The Grace of Our Lord and Savior be with you all!
Friends, the session of MJPC has discussed the current situation with regard to our church and the Covid-19 pandemic. We are fortunate to be in a position to act before the virus has, as best that we can tell at the moment, been introduced into our midst locally in Ashe County. The session’s faith in the providence of God remains firm and the session has acted not in fear but in faith that we are called to follow the best advice from the best sources to love our neighbors as ourselves. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that all gatherings of 50 or more persons cease for eight (8) weeks. Our own Salem Presbytery has recommended that all of our churches, of all sizes, comply with the CDC recommendation. Your session has voted to comply with recommendation of the CDC. Therefore, all public worship services and events at MJPC are cancelled through May 10th (Unless the CDC revises their recommendation).
We will not gather physically at MJPC during this time but we are all in this together and will remain together in the ways that are available to us: prayer, phone/cards/letters, social media, and the like. During this time:
• Join us online for worship each week! Worship will be live-streamed on Sunday mornings at 9am. It can be viewed anytime afterwards via the streaming archives (follow links at www.mjpc.org) or on our Facebook page (Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church). We will offer our combined worship with First Baptist and WJ UMC through at least the end of March.
• Join us for Holy Week Noon services! We will livestream our Holy week services each day, April 6-10 at 12noon. More information on how to connect with this event will be sent out closer to the date.
• ZOOM video conferencing! Zoom is free video conferencing software that you can download onto your computer and use to meet together online. MJPC will try to have some events (Bible Study? Q and A time?...) via Zoom. If you interested, check it out at this link: https://zoom.us/ and see what you think.
• The church office will be closed to visitors during this time. Please call the office during normal hours (Mon-Tue, 8:30-4; Wed, 8:30-1:30 for now) to reach Doris but if at all possible please refrain from visiting. There is a visitor’s log by the door if you do need to come by. Please record your visit.
Finally, if at all possible, do remember to keep up your giving to the church as you are able. We are in uncharted territory and some of you will not be able to give at this time. We understand. For those who are able, you can mail your support to the church PO Box. Please do not send mail to our street address. The post office will not deliver to our building. Our mailing address is:
PO Box 782
West Jefferson, NC 28694
We are also looking into setting up online giving via our MJPC website. We will let you know once that is up and running.
Friends, in these times we have been asked to keep our physical distance from one another but none of us is alone. We are simply doing what we can to work together as the church and society to stop or slow the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. In the meantime, call one another, send cards, send emails and texts, visit our church online on our website (www.mjpc.org) and on Facebook (Mount Jefferson Presbyterian Church) and in this way, “Let mutual love continue!” (Hebrews 13:1).
A letter with this and other pertinent info will be sent out the first of next week. Please call or text me anytime at 336-877-7451 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will continue to pray for you and will joyfully accept any prayers sent my way! All things must pass and we will get through this and have one glorious (if a little late by the calendar) Easter celebration together!
Grace & Peace to all!