03.27.20 | Coronavirus | by Christopher Edmonston
March 27, 2020
Dear Friends and Members of White Memorial Presbyterian Church,
I pray you are healthy and adapting to life under “social distance” or “stay at home” directives. I hope you will join me in praying constantly for our world, our nation, our state, and our city as we look forward to a day when we might find ourselves ahead of COVID-19 instead of so very far behind it.
This email is a brief update on campus access through the month of April. Our Committee of Chairs, which is a part of our Session, was authorized last month by our Session to make decisions about campus openings and closings. On March 26 the group met, and in response to the directive from North Carolina State Health Officials to refrain from meeting in groups of 50 people or more, this group decided that our campus would be closed to all activities through the end of April. While this decision is a somber and sad one, it is also the responsible one. We must each do our part to help our neighbors near and far respond to the COVID-19 crisis. We will celebrate Easter together one day and it will be glorious. But until then, we share our prayers by email and internet postings; until then we sing quietly with our loved ones while watching streamed worship from our sanctuary.
I also want you to know that the Wake County “stay at home” directive allows for church streamed worship services provided that the leadership groups remain small and worship leaders use good social distancing. As our streamed worship is allowed, we will continue to stream on Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00. Please see your Thursday WMPC emails for a direct link to worship streaming which is your back-up link should our website experience problems in the future.
Also, you will soon notice some changes on the www.whitememorial.org website. The opening page will be a portal to all that you need to experience our congregation's life from home: links to worship, devotions, online giving, Facebook Live, Instagram, and more will be easy to locate and find. We hope you will visit often and find your online visit rewarding.
May God bless you in this time of great challenge. May God give us strength for the living of these days,
Christopher H. Edmonston