By Pastor Doug Stratton    — April 5, 2020

Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” 

Philippians 3:13-14

It’s Palm Sunday! And even though we are not gathering face to face, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, especially as it is shared among us.  

We have been hearing for weeks about the importance of Social Distancing. As I have heard that expression, I knew the phrase was familiar. Finally, I remembered that social distancing is a measure used in sociology to refer to the way one social group may exclude other groups. The scale of social distancing is identified by asking people the extent to which they would be accepting of other groups, as family members, as neighbors, or as a close friend. As I spoke to Sean Tripline, he spoke of the damage social distancing has done to his community. So I would like to suggest that we remember that we are being told to practice physical distancing, because as followers of Jesus social distancing is not an option. So keep your physical distance while narrowing your social distance. And be especially thankful for those who are risking their lives on the front lines of medical community.

How to Connect this Week

Each week during this time of global crisis, we, as a congregation, will continue to gather spiritually in worship and prayer at 10:55 AM in our homes and with our families. This week, we will be presenting a worship service on Zoom that will be recorded and made available through our website.

Here at the directions: 

Use this link on your PC, Mac, smart phone or tablet


You can use your phone to call either of these numbers:



Use this identification number: 328-071-4972

If you are unable to connect with this service, here are some thoughts for your own time of worship. 

Meditate on God who has broken through the silence: 

Open My Eyes”

“God Speaking”

If you want to join a worship that is being streamed, you can find this map and links to churches in the region online:

Prayer Concerns:

  • Rob, a liver transplant recipient hospitalized without visitors or family
  • Lonely people in senior housing situations
  • Medical professionals laying their lives on the line each day
  • That we may find ways or closing the social distance while maintaining physical distance
  • Nancy who is reentering Chemotherapy
  • Those grieving in ways that are distant

And now, enjoy beautiful arrangement of “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”

I hope this will offer you encouragement this week. I will reach out again through the week. 

Online Giving

Remember, you can continue to support the work of the church by giving through our safe and secure giving portal at The needs of the church continue. In addition, the needs around us are growing. 

Stay Connected

If you are available to help others who are in need, please contact us at the church or by email at We are working on a database of helpers and needs that we will be able to address. 

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Doug