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May 1, 2020 - Important Update

Dear Friends,

“God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble. 
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;” Psalm 46:1-2

As the news for our state and city evolves with new guidance and thoughtful decision-making, I want to reaffirm that the leadership of Second Presbyterian Church is actively listening, praying, and discerning the path ahead.

Especially now, I find myself deeply grateful for this welcoming community of faith – a community anchored in faithful leadership, genuine compassion, and Christ’s abiding love for each of us and all our neighbors. You are indeed holding faith, together.

Announced just yesterday, Mayor Hogsett has extended the stay-at-home order for Marion County to May 15, and earlier today, Governor Holcomb provided additional guidance for our state

As we yearn to move forward, we must also be guided by careful planning and assessing. Prudence and prayer will continue to guide our thoughts as we seek our own careful and hopeful next steps during these changing tides.

For now, after deep reflection and prayer, we wanted to share the following updates regarding Sunday worship and our building programming:

  • Through the month of May, our building will remain closed to all programming (Bible studies, guest speakers, luncheons, Sunday school, small groups, committee meetings, etc.).
  • Also for the month of May, our Sunday worship will remain online only.

With heavy hearts, we have also made important decisions regarding in-person and overnight summer activity at Second, including cancellation of the following events:

  • Presbyterian Women’s Inspiring Speaker Series (May luncheon)
  • Deacon May Memorial Service (May)
  • Children’s Circle Summer Preschool (May-June)
  • Presbyterian Women’s Summer Sale (June)
  • Men@Second Fishing Trip (June)
  • Vacation Bible School (June)
  • Youth Summer Trips (Service trips and Footsteps of Faith; June and July)

Our deepest commitment remains to the well-being and health of our faith community, you and your families, and the staff of Second Presbyterian Church. These decisions – worship, programming, and summer events – were made with great care and deep discernment through prayer and practical, wise guidance. It is also important for me to say that they were made with feelings of sadness, disappointment, and grief. Still, until we can come back together safely, taking into account the full breadth of our congregation and the precautions we must pursue, we simply cannot put members of this welcoming community of faith at unintended risk.

We remain in regular communication with the leadership of our city and state, our public health officials, and the Session of our church. We will continue to stay in close touch as further decisions are made.

As always, we are here for you and we continue to find strength in the gift of fellowship – even while apart. We continue to offer support for every burden you may be carrying and for every prayer you may have.

I want to thank you for sharing words of gratitude and affirmation, for your prayers, for your notes of encouragement, for your continued support of your church. For the innumerable ways that you, in word and action, are holding faith together. I especially want to thank you for your engagement in Sunday worship services. I cherish those moments shared each week. Even though we are not together in body, our online worship provides sacred time to experience God’s presence and find refuge in God’s strength. Each week, I am reminded that, no matter what, we are held together in Christ’s faithful and unconditional love. Our worship and deep sense of community will keep us strong, courageous, and faithful. They always have.

In Christ’s love,
Chris

Rev. Christopher A. Henry

Second Presbyterian Church
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