Dear CHW family,
Out of an abundance of caution and concern for our church family and public health, our church council has decided it is prudent to suspend CHW church services this Sunday, March 15th.
With the President declaring a National Emergency to address the spread of coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control recommending people over 60 or those with underlying health conditions to stay home as much as possible and also limiting in-person gatherings, we believe suspending services will help support the health of all. This decision was made for two reasons. First, the church is fully committed to following the guidance of health professionals, who advise against large gatherings of people in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. Second, and more importantly, we are called to protect the health and wellbeing of our entire community, particularly the most vulnerable among us.
As Christians, and as Americans, we must do everything within our power to help stop the spread of this pandemic. That will mean decisions both large and small. It is our moral, religious and civic obligation to take whatever steps are necessary.
During this unprecedented time in history, our church community will continue to be a source of strength, compassion and love for one another in our congregation and community. Although the building will be closed, we will follow the Scriptural admonition to pray without ceasing.
Due to the stress you are experiencing from all the unknowns, combined with concern for your immediate families, I want you to know I am available for pastoral care. Please call or email me if there is anything I can do to support you and your families.
Do not hesitate to contact Bill and Susanne Radford who have generously offered to help by going to the drug store or grocery store to pick up items you may need. They will deliver these to your home during this crisis.
These are anxious and uneasy times where we all are desperate for certainty. The one thing that we know for sure is that God’s love is stronger, deeper and more life-giving than anything we ever face. The Psalmist reminds us that our help comes from the Lord. We cling to this divine promise as we walk together through the valleys.
I ask that we use the Holy Season of Lent to spend time in personal reflection. Let us all continue to pray for a “Passover” of this horrifying coronavirus. As we face difficult decisions, the Lord will provide us wisdom and courage. He will help us find peace in the midst of this battle.
Blessings and Love,
Standing majestically along the hillside overlooking the historic town of Harpers Ferry and the picturesque Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, Camp Hill-Wesley United Methodist Church has long been a spiritual beacon to nearby residents and visitors alike. The church literally arose from the ashes of the Civil War.
All are welcome!