in need or how we can support you during this time.  

We recognize that this decision may have a negative impact on our giving.  Please continue to support our ministries.

- You can mail a check to the church.
- You can play "catch up" for Sundays we were away when you return to worship.
- You can sign up for automated giving to arrange ongoing giving or a one time gift. Click the green donate button on our website to access a secure portal.
- You can download the Give Plus Mobile App (Find St. Andrew's searching by zip code 19403)

Although face to face activities will be on hiatus, our fixed expenses for ministries, building operations, and staff continue.  Thank you for your ongoing generous support!

Trust in God.  Take care of yourself.  Love your neighbor.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Mueller
The Staff and Officers of St. Andrew's Church


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