Easton Presbyterian Church Family and Friends,

 

In compliance with the Governor’s directive to “shelter in place,“ the Session of Easton Presbyterian Church is choosing to cease all gatherings and activities associated with the church for the near term. We will continually monitor the ever-evolving situation and make adjustments accordingly. 

 

This means that as we have watched the unfolding news about Covid-19, we have made it our conscious and prayerful choice to stand with our community and band together to fight this disease. All non-essential trips away from home are strongly discouraged. Without person-to-person transmission of the virus, the hope is to lessen the severity of spread and ultimately to save lives.

 

Our Presbytery has offered this sage advice:

 

“While gathering for worship is clearly a priority for all of us, in making such a decision, [to temporarily refrain from gathering] we need to consider our responsibility as members of the broader community in which we are located - to care for and support them.  It is also important to honor the guidance provided by our public health officials, even though we may not always agree with it, or feel in some way that it doesn’t apply to us.

 

The spread of the Coronavirus is well-documented and we are convinced that the benefits of gathering for worship, despite clear guidance not to do so, would likely end up as a negative witness to those we are trying to reach with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We want to stand with our communities to do whatever we reasonably can to stop the spread of the virus, both in our church and beyond.”

 

Between October of 1918 and February of 1919, the Spanish Flu hit our nation’s capital with devastating force. The health officials of the day required that all public gatherings be terminated and the churches of Washington DC complied by temporarily cancelling their worship services. They were an example to the community of their day. My hope is that we will offer the same example to our community during the current health crisis.

 

In the meantime, I offer you these words from Psalm 46 for your comfort and prayerful consideration.

 

“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

 

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

 

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

 ‘Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.’

 

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

- Psalm 46 selections

 

Your pastor,

David Abdo

Easton Presbyterian Church

5895 South Elm Avenue

Fresno, CA  93706

@2017 Easton Presbyterian Church

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday:  8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Closed For Lunch: 12:30 - 1:00 p.m.

Phone:  (559) 266-0695    Fax:  (559) 266-0696

info@eastonpres.com