Sunday morning worship is canceled effective immediately and until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak and out of concern for the well-being of all.
We are living in unchartered territory and at an unprecedented pace. It is up to all of us to adopt best practices that will assist in keeping us healthy including social distancing. Our own California state officials are advising communities to suspend public gatherings in light of the COVID-19 virus. Our Wesley community is made up of many those considered to be at high risk, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions. And so Pastor Karen and the Lay Leadership of Wesley have made the difficult decision to cancel worship until things are more clear and safe.
Worship will be live-streamed on Sunday on Facebook and the sermon will be posted on Sound Cloud on our website on Monday. You can also “worship” in ways that are meaningful to you – reading, walking, enjoying the out of doors, praying. It is even more essential to check in with your family and friends via phone, text, and email. This may be a good time to reconnect on Facebook. There are no perfect solutions to our being together but we believe that these and other practices will help us get through this crisis.
We will do our best to keep you informed, even as things changing rapidly. At this point:
- The LGBTQi and Allies Potluck scheduled for March 15 has been canceled.
- Sunday School classes for children and adults are canceled.
- Weekday small groups, including Bible study and book studies, are still scheduled.
- The Pink Cow and the Food Pantry will be open as scheduled.
- The Tuesday Crew will still meet and work
- Base Camp will serve carry-out meals through the kitchen window.
- The Office will be open as usual, Monday through Thursday, 9 am – 3:30 pm
COVID-19 is testing our understanding and commitment to our interdependence as the body of Christ, “when one part suffers, all parts suffer.” The potentially lethal impact on those with underlying health conditions and on age requires all of us to respond. If you are not in one of those categories you may have a false sense of security. But even those not in a high-risk category can inadvertently spread the virus to those who can least afford to contract it. “Therefore it is both a moral and pragmatic imperative to take this outbreak seriously and play our part to protect ourselves and others, particularly those most in harm’s way.” It is a time for responsibility and solidarity but we cannot let the fear go viral . . . Let’s overcome this common threat together.” – from Sojourners at www.sojo.net