Church Life Update 3/27/2020
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Westminster Friends and Family,
In these uncertain and changing times, this passage from the book of Romans gives us powerful encouragement and hope. It reminds us that nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. By God’s grace, through faith, we have certainty that our future is secure in Jesus’ loving arms. As we deal with the impact that COVID-19 is having around our world today, we have this incredible peace.
Session, in consultation with incoming Transitional Pastor Jeff Gissing, continues to monitor this very fluid and ever changing situation. As the State of Illinois has mandated that we stay at home until at least April 8, we will continue to suspend all services and activities held at Westminster Presbyterian Church thru April 13, 2020. We know many of you were hoping for an Easter miracle and the church would triumphantly gather to celebrate the Risen Lord. We still will celebrate Jesus.
Looking ahead, Elder Gapinske will deliver this week’s message, followed by Elder Drury who will lead all Holy Week online services. We will continue to bring you messages in this new digital way and hope you will embrace the opportunity to try something new. We know that this does not meet the needs of all of our covenant partners, but there seems to be no safe alternative other than staying away from each other.
We are going to offer our first ever “Online Communion” on April 9 (Maundy Thursday) at 7pm. We encourage each of you to gather the necessary supplies, juice/wine and crackers/bread, to partake in this celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Elder Drury intends to deliver a message from his home and share in communion in the same setting as everyone else. It’s an exciting opportunity that each of us can embrace and participate in.
We encourage each of you to embrace Prayer Deacon Dian’s mission for each of us to be a supplement to the Shepherd Program. Call, text, or email your WPC Family and grow connections in new ways. Share a laugh, but more importantly, share a prayer together to welcome Jesus’ presence. We want all of you talking so that when we do finally come back together, we can quickly engage in our various ministries and make a difference.
We want to hear your ideas on how we can make a difference right now in our communities. Please reach out and share your thoughts and ideas. Let’s show the world the “Westminster Way” and make an impact in the name of Jesus.
May we all lift up our medical professionals, police, fire, grocery workers, sanitation workers, and the many, many other essential workers who are risking their lives for our own. May God protect them and bring them home to their families every day.
Never forget, God is good!
Be well and God Bless.