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Council President Update

Dear Fellow Members of the Flock,

Last week, I wrote to you about how we were dealing with the coronavirus so that we could safely worship together in the same space. So much has changed since then. Schools, restaurants, gyms, malls and churches are closed.  Many people are working from home or have been furloughed from work. I am now writing to you about how we can continue to be church togetherwithout being in the same space.  The church is not brick and mortar; it is the people who believe in the Risen Lord Jesus.

Here are a few ways that we can keep the church alive:

Use technology to meet and be together, but physically-distanced.
o Church Council used ZOOM to video conference
o Finance Committee met via a conference call
o Perhaps, the bookclub can meet this way, so keep reading
Join  a new Facebook group: Good Shepherd – Monroe. This is a place to gather and share concerns, joys, funnyand spriritual messages.  There are about 30 members so far.
Call one another.  Council members are calling every family to check-in and see how each family is and what the church can do for them.
Read Pastor Doug’s sermon (it will be emailed to you and posted on the Good Shepherd web pages) and have church at home this week.
Contine contributing to the church by mailing a check to the church.  Tim Carlson, our treasurer, says that we have cash on-hand to pay for at least two months of expenses. We will have physically-distanced teams of counters at least twice a month.
Support food pantries and feeding programs.  I’ve emailed the Monroe Food Pantry to see how we can continue to support them. I will let you know what I find out. You can support the virtual food drive at the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (
Share the Peace of the Lord on Sunday morning via text, phone call, email (be creative) with your pew mates.
Look for a video service for Sunday, March 29th.
Pray. Pray for the church and the world
Yours in Christ,
Donna Duessel