Starting March 22, 2020, we will be live streaming our Sunday morning worship services on YouTube, at least for the duration of the Covid-19 shutdown. All you need to do to connect is to click HERE using the high-speed internet device of your choice. The stream will go live ~10:45 am, with the worship service itself beginning at 11:00 am. While you are there, be sure to subscribe to the BWCOB YouTube channel to stay connected to all future offerings!
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)
To our BWCOB Family of Faith –
We are sure you are well aware of all that is swirling around us with the spread of the latest coronavirus (Covid-19) dominating the news and causing rippling effects around our community and our world. In order to do our part to take strong steps now which will hopefully slow the spread of the virus and ease the burden on medical facilities, we are making the decision to cancel all activities/Sunday School classes and worship this coming Sunday, March 15. The Bridgewater Church of the Brethren building will be closed on Saturday and Sunday.
We want to continue to closely monitor the developments and the recommendations from health officials and are making preparations to respond accordingly. In the next week, we will let you know of further decisions and cancellations.
Ultimately, each one of us needs to do what we believe is in the best interests of ourselves and/or our families. And as a community that values sharing life together, we know that relationships matter and that any disruption in our communal life has emotional and spiritual costs. Yet in recognizing that we are stewards of these relationships and that we live in a shared world, we must all strive to serve the common good. Though this virus may cause us to distance ourselves from one another for a time, we hold fast to the faith that there is nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. And who knows – perhaps in the midst of this health crisis, there is a hidden opportunity to discover new and creative ways of loving one another and working for our neighbors’ good.
Finally, please be in prayer for all those around the world whose lives have been touched by this pandemic; for the scientists, officials, and health care workers who are working tirelessly to understand this disease, combat its spread, and care for its victims; and for all those who are making decisions and dealing with the fallout of its effects.
In Christ’s love,
Christy Dowdy and Chris Zepp, Pastors, Bridgewater Church of the Brethren
Steve Longenecker, Moderator
Ted Flory, Board Chair