Historic notice -
Dear Members of St. Paul's, Mt. Olive, and Trinity congregations-
We have gotten safely through Lent and celebrated Christ's resurrection in ways that Christian faith called for, and governor's order allowed.
Now we continue to shelter in place, and await the lifting of the strict safety measures. During this time we will not have services, classes, or meetings. However, please notify me if one of our members is in serious need of pastoral care so that God's people may have their spiritual needs attended to.
When Martin Luther was dealing with The Black Death plague, he wrote these words that can help inform the way we approach things happening in our world right now:
"I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air,administer medicine and take it.
I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus
perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to
take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either
my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will
go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does
not tempt God." (Luther's Works Volume 43 page 132 the letter "Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague"
written to Rev. Dr. John Hess)
Rev. Donald Main