March 13, 2020
To the Wonderful Community of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church,
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. . . “Be still, and know that I am God!”
Psalm 46:1, 10
After a conference call with city of Albuquerque officials and faith community leaders today, receiving a recommendation from Rocky Mountain Synod Bishop Jim Gonia that all ELCA churches in our synod suspend church activities through April 1, and the guidance of the St. Timothy’s Congregational Council we have decided to suspend worship and other church activities effective immediately.
At the same time, we continue to be Christ’s church in our neighborhood and we will do that as faithfully as we can. As a result, this Sunday, March 15th from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. I will be in the St. Tim’s courtyard, by the main Jefferson St. entrance, to offer drive-up communion (I will use wafers, serve with gloves, and offer individual cups of grape juice) for any and all who wish to receive it. I will also offer prayers for and with anyone who desires.
Please be checking our website, Facebook page and email communications as we plan creatively and faithfully to offer safe ways of gathering on-line and in other ways as God leads us.
The St. Tim’s congregational council will be meeting this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. to consider prayerfully more ways we may continue to be in relationship with one another to offer care, emotional support and the love of God in Jesus Christ.
May God guide us all in this time of uncertainty in our city and in our world. God is truly our refuge and strength, and we shall not fear! Amen?
A worker with you in God’s kingdom,