March 13, 2020
Dear Beloved Community,
Grace and peace to you from God: our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Breath of Life!
At the very core of our identity as a church family, All Peoples is a community that values gathering together with the Holy to work for the justice and wholeness of all of God’s people, especially the least, the lost, and the left behind. It is out of a deep faithfulness to this mission of Christ that All Peoples will be suspending all of our usual face-to-face gatherings (including worship, youth programming, and Isaiah 55 meal and food pantry, mid-week Lenten visits) until April 1, 2020.
This is not a decision that we have come to without a great deal of research, consultation, thought, and prayer. We have heard the invitation from many of our health and medical community to work together to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus through the practicing of “social distancing” and by canceling larger gatherings. We have also had to recently let go of our sexton and thus have limited staff ability to stay ahead of the sanitation process that might aid our ability to stay ahead of the spread of germs.
We are a community that cherishes gathering together and know that these efforts will be felt in little and big ways throughout our community. However, we also know that following the lead of many other local and national organizations and being a part of flattening the curve is the very best way that we can love our neighbors and offer compassion to our community.
While the look of life together will shift for a short period of time, the mission and ministry of All Peoples Church continues on! We are currently working on putting together a livestream worship option for Sunday mornings as well as other creative ways that we might gather in prayer, devotion, and support over the coming weeks. Keep watch of your email, our website, and our FB page for continued information about ways to connect in love!
The staff and I will continue to be hard at work in the coming weeks to serve and support God’s people and the mission of All Peoples. Please take special note of the details listed below.
We know that this is a stressful time but in this season of Lent, we draw close to God and already hear those Easter angels at the tomb reminding us, “Do not be afraid.” We need not panic or fear. Our trust in God’s faithfulness and the Holy Spirit’s activity among us will connect us more deeply with one another and sustain us in this waiting. Reach out to those who may be isolated. Send a card or message of love to your neighbor or friend. Pray for those who continue to work daily to help keep our communities safe. Notice God’s grace and life flowing through you and allow that to quiet your fear. New possibilities are blooming. The promise of Easter, that abundant new life, can never be stopped!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Lindsey Beukelman