The Church’s Problem in November and December
October 6, 2020
By Pastor Bernau
Here are the months of November and December for 2020:
Step 1: Circle the days that you would like to gather with your extended family for the holidays, i.e. the family that you don’t live with on a day-to-day basis including children home from college. For many, hopefully most, this will include Thanksgiving on November 26 and Christmas on December 24 and 25. For some, maybe most, this might include the weekends on either side of the big days.
Step 2: Now draw a line through the 14 days that precede the dates you’ve circled. These are the days when you should avoid unnecessary gatherings of people in enclosed spaces because you love your family and don’t want to inadvertently expose them to the coronavirus.
Step 3: Now draw a line through the 14 days that follow the dates you’ve circled. These are the days, having recently spent time with your extended family, when you should avoid unnecessary gatherings of people in enclosed spaces (including worship) because you love your friends and neighbors and don’t want to inadvertently expose them to the coronavirus.
Step 4: Remember your pastor and staff have extended families too, including parents and children and grandchildren.
Step 5: Pray for a vaccine… and… pray for patience, because a vaccine has not yet been developed and once it is developed will take many months to produce and distribute.
Step 6: Remember the command of Jesus Christ, “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12) And remember the promise of God, “...you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you... Do not fear, for I am with you.” (Isaiah 43:4-5)
 For most, necessary gatherings include grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s appointments, school and work. In-person in a building worship is important, but not necessary during a pandemic when we have Online services.
 Between 20 and 45% of people may be contagious and asymptomatic.