We Welcome you
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An Important Message from Pastor Kathy…

November 15, 2020

Dear Friends,

As many of you know, Covid-19 cases in our county have been on an increase during these past several weeks.  We have seen a rise in hospitalizations and school closures.  This last week, our governor asked Nevadans to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread and ease the burden on our hospitals.  He did not ask churches to close, but after much conversation with our church council, we have made the difficult decision that after today, we are suspending our indoor worship services in an effort to do our part to try to keep our community safe. 

We will continue to offer our online service on Sunday mornings at 10:30, and we are thankful that we have the resources to make that such a quality service.  We also will continue to have small groups gather here at the church as they feel comfortable.  We do ask that if you are in the building that you come only if you are feeling well, wear a mask, maintain six-feet of distance with others, be sure to use hand sanitizer and wipe down any surfaces that you have touched. 

We hope that this limiting of services is only for a short time, and we will continue to monitor for the number of Covid-19 cases in the area to decline so that we can soon come together again.  With the holidays rapidly approaching, we are unsure what those numbers will do and we hesitate to predict when we will be open again for in-person worship.

I know many are asking about Holy Communion, finding that having the tangible presence of Jesus with them during this time to be so very helpful.  During recent weeks, I have been presiding at a virtual communion, and will continue to do so.  I am certain that Jesus didn’t have this method in his mind at the Last Supper, but knowing the meaning of the meal is for us to experience forgiveness and grace and know that Jesus is present with us as we journey through uncertainty, I feel comfortable offering an online blessing.  If you would like to use bread or a cracker and wine or grape juice from home, please do so.  If you feel more comfortable having consecrated wafers, wine or grape juice, you may stop by the church during church office hours and pick some prepared elements up from the kitchen. 

Alese will continue to work Monday-Thursday from 10-3 in the church office.  I may find that some days, I may opt to work at home, but I am always available, should you need anything.  In fact, Jeff and I just got new phones, and with our new phones, we both got local phone numbers, (about time, right?).  My new phone number is 775-443-6583 so please don’t hesitate to call or text if you would like.

I continue to give thanks for all of you and for your continued support for Holy Cross and our ministry together.  I continue to pray for you and for your loved ones during this health crisis and uncertain time.  And I very much look forward to seeing us all together again soon!

May God bless and keep you always!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Kathy Morris   

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