Dear Elim Congregants,
On Monday, March 16, a special Leadership Team meeting was held to discuss and decide on several topics related to the COVID-19 viral pandemic. By the time you read this, Sonoma County will likely call for all residents to shelter in place in a manner similar to the other Bay Area Counties. Schools have already extended their spring breaks by one to two weeks. Social gatherings are highly discouraged and other non-essential businesses are altering their operations or temporarily closing. To this end, the Leadership Team is implementing the following beginning at midnight Tuesday, March 17.
Although we won’t be worshiping together for the next couple of weeks, there are things that each of us can do to support the members of Elim and our mission. Most importantly, pray for Elim, Petaluma, and the world as we face down this contagion. Please keep in contact with each other by phone email, text, Facebook, or whatever works for you to see that everybody is okay. Even though our doors are shut, our staff will be working. If you have a special need, or know someone who has a need, call the church office (707-762-4081) or email and we will do what we can to help. If you normally support Elim using Sunday’s offering plate then please consider registering with our online giving service, tithe.ly, to make your pledge or simply send a check via US Mail to the office. We still have bills to pay.
Lastly we all can pray for this virus to end quickly. We can pray for those in our community to heal who are sick. And when this virus is past us we WILL celebrate.