By The Reverend Dr. William A. Evertsberg

Kinda feels like Friday the 13th, doesn’t it? After much prayer and consideration, the Board has decided to add KUC to the alphabet soup of cancellations and postponements (NBA, MLB, NHL, NCAA, XFL, PGA, not to mention Disneyland, Broadway, and much of Hollywood; thanks Hamilton Chang).

Well, let me qualify that. The 8 and 9 a.m. worship services are temporarily suspended, as is onsite worship at 10:30 a.m., but please worship with us remotely at 10:30 this Sunday, March 15. Go to kuc.org and follow the instructions to livestream or to access the archived services at your convenience.

Also, Christine Hides will hold an online version of Sunday School at 10 a.m. Christine, Katie, and Silvi will also reach out to you with virtual Children and Youth Ministry next week.

It was a difficult decision to make. Staff and Trustees know that what we do together in our sacred space on Sunday mornings is way more important than a basketball game or a movie release, yet just know that, as usual, every Sunday, the Good News will be preached, the songs will be sung, the organ will be masterfully played, the prayers, especially crucial at this time, will be prayed, albeit to an empty house, like the NBA and the NCAA tried for a while.

Most church groups and meetings have been suspended for now, but probably not all. Your group leader will be in touch.

Pastoral care must go virtual too, for now, taking the form of phone calls, texts, emails, written notes. Losing touch with our flock makes pastors sick (not literally), but we’ll do our best to stay virtually close. Please, please, please contact Jo, Katie, or me if you’d like to talk, have opinions or ideas, or know somebody who could use a pastoral touch.

Take comfort in the Psalmist’s assurance:

For God will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
and cover you with pinions.
Under divine wings you will find refuge;
God’s faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
You will not fear the terror of the night,
or the arrow that flies by day,
or the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
or the destruction that wastes at noonday. —91:3–6