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Gustavus Adolphus Campus Closes Until March 27

• Saturday, March 14th, 2020
How Does Gustavus Adolphus Best Serve

Our Community In These Difficult Times?

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Friends and Neighbors;

 

At the heart of our mission at Gustavus Adolphus is “to be a GAteway of faith with our city, neighborhood, and each other.” This afternoon, your church council and staff met to discuss how we proceed in this unsettling time of illness. To be faithful to our mission we have made this decision:

 

GA Will Close Our Campus on March 14, 2020 until at least March 27, 2020

 

This novel coronavirus that is spreading will, we are told, be an inconvenience to many who are infected…a mild cold. But for our most vulnerable populations it can be much more severe.

 

It is more important for Gustavus to be a congregation that offers extra caution and care rather than being a place where the coronavirus could spread. This is not an easy decision and it is disappointing not to be able to gather together in person, but we are confident that it is the wisest and most boldly loving step we can take.

 

We are closing to thoroughly sanitize our building and to not be another source of infection. We are incredibly sad to cancel worship, but it needs to be done. The medical community is saying that the key to managing this illness is to slow it down. We can help do that by minimizing public gatherings at GA.

 

We cannot allow “social distancing” to distance us as a community, however. If you are feeling isolated or alone, call us at church! We are here for you. Also, please be sure to reach out to your friends from GA and stay connected that way.

 

Early next week we will be announcing additional outreach ministries that we hope you’ll consider supporting as we get through this together. It is a difficult time for us, but our faith reminds us that in the midst of it all, God remains faithful and present. Reach out to your pastors with prayer requests or concerns. Though we will be apart, we remain Christ’s body:

 

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, [or pandemic!], or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

(Romans 8:35, 37-39)

 

Pastor John Hierlinger

Pastor Amanda Simons

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