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Coping with Covid

    Sep 29, 2020 | by Austin Jackson

    Greetings St. James,

    We know that most, if not all of you, are more than a little anxious to gather in-person for worship. And we can assure you that the staff, the ministry directors and the pastors want the exact same thing. We have missed seeing all of your smiling faces, great conversation and the occasional joke to keep us on our toes.

    We have been using this time of distance to better serve you. That means when we reopen for in-person worship, or if you are joining us online, that both worship experiences will be refined for the purpose of interaction and fellowship.

    You know, church was never called to do "Church." We were called to be a community. (Ephesians 2:19-22, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Hebrews 10:25) A community specifically for the purpose of glorifying God. A community that lifts each other up. A community that does not come to a halt when we need each other the most; when we need the connection; the fellowship.

    We are so excited to announce that in the next few weeks, a lot will change. We are committed to crafting a community that can coexist with the current state of our world. You will see more events, in-person [depending on Covid numbers] and virtual. And since we spend so much time engaging virtually, we have made investments into revamping our online presence. In the coming weeks, this will include a St. James App, a new website, new streaming platform for virtual worship and online events, even a streamlined giving platform- allowing you access to your giving history. And this is my favorite, an online directory to better help connect each of us, on or off campus.

    We do not know how long we will be walking around with masks, but St. James will not be turned from our mission of being the community we are called to be; one that "Translates Belief Into Action."

    -Austin Jackson and Shannan Wassel

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