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All in-person services and activities are canceled.  See below for more information about how you can connect to MPC during this time.

September 9, 2020
Dear MPC Saints,
 
Back in the spring, we all wondered what a COVID-filled summer would mean.  Believe it or not, we can now look back on that in hindsight.  We survived and even had some fun, but things were definitely different.  I suspect we’ll be saying the same thing about the fall.  We’ll survive it, may even have some fun, but everything will be different.
           
Here at MPC, our outside services have been going well.  People are gathered, the Word is read and proclaimed, hymns are sung, and God is rightly worshipped.  Also, as of this Sunday, we will celebrate Communion outside every Sunday.  Outside worship is clearly not the same as worshipping in the sanctuary, yet those who come love it.  We have also taken the cap off the limit of attendees.  Our parking lot is plenty big enough to handle us all.  Bring a lawn chair, a mask, and maybe an umbrella to keep the sun off.  I love having full parking lots on Sunday mornings.  We saw that before COVID, and we can see it now.
 
We are also offering Wednesday night activities for the children through AMP (Arts at Matthews Presbyterian) and youth groups on Sunday evenings.  Study halls for middle school youth will be available on Mondays from 7:45 AM-3:45 PM and for high school youth from 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM on Tuesdays.  Masks and social distancing are required.  Finally, preschool had its first day back this week and all went well. 
           
Several people have asked me about returning to in-person worship in the sanctuary.  We are looking into it.  The staff will gather medical guidance and present it to session on September 20th.  No measures will eliminate the risks of contracting or spreading COVID, but we might mitigate it enough to be able to try in-person worship in the sanctuary.  Stay tuned.  I will keep you informed.  Regardless of that decision, we will still offer virtual worship through Facebook Live at 10:30 on Sunday mornings.
           
The staff is working tirelessly to keep people connected, engaged, and nurtured.  If you have any suggestions or concerns, please let us know.  I just finished a Bible study on Hebrews (I’m starting another one this week on Ephesians), and I was struck by how intentional early Christians were about gathering for worship.  “They might throw you in jail and take your house and belongings,” the writer of Hebrews says, “but do not neglect the assembly.” 
           
Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about persecution, but we very much need to consider COVID 19.  Almost 200,000 Americans are dead now from it.  You will probably not agree with every decision the session makes about it.  We’re doing the best we can.  But I do encourage you to be intentional about staying connected and engaged.  God will see us through this.  Keep the faith and stay engaged.  I am blessed to be your pastor.            
 
In Christ,
Luke