Coronavirus and the Church

Matthew 22:39
And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’


Afternoon Church Family,
If you have seen the news at all, you are aware that the Coronavirus has been reported in Maine. As of this moment, there are 2 cases that the State of Maine has confirmed positive for the virus.
As the leadership of the church, the deacons and myself have had discussions on how to best go forward.  Church is about community. By it’s very nature we are drawn to gather together.  We are also called to love and care for each other. In light of this, the deacons and I are  in full agreement on the following:
1) First of all if you are feeling sick, please for the safety of others, stay home. I know the temptation is to just suck it up and go to church, but this is a time to be extra aware of not just yourself, but others.
2) We ask that you all refrain from shaking hands and hugging. This is so hard for a touchy person like myself, but once again this is about others. Feel free to wave or smile to your heart’s content.
3) Starting next week, we are putting the Potluck Fellowship time on hold. I know so many of you look forward to this time, but this is the most “full contact” time we have.  So once again, putting this on hold for a while will help us protect others.
4) This is all in flux. As new information becomes available, we will make new assessments, and we will work hard to let you all know what we are doing.
5) Lastly, If you are uncomfortable or concerned please stay home. Ultimately what you do is between you and the Lord. The weekly message is available online at We can mail you the weekly bulletin each week as well.
We need to help watch out and care for each other and to bathe our community and country in prayer. This is a time for the church to pull together even if it requires us to do so in separate places.

Pastor John