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Grace Lutheran Church (ELCA) of Carrollton TX

COVID19 Update GLC 4/2/2020

Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."  

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I pray that this letter finds you healthy and in good spirits.  I must admit that the last few weeks have tested my spirit.  Like you, I have heard the stories of the doctors fighting this disease and of those patients that have experienced severe symptoms.  I have seen the stress on the grocery clerk’s faces and heard the trials of the truck drivers working to deliver necessary goods to us.  The impact this is taking on us can be overwhelming.  

I also see God’s good works, carried out by his people.  I see people out walking and talking, albeit at a distance, to their neighbors.  I have received calls and messages from friends and family.  I have witnessed hope, joy, patience and faith in great abundance, and I am grateful.  

The Congregational Council of Grace has continued to meet to determine the best path forward.  As you read in e-notes, we have suspended live services through April. Obviously, this means that we will not be gathering in person for Holy Week.  While I am disappointed that this is necessary, I am thankful that council has the wisdom to prioritize our health over our desire to meet.  I want to thank our council for their leadership during this very difficult time.  

Virtual services will continue throughout the month, including Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.  We are working to improve the service every week and I want to thank Eric Nietubicz for the time and effort he has put into bringing these services to us each week. 

There are other plans for Holy Week, so keep watching for announcements.  The council will continue to reach out to share the peace, and I encourage you all to take time this weekend to call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and just, catch-up.  

I leave you with this quote from John Quincy Adams;
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

Yours in Christ,

Scott McClenaghan
President, Grace Lutheran Church Congregational Council