COVID-19 and PPC 03/10/2020

Dear Pennington Presbyterian,

I’d like to offer you an update on our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Some of you likely read the Pastor’s Thoughts in last week’s newsletter that explained what we are actively doing to promote good practices that help prevent the spread of virus. These include encouraging diligence and frequency in handwashing, care with food handling, and refraining from signs of affection like hugs and handshakes. We also strongly encourage any who may be sick (with anything) to stay home and do all you can to rest and recuperate. 

In addition, a team of church folks are organizing to work on contingency plans just in case the virus spreads locally and we have to hold off on some of our regular church events and activities, including worship. We are not at that point now! This is just a message to let you know we are making plans for how to be church if we have to refrain from gathering together at the church. Some of what we do can be shifted to utilize on-line communications. We recognize that not all of our people are computer savvy so we will also have plans for how to reach out to and care by phone.

If the church has to cancel programs or worship services, or close the church office and building for a time, you will be able to access information about this by going to the front page of our website www.pennpres.org or by calling the church office 609-737-1221 and pressing extension 14. My outgoing message will inform you of any changes. If you get my regular greeting, then you may presume we are open and things are “normal.”

Please join us in praying for all who are sick with this virus, in our country and around the world, and for health care workers. Let’s also be praying for  infectious disease specialists as they  guide us through the coming weeks, and government officials who have extra responsibility at times like this. We pray, too, for those who feel overwhelmed with fear or anxiety. Please continue to pray, read scripture, and sing hymns and spiritual songs. These Christian practices ground us in the grace of God.  

“O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

In Christ,

Rev. Nancy Mikoski