March 16, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Living Water:
Your Congregation Council met on Sunday morning, March 15, to discuss Living Water’s response to public health concerns over the novel coronavirus (also called COVID-19) and the request of The Grand Canyon Synod to immediately curtail all gathered activities. After prayerful and extensive consultation with our Response Team and the information they have gathered from Federal, State, and medical professionals working on the virus, we are responding faithfully.
Our response reflects the following values in mind: our call to proclaim the gospel, care for the vulnerable, witness to Christ, provide a refuge for people in need, enjoy fellowship with the people of God, be good neighbors with all people, and remain a safe place of gathering for everyone who would participate in our ministries. While we know that our approach may change in light of new circumstances, we believe our approach will uphold these values—to the best of our abilities and by God’s grace.
On March 22 and March 29, we will worship only online. We invite you to visit our website www.lwlcaz.org or our Facebook page to link into a worship service at 10:00 a.m. on those Sundays. We will provide worship guides to help you participate and we strongly encourage you to join with family, friends, in small groups to share in this time. And if you cannot be there at 10:00 a.m., the video will remain online for you to watch at your convenience.
While we will no longer be gathering for our Soup Suppers, Dr. Dennis Nelson will still be providing us with his Lenten Bible Study online, beginning Wednesday, March 18. You will be able to find that also on our website beginning at 6:30 pm on Wednesdays.
Concerning Easter celebrations on April 10, as we draw closer to that time, we will let you all know about Easter. While we hope that we will be back together for Easter here at Living Water, we hope to provide more information on that and other Holy Week services in the coming days. However, due to the general uncertainty, the Living Last Supper will be postponed until Maundy Thursday 2021.
As for other programs, during this time we have been asked to curtail all activities. While the office will remain open, Living Water will not be holding any in-person large gatherings, rehearsals, classes, studies or Council and Team meetings. We will use our online capabilities as much as we can to share with you all that we can.
Pastoral Care will also most certainly continue—sometimes by phone and in person whenever called for and possible. Our pastors and all our sisters and brothers in the faith are committed to those in our faith family who find themselves in need. Please feel free to contact the office with any questions or needs that might arise. This is all new ground we are treading together, so we certainly value your prayers and patience during this new adventure in our faith.
The world seems different today and yet it remains the same. God’s people living lives of faith. Living out our lives for the betterment of society, turning to God and prayer, and listening to the call of the Holy Spirit in our lives as we move about in this world. God is good. All the time. Especially in times such as these.
Pastor Mark Rossman
Pastor Shari Bernau