Church is cancelled until further notice

Statement of COVID-19 Policies and Practices for Cornerstone Community and Plymouth Bethesda Churches, Utica, NY

As we continue our walk through Lent, we are confronted with some fairly sobering realities that are affecting our common life together as the community of Cornerstone and Plymouth Bethesda Churches COVID-19 is indeed a threat the health of many of our more vulnerable members. Governor Cuomo has encouraged us to refrain from public outings. Many of our colleges have canceled on-site classes and have begun to use remote learning in order to quell the spread of this virus. And with all that is going on, I thought this an appropriate time to let all of you know how Cornerstone/Plymouth Bethesda will be responding to all these challenges.

1. Out of care and caution for our vulnerable members and neighbors we will be suspending public worship services and activities until further notice. We will live-stream the service on Facebook live at our regular gathering time, 11:00 am each Sunday. You may access the weekly service on the Cornerstone Community Church Facebook page.

2. In order to maximize safety and continue to meet the nutritional needs of our neighbors who rely on our weekly breakfast, we will provide to go/take-home breakfast meals to be picked up by our neighbors in the banquet hall beginning at 10:00 am each Sunday. We will still need our regular staff of volunteers, who are healthy and symptom free to prepare and distribute these meals each Sunday.

Please check in with our Facebook page and website for live weekly services, updates and announcements.

These are indeed challenging times to be the church. But neither illness nor self-care can separate us from the love of God and the love of each other. We will get through this… together. Please take the time to pray for victims of illness. Pray for each other. And pray for our nation and the world.

“Be careful as you go into God’s creation… for it does not belong to you. Be gentle with yourself and with others for we are the dwelling place of the Most High. Be alert… and be silent… for God is a whisper. And the blessing of God Almighty; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be upon you this day and with you always. Amen.” Blessing by Father Michael Ralph, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Granville, OH

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