March 31, 2020
“For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” – Romans 12:4-5
In these uncertain times when your congregation is not meeting in-person, it is easy to say to yourself that because you are not meeting, the church doesn’t need my offering. So often we see the church as the building and we forget the church is the people of God. Your congregation is not closed. Your congregation’s ministry has moved outside the building. The body of Christ is still alive and well.
You can continue to participate in the body of Christ and your congregation’s ministry even while we are apart:
Stay well. Wash your hands, stay home, eat well, exercise. Keeping yourself well in these days will allow you to help others.
Help others. Even though we are apart, you can help others. Offer to make a few phone calls to check on members. If you are able, pick up medication for someone who cannot get out. If someone needs groceries and is not able to order online, offer to make the order and schedule the delivery.
Pray. The news is often daunting and confusing. One thing remains true: you are a beloved child of God, called and claimed in the waters of baptism. Pray for your pastor, congregation members, community agencies, health-care workers, first responders, grocery store workers, small business owners, truck drivers, farmers, and all those who continue to work to help us sustain ourselves.
Give. Continuing to give your offering is another way you can participate in your congregation’s ministry. If your congregation is set-up for online giving, you can give in that way. You also can mail a check to the church which includes your name and envelope number.
Your congregation’s ministries continue to be a blessing to the community in these unusual days. Feeding ministries, prayer ministries, visitation by phone, and a host of other ministries are still happening through your congregation. We are proud of our pastors and deacons and lay worship leaders as they continue to find creative ways to be the church together even though we are apart. Please continue to financially support your congregation while we are apart, your gift ensures that your congregation will be able to continue its ministry long after this crisis is over.
May God’s peace and blessing be with you now and always.
The staff in the Office of the Bishop of the Allegheny Synod
+Bishop Michael Rhyne
Pastor Becca Ehrlich, Director for Evangelical Mission
Pastor Paula Schmitt, Assistant to the Bishop
Mrs. Michelle Bossler, Office Manager