Lund Lutheran Church
Friday, April 10, 2020
Celebrating over 125 years of faith and love!

Covid-19 Update

Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,

The current news about COVID-19 is concerning. We know you are likely thinking about the impact of COVID-19 and what that looks like at Lund.

We are currently experiencing a new way of doing things with this Coronavirus Pandemic, uncharted territory. Not only nationwide or statewide but also in the local community and in the church and in other local businesses. In order to prevent the virus from spreading, leaders are calling for all citizens to adhere to a big change in lifestyle for the time being. This means staying away from large crowds, avoid shaking hands or giving hugs, staying away if you are sick or even feeling sick, covering your mouth with your elbow area when you sneeze or cough, not with your hands, stay home and away from large crowds if possible, and the list goes on.

Governors of a few states have already ordered the closing of bars and restaurants statewide to prevent big gatherings of people for public safety. In their statements, they ask that only hospitals and clinics, law enforcement offices, first responders and fire departments, and grocery stores remain open. These are called essential places.

Medical leaders have stressed time and again that one of the best ways to curb any illness is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and do it often. In my opinion, this is a common-sense approach but you would be surprised how many people do not do this. Store shelves are standing bare as folks have practically bought out all the necessary things like toilet paper, hand sanitizers, and even rubbing alcohol. It is impossible to find any of these items locally. Even online services like Amazon are sold out.

As many of you may have heard, March 16th, President Trump recommended that folks not gather in groups of more than 10 people. 10 people! I know that many folks will frown upon that declaration because they are not Trump supporters, but I believe that we should listen to his warning. He is only trying to help curb this virus just like anyone else would do. As your spiritual leader, I ask each of you to please for the time being put aside political biases and join into work for the greater good even if you don’t fully agree with it. Let’s come together to do what each of us can do to help prevent this virus from spreading and pray for God’s guidance through it all. The biggest thing we all can do is to pray right now!

Here at Lund, we are doing what we can to help in this fight against the coronavirus. Now, I know that not everyone is going to agree with the decisions made but please understand that we are doing this for the safety and well-being of our members, families, and friends. We are not taking this virus threat lightly, so we are carefully looking at what is best for our church and their families and friends for the unforeseen future. We are not making decisions on a whim. Serious thought is being put into all conversations and decisions. Remember, this is new to all of us as leaders too and we want to do what is best for everyone so we ask for your patience and support in all the decisions regarding our church, even if you don’t agree.

To start, we have canceled worship and all other church activities until April 5th. Around the first of April, we will gather together as a board and carefully re-evaluate where things are in relation to the coronavirus, hold a serious discussion, and decide how to move forward keeping everyone safe and healthy.

We encourage you to do what is best for your health situation, and we remind you that this is a fluid situation.

That being said, however, our secretary Pam and I will be in the office normal hours. In other words, the offices will be open as normal so if you will need anything please come in or call. We’ll be here. Please remember that my office is always open for you to come and talk if you want at any time. My door is always open!

We will continue to minister to people in need as we are able and as is allowed by our local facilities.

Remember, this virus is especially concerning for all people regardless of age. Therefore, out of love for our neighbors and service to them, it is vital that we attend to best practices to care for our neighbor: clean hands, good hygiene and staying home if sick or unwell, regardless of age.

At this time, we are reminded that the Lord is with us. He is above all things, in all things, through all things. He holds all things together. (Colossians 1:17). We do not have a spirit of fear but instead walk with prayerful discernment. We continue to place our trust in the Lord, turning to him for peace.

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Church Office or Pastor Steve. We will keep you informed of any changes as they come. And please remember, this is a fluid, ever-changing situation. May we continue to extend patience, gentleness, and grace as we navigate these waters. And don’t forget to pray! Pray often, pray for one another for safety and health.

As we stated earlier, not everyone is going to agree with the decisions made but we ask you to hold your leaders up in prayer as we continue to make these difficult decisions. Again, this is new for us as leaders too. Dr. Anthony Fauci (National Director of Infectious Diseases) stated in a post, “It is better to be aggressive and to be criticized for being aggressive.” And your leaders agree. We are looking out for the greater good of all when making decisions.

We will continue to monitor the situation and work to make prayerful decisions that are in the best interest of our congregation and community

Thank you for your grace and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented situation. We will do our best to inform you of any changes.

In the Savior’s Arms,
Lund Council & Pastor Steve