Dear friends in Christ:
Because of Canada's crisis in public health, Peace Lutheran Church must close its doors until at least the end of March.
Effective immediately, the facility is closed to meetings of any kind. This includes our regular gatherings for worship on Sundays, midweek Bible Studies, social gatherings, committee meetings, and the activities of outside rental groups.
We are doing this certainly because of our concern for your personal well-being, but also because it is mandated by various levels of government as well as by our Synodical and National Bishops.
We want to do our part to help slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus, so that the health-care systems will be able to respond to those in need. This is an expression of our love for you, our family members, friends, neighbours, and all God’s people.
In the coming weeks, we will continue to provide certain services:1. Our Interim Minister, Pastor Clifford Reinhardt, will be available to each and everyone by telephone or text at 604-790-1334, and by email at [email protected]
Our Administrative Assistant, Carol Nattrass, will continue her duties, mostly at home, and will also drop by the church to check for mail, phone messages, and email correspondence. She will work in the Church Office on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 AM until Noon, and that’s when you may visit in person to attend to your leadership responsibilities, or to drop off your offering, or to ask for Carol’s assistance in arranging Pre-Authorized Giving.3.
For the Sundays on which Peace Lutheran will remain closed, Pastor Cliff will prepare a sermon and a brief liturgy, and will send it out by email. This is not the same, of course, as all of us gathering as a community to pray, praise, and proclaim God’s grace in Jesus Christ, but it will provide opportunities in these anxious times to focus on God’s redeeming Word.
At this point we leaders do not know just when we may re-open our church facility for regular use, but we are hoping that it will be in time so that we may gather on Palm Sunday, April 5, at 10:30 AM for a Combined Service that will begin with a liturgy commemorating Jesus’ procession to Jerusalem and his subsequent Passion.
And if we cannot open by that date, then perhaps by Good Friday, April 10 at 10:30 AM, for a special service called “The Passion According to St. John,” featuring hymns in both English and German. Surely we will be able to celebrate the Resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday, April 12, in a festive Combined Service at 10:30 AM.
God grant you good health, the love of family members and friends, and the peace that only God can give.
Yours in Christ,
Lorna Steinke, Chair
Britta Rowe, Vice-Chair
Rev. Clifford Reinhardt, Interim Minister