March 18, 2020
Dear church family and friends,
I must inform you that the session and pastor of The Presbyterian Church of
Floyd have recognized our responsibility to follow the guidelines for safety
against the current coronavirus outbreak. Although no cases of the virus
have been identified in our community at this moment, we are aware that
could change quickly if we don't exercise extreme caution. Current
guidelines coming from the federal Center for Disease Control and from the
governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia recommends that all gatherings
of 10 or more persons be discontinued at this time. Obviously, that
includes virtually every church. Other churches in our community and
throughout the nation are taking action to comply.
As a result, our church will be closing for at least 2-weeks, at which time
we will evaluate the situation in consultation and coordination with
federal and state guidelines for safety. It is possible that the closure will
last longer. We will keep you informed. Here's what this means:
o No worship services or Sunday School on March 22 and 29. The church
will be closed.
o No Wednesday night Bible study until further notice.
o No choir practice until further notice.
o No men's prayer breakfast until further notice.
Most of us have never been through a pandemic before, so it is difficult to
abruptly change our lifestyle. However, we recognize that it is for the
common good that we make our health a priority at this time. We love our
congregation, and we will do what we need to do to ensure your safety.
I will be coming up with some creative ways to minister during this time--
including sermons posted on our web page (www.pcfloyd.org). I hope
everyone will use this as a time of rest and renewal, realizing how much we
value our faith in a risen and living Christ. As Jesus said to his disciples,
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the
world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid
(John 14:27)." Those are Jesus' words to us today!
In the peace and comfort of Christ,