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Over the past several months, our ability to gather for in-person worship has been determined by rising or falling COVID-19 infection rates, Executive Orders issued by Gov. Whitmer, the initial Episcopal Pastoral Directive, and other relevant sources. When the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan moved from Phase I (Hiatus) to Phase II (Re-Entry) on July 5, we knew that adjustments might still need to be made based on public-health trends, not only in Kent county, but across the state.
And so in response to Gov. Whitmer’s most recent Executive Orders issued on July 30, the four dioceses in Michigan have updated the Phase II guidelines (effective today) to limit indoor gatherings to no more than ten people. While the Church is not legally obligated to follow this order, or subject to the consequences for violating it, we believe it is our moral and civic responsibility to abide by it.
On July 30, and in response to the same two orders, ELCA Bp. Satterlee wrote: "We all long for a full return to normalcy; however, we must remain vigilant in reducing the spread of this virus. We are still Church Together even when we are apart, and our distance does not impact our ability to share God’s love, peace, and grace with our neighbors."
Beginning on August 9 then, Two Churches will continue to live stream Sunday morning worship from the sanctuary. But since several of those ten allowable people will be needed to make that happen, I'm asking everyone else join us for worship on the Two Churches’ FaceBook page –– and not in-person.
These frequent adjustments vex all of us, but we make them as well and as intelligently as we’re able, to care for one another during this pandemic. Please check out our recent newsletters, and perhaps consider subscribing to our newsletter/email notifications for more information on how we are continuing to support our various ministry efforts in our community.
Holy God, who created us for and from love; in this time of uncertainty and social distancing, hold us close in your arms. Comfort those who are afraid, engage those who are bored, give courage to those who are distressed, and warm those who feel the cold touch of loneliness. Breathe in, with, and through us, as we walk through this time into a new future; knowing that you are with us now and await us there. In the name of Christ the Beloved, we pray. Amen.
Low-income families with infants & small children often have to choose between diapers and other necessities such as food or transportation. Diaper Depot helps those families stretch their budgets by offering a free package of diapers, and currently serves an average of 173 infants & children each month.
Much of our community ministry efforts focus on supporting organizations that seek to find solutions to poverty, and more specifically food insecurity. This includes the Green Apple Food Pantry (formerly John Knox Food Pantry), and ACCESS of West Michigan, and our ministries include monthly collections as well as special events.
Matthew 22:36-40 teaches us that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, and it is our understanding that this means EVERYONE. We strive to show that love in a tangible way through a variety of programs and volunteer events. Reflecting a key phrase of the ELCA, this is "God's Work. Our Hands."