"We envision Saron Church as an active, welcoming community of faith, an embodiment of Christ-like grace and love, which ministers to the community and the world. Building upon our heritage of strength, we will strive to grow in numbers, in faith,and in commitments to the ways of Christ."
Dear Church Family 3-16-20
As you are well aware COVID 19 has had an impact on all our lives! The Consistory and Pastor RaeAnn have engaged in many conversations about what our response should be. We have read the recommendations for our denominational leaders and the CDC. On March 15, the decision was made to suspend all face to face gatherings at Saron until Sunday, April 5. This includes Sunday worship, Lenten meals and program, Sunday School, choir practice, and all other groups that would be scheduled to meet during this time period. While it may not have been a hard decision, it was an agonizing one. This is the season of the church year that is filled with activities and events we all enjoy and look forward to (personally I will miss the Wednesday night simple meals!). But we are a part of a much larger community and we need to be good neighbors by doing what is right for that community.
Pastor RaeAnn will be available for any pastoral care needs, so please contact the church office (920-467-6202) or her cell phone (920-838-3172). In person visits will be evaluated on a case by case basis as nursing homes and hospitals are restricting visitors. We are looking at various ways of worshiping together for the next two weeks. Sunday’s service was live streamed, and several people viewed it. This may continue to be an option for us. The church office will remain open as well during normal hours.
We do not stop being the church just because we can’t gather in one place. Already today, Saron has been the church by helping to feed families who will struggle during this time of no school and decreased work hours for many with donations of food items to Helping Kids and Immanuel UCC’s Drive Up Food Pantry. You can help in other ways as well. Call on one another to check in, especially those who are home bound or in nursing homes. Mail in your gifts so that mission and ministry can continue. Prayer for one another and send your prayer requests to the office to be included in our prayer chain. If you would like to be a part of the prayer chain contact the office as well.
In some ways this is an exciting time as we will be forced to get creative in not only the ways we worship, but in the way we care for one another. We are being given the opportunity to Be The Church.
The Consistory will continue to monitor the recommendations and update you as changes are made.
Joshua 1: 9 “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Blessings and Good Health, Saron UCC Consistory and Pastor RaeAnn
Saron United Church of Christ W3830 County Rd. J Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085