Message Regarding the Coronavirus
(November 20, 2020)
“Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)
We have hit new levels of the pandemic in our state, in our region, and in our country. The Session of IPC met by Zoom on Thursday, November 19, and discussed the recent spread of the coronavirus pandemic, along with the recent “stay-at-home” advisory from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health.
The Advisory implores residents to “stay home at the greatest extent possible” and “only leave your home to go to work or school, or for essential needs such as seeking medical care, purchasing essential items from a grocery store or pharmacy, picking up prepared food, or receiving deliveries.” The Session, therefore, recommends that all committees indefinitely meet virtually, rather than in person. And ask that only essential business (including AA) be conducted in the building.
Furthermore, the Session encourages individuals to participate in worship virtually through the Sunday morning live-stream of our services. Although the idea of closing the doors of the sanctuary was discussed, it was felt to be an unnecessary restriction at this time because we project a small turnout for in-person service and because we have had in place for several months mask and distancing requirements at the service with good adherence by attendees.
However, restrictions will need to be revisited if individuals are not taking their own proper precautions. We implore all individuals to first consider the safety of others and to not come into the building if they are showing any symptoms or have any reason to suspect exposure to COVID-19.
The link to the live-stream is on our website homepage (ipcusa.org), and will be sent out via email Sunday morning. At 10:30 am, all you need to do is click on the link. We have worked to improve this opportunity and encourage you to join us virtually this Sunday.
As one medical professional pointed out, we are in the fourth quarter of this pandemic. We are tired and fatigued, but the end is near, and we must finish the game strong. We are all ready for this thing to be over, but we must remain vigilant and do what we can to keep our community safe. “Weeping may linger for the night” the Psalmist sings, “but joy comes with the morning.”
Rev. David B. Wigger
November 20, 2020