COVID 19 Update From Pastor Jason
After much deliberation and in response to the spread of the Coronavirus, the Session has come to the decision to cancel in-person worship the 15th and 22nd of March. This decision is reinforced by Johnson County’s decision to declare a state of emergency.
This is not a decision that we have made lightly. Worship is the center of our lived expression of faith. We enjoy seeing one another, singing together, worshiping together, and sharing fellowship together. The great commandment that Jesus gave to his disciples was to “Love one another as I have loved you.” In times such as these, the best way that we love one another is to make sure that we are taking care of ourselves and our neighbors by limiting possible exposure to this virus.
Those most at risk for dire complications from this virus are those who are over 65, those who have underlying medical issues, and those who are immunocompromised. We are a multigenerational community. Just as we would not want to sponsor a program that would put any children at risk, we want to keep the health of our entire congregation in mind.
Pastor Jason is looking into alternate ways that we might engage one another as a community of faith. In the meantime, reach out to your neighbor, if that is safe for you. If your neighbor has to work and school is cancelled, help with childcare. If your neighbor is at risk and you are not, offer to pick up groceries, run errands, and check in with them. If your children or grandchildren are at home with you, let them call, sing, draw, and create items for those who cannot get out. Loneliness is a significant problem. Remember that even when we do not gather together, we are the body of Christ for the world.
We will continue to be in contact with you during this time. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
The Session of Overland Park Presbyterian Church
About Overland Park Presbyterian Church
Overland Park Presbyterian Church is a place where we affirm the following for those in Overland Park, Johnson County, and Kansas City:
Because God is love, God calls us to create a community that is open and accepting. We do this by meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our neighborhood.
Overland Park Presbyterian Church is a member of PC(USA). We are an inter-generational congregation with both older and younger members and know that we are incomplete without each other. We believe that God has called us to be together, and we invite you to come explore life, faith, and all the messiness that it entails as we seek God’s kingdom here on earth.