Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church - Marshfield, WI

Pastor Belt Has Covid

This is Pastor Andrew.  I woke up on 5/6 with some covid symptoms.  I went and got tested yesterday and found out this morning (5/7) that I am positive for Covid-19.  I am overall doing well, and so is my family, and I am also a bit surprised it hasn’t happened to me sooner. Though the timing is probably the best it can be for it to happen with the next couple of weeks being slow at church.  I am a bit tired and with a cough, but beyond that I am holding steady.  Pending my condition, I will come off quarantine next Friday 5/14.  

Due to this though, plans will be altered for the week.  Here is a listing of the following.  As you can imagine, I have been in contact with a lot of people to alert and alter plans, so forgive if I miss something here.  

For Sunday May 9th.  The elders and a few people have said they still want to meet on Sunday.  Bless your heart.  Please still gather if you are able and willing.   Throughout the history of the church, when her leaders were absent, sick, killed, or jailed, the flock would still gather to pray, sing, and read Scripture.   A copy of my sermon will be provided that you can read and our elders will lead us through an abbreviated service that will consist of just that: prayers, readings, and hymns.  It is Mother’s Day and roses will be handed out still too. The FM will still be on as well.  
Next Thursday, 5/13, Ascension Day (my 2nd favorite church holiday too), Pastor Ryan Anderson will be filling in for me for service.  A special thank you to Pastor Mark for filling in for me last night (5/6).  You can watch that service on Sunday as well.  

The office will be closed next week.  Chapel, Bible classes, and Confirmation Conferences will not be held next week either.  

Council/Boards will be delayed a week to 5/17.  

Pastor Mark and Pastor Ryan are on call for emergencies. You can still call me and I can forward the message to them.  

Finally.  Thank you.  Already several of you have reached out to me with comforting words and aid.  I appreciate that and it touches me so.  It reminds me of 2 Corinthians 1, when Paul writes, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort which we ourselves are comforted by God.”  

God’s peace to you all in Jesus Christ our Lord!
Pastor Andrew Belt  

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