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Dear VPC Community,
I promised to provide an update to you following the Friday meeting of the Session of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. At that meeting, decisions were made that impact our ministry. Let me quickly summarize those decisions:
- In an effort to “flatten the curve” of the spread of the Coronavirus, the Session decided to suspend our public worship gathering for the next three weeks. So, we will not gather for worship until May 3rd (subject to change). This also includes any special services, Sunday school classes and other Sunday activities planned on those dates.
- There was also a decision that all church meetings are either canceled or are to be held as virtual meetings through the end of March. We suggest that all outside groups using our facility consider implementing similar measures. Our church staff will continue to function in their normal capacity during this time.
- The Vanderbilt Learning Center will follow the guidelines and scheduling of the Collier County School System. However, should it become necessary, the Vanderbilt Learning Center Administration has Session authority to close the Vanderbilt Learning Center.
These were not easy decisions to make. Worship is a central action for Christians. It is very challenging to say, “We are not going to gather together for worship.” We are called to come together to praise God in the name of Jesus Christ. At the same time, Christ gives us a very strong example of protecting the health and well-being of everyone in our community. If we can delay the spread of this virus by keeping people away from each other, we believe that we have a chance of helping more people in the long-run.
I am working with the staff to prepare a video that will be available on our web site and Facebook page that will contain music, a meditation and prayer. This video will be available on Sunday. We are learning to use new technology to make this happen. One goal we have in this trying time is to learn new ways to keep the community connected one to the other when we are unable to meet in person. For example, I mentioned in yesterday’s writing about on-line giving. We will also add technology, like Zoom Video Conferencing, to our repertoire in order to hold virtual meetings.
We continue to pray for all of the individuals and communities who are and have been severely affected by COVID-19 and ask for our Lord’s wisdom and compassion as we seek to be faithful to the call placed on our lives to live in faith and without fear.
Communicating this information to the entire congregation can be difficult. So, let others know of these changes. Let’s make every effort to rise to the challenge before us!
As always, feel free to be in touch if you have any questions.