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Re: COVID-19

Bethlehem Lutheran Church will be suspending Sunday services and all related activities immediately until it is recommended by the Sask. Health Authority to resume gathering together.  Pastor Mac and Lila will provide daily devotions and a Sunday message during this unprecedented time.  

A Sunday service will be livestreamed each Sunday at 11:15 am.  If you are unable to watch the service live, it will be archived for viewing at your convenience.  A DVD on the weekly service will also be provided to Luther Place, Golden Acres, the Pioneer Home and Variety Place.  If you know of anyone who would appreciate receiving a copy of the DVD, please let the church office know.  Please contact Mac or Lila with any prayer requests that you may have.

Communion will be offered twice a week in small groups starting March 30.  The church will be open on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm to provide communion to families and small groups of 10 people at a time.  

A daily devotional will also be provided by Pastor Mac and Lila on the church website.  Lila and Krystal are also putting together weekly Sunday School lessons with family activities to keep the children engaged with their heavenly Father during this uncertain time.  If you would like to explore other worship services, the NALC has provided a link to churches that are providing streaming services at https://missions.nalcnetwork.com/goodnews-media-resources/.  You can also tune into The Lutheran Hour at lhm.org.

The church office will be open our regular hours of Monday to Thursday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  The church library will be open and Pastor Mac or Lila will be available to provide pastoral care, direct people to assistance with personal shopping or mail pickup, or just be available to talk to.  If you know of anyone who may need emergency assistance, please let them know when the church will be open.

Council is preparing an Easter service that will be available for not only our own members, but the community at large.  We hope to provide a true celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  Stay tuned for more information.

Council encourages you to continue with your weekly giving plan.  Although there won’t be services at the church, we still have monetary obligations that need to be met.  You can drop off a cheque at the church office or mail it to Box 477.

Our daily life is changing constantly.  Everyone is feeling anxious about their own health or the well being of their family members.  Although social isolation is recommended, it will be very difficult for many people.  Reach out to your neighbors: offer to pick up groceries or mail for those unable to leave their home, share a book with someone, or phone a senior who is unable to be with their extended family.  Please provide our website address to anyone who may be interested in worshipping with us.

We are a people called by God to be a light of hope and peace in this world.  We carry the promises of God in our hearts and live according to them.  We do not need to fear for we are in his hands.  Jesus has given you his comfort and peace so that in times like this you can share it with others.  Martin Luther gave us sound advice when dealing with the Black Death:

“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 death or the death of others.  If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but go freely as stated above.  See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

And words of comfort from God’s word through the prophet Isaiah:

1But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Isaiah 43:1-3

Pastor Mac deWaal
Commissioned Lay Minister Lila deWaal
President, Leslie Hicks