March 19, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of the Community Church of the Verdes,

The Church Board of Trustees wants to advise you of the decisions we have made concerning the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic.  We're sure all of you are well informed of how dangerous and easily the virus can spread.  It is well known that the elderly and medically compromised are the groups most susceptible to suffer severe complications.  Of course it is those groups which make up the vast number of the Verdes' community.

Therefore, for the health and well being of our community, the board has decided to immediately implement the following measures which will remain in effect until further notice:

1.  Pastor Northrup, a lector, music director and trio, and an A/V person will record Sunday worship Service with no congregation physically present We plan to put on the website the entire service for your viewing sometime after the service, as we are taking care of necessary licensing to include the music so that all legal requirements are met. As always, the bulletin is also posted on the website sometime after the service, so you can use that to follow along.  The audio and print versions of the sermon are also always posted.  Please worship with us "virtually."

2.  We have been in consultation with community leaders, who are acting on national, state, and county guidelines.  Therefore all meetings on Church Campus including PAL, AA, Pad Project, Bible Study (4), Stephen Ministry, Prayer Meeting the in Chapel are suspended.  Any and all other meetings of groups of 10 or more may not use the Church Campus.  Please consider using conference calling as an alternative.

3.  Doors to the Sanctuary and Chapel will be locked effective now until further notice.

The Administration Building and church will remain open during regular office hours.  Please know that Pastor Northrup and the Board are always available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

As a church we do believe we are in a unique position, and as such, we offer this scripture:  "Matthew 8:  23 - 27 - Jesus Calms the Storm"

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed hi,.  24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so the waves swept over the boat.  But Jesus was sleeping.  25  The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us!  We're gong to drown!"

26 He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?"  Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27  The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this?  Even the winds and the waves obey him!"

We look forward to the time, and ask that you pray to God with us that it is soon, when we will once again get together to worship God, enjoy fellowship, and get-togethers with friends and neighbors.

We continue to pray to God for wisdom and guidance.  Please pray for the Pastor, staff, Church Board, and our neighbors as we navigate these troubled waters.  Also please continue to love your neighbors by seeing how you can assist those who live near you.

In Christ we remain,

Bob Dietsche, President, Darrel Brenner, Vice President,and Mission Trustee, Dan Larson, Treasurer, Sandy Palmer, Secretary and Fellowship Trustee, Tom Mulleady, Technology Trustee, Peter Allen, Education Trustee, Cheryl Wenthe, Worship Trustee, Larry Pearson, Facilities Trustee, Rog Severson, Membership Trustee, and Pastor Cathy Northrup

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