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Pastor’s Pen – November 18, 2020

Management Team – COVID-19 Response

Eastminster to remain closed for the next four weeks.

The Management Team at Eastminster met again on Sunday, 15th November, 2020.  They had a lengthy discussion on the sharply increasing incidence of the virus in Ontario and, to a lesser extent, in Belleville.  The discussion included thoughts about the age-demographic of our congregation, the safety of volunteers needed to run a service, the problems of gatherings indoors, and the problematic asymptomatic transmission of this highly contagious virus.

With regret, the Team decided to continue to operate with caution and not gather for Worship Services for another four weeks.  The situation will be reviewed mid-December.

With the possibility now that closures will affect our Christmas Services, George Couperus and I are looking into the possibility of a short Christmas Eve outdoor, parking-lot service of carols (weather permitting).  We will let you know as plans proceed.

With the promising news from several companies engaged in vaccine trials, it looks like there is a light at the end of this long tunnel we have been in.  Please pray that a good and safe vaccine for COVID-19 will be available in the coming months.

I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your wonderful, on-going financial support of the church.  Who would ever have thought that church services would have been suspended for so long?  Who would ever have thought that without the passing of the offering plate each week, the church would be able to continue?  Yes, we are down a little in terms of offerings, but we are down also in terms of expenses and with some help from a government employment program, we are managing.  I thank God for this and that God’s people have responded in this difficult season of church life.

Bless you all,

Pastor David