March 17, 2020
Members and Friends of Bridgewater Church of the Brethren,
Indeed, we are in wilderness times. All of us are trying to respond in the best ways possible as circumstances continue to shift and change. We are working to connect and “be church” during this unexpected time even as we practice social distance as a way to love our neighbors as ourselves. We write to let you know of decisions made at Bridgewater Church of the Brethren in light of the coronavirus pandemic affecting us all.
All activities and events on the church calendar are being suspended until further notice. If you need access to the church building, contact Tony Stovall or Chris Zepp. The food pantry will be open and arrangements will be made to bring items curbside. Pastors and program staff will be working primarily from home. You are free to contact them by email, text, or phone. If you need contact information or access to the directory, contact the church office directly (firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-828-3711). Messages will be checked daily.
We will be trying different ways to reach out to you, both online and by mail. This coming Sunday morning we hope to bring a meditation to you through the Bridgewater Retirement Center connection and other options available through YouTube, Facebook, or other online options.
Perhaps it need not be said that your financial giving during this time will be helpful and appreciated. We have much to be thankful for and our giving is a way to offer our gratitude. Leadership has been clear that staff will be paid during this time and hours adjusted as needed and appropriate. Checks can be mailed, or this may be the time to explore online giving! It’s easy and the link can be found on our church web site: bwcob.org.
We welcome your feedback and ideas. Please explore the enclosed newsletter for further information and to find a free postage stamp for your use in connecting with others the coming days!
With all due respect to your physical well-being, which concerns us considerably, our primary calling is to nurture your spiritual health. To be sure, the medium will be different, but the intent is for the congregation as a whole and for individuals to continue their spiritual journeys during the hiatus. With the Lord as our shepherd, may our fellowship bond even closer and our faith grow deeper. Please join us in walking through this wilderness with Jesus.
In Christ’s love,
Steve Longenecker (Moderator)
Ted Flory (Board Chair)
Christy Dowdy, Josh Eye, & Chris Zepp (Bridgewater Church of the Brethren staff)