Dear congregation, friends and partners of Martin Luther Church, as of Monday, March 16, 2020 we will be shutting down all non-essential services at the church in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak. Employees will be working from home and all groups, meetings and worship services will be cancelled.
We have also determined that the Farewell Service scheduled for March 22nd for Pastor Dr. Christian Ceconi will not take place. We were expecting a turnout of 300+ people, rendering the event a risk to all participants.
Please be mindful of his time as he prepares for departure, but feel free to contribute to the farewell book by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your sentiments or sending your postcard to the church office before March 22. Additionally, we are looking for an opportunity in June when Pastor returns to pack up his home for an informal farewell.
Please expect a phone call during the coming week with updated information as well as an additional e-mail with a response package for spiritual nourishment and community building despite the protocols of social isolation.
Worship services will still take place as scheduled this Sunday, March 15, 2020 at 9:45 am in English and 11:00 am in German. However, there will be no coffee/tea following the service.
Posted on March 11, 2020:
Dear friends and members of the Martin Luther Church.
God’s grace and peace to you. Recent news about the spread of coronavirus infectious disease (COVID-19) has raised concerns for many of us for the well-being of people across the world and potentially in our communities and neighbourhoods.
At this point all our worship services and groups are running as usual. Updates will be provided as the need arises.
The Martin Luther Church community closely monitors and follows the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) .
For more information, please read the following letter from our National Bishop, Rev. Susan Johnson, ELCIC http://www.elcic.ca/news.cfm?article=548