Coronavirus

MARCH 25, 2020 UPDATE

Dear Members and Friends of Stowe Community Church,

Due to Governor Scott’s stay at home order for all Vermonters, lasting from March 25, 2020, at 5 pm until April 15, no staff other than myself will be entering the church building, effective immediately. I hope to keep live-streaming prayer and worship services on our home page as I am able. If these have to be discontinued for any reason, you can always follow us on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/StoweCommunityChurch/

Stay well!

Blessings,

Will Vaus

Pastor

Stowe Community Church

MARCH 17, 2020 PASTORAL LETTER

Dear Members and Friends of Stowe Community Church,

In light of recent developments with the Covid-19 virus and current government recommendations regarding the nationwide response to this virus, I want to communicate the following to you as your pastor…

First, I am praying for you. I care about you and am here for you.

Second, allow me to encourage you to continue in prayer at this time. To help with that, it is my plan to turn on the livestream on the home page of our church web site 24/7. I hope to offer a morning (9:30 am) and evening (4:30 pm) prayer service daily. You can access our livestream here: http://stowechurch.org.

If you have a matter that you would like me to pray for specifically, either confidentially, or during the morning and evening prayer times, you can let me know by email: will@stowechurch.org.

Third, I think it is important that we all stay in touch with each other as well as with God during this difficult time.My hope is that we will continue our weekly electronic newsletter, the Quest, which is so wonderfully put together by one of our Deacons, Greg Morrill.

I also hope to post things on social media. You can find our church’s Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/StoweCommunityChurch/ . This page is very ably administered by our own Mort Butler. If you want to connect with me virtually during this time, you can search, follow, and/or friend me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I post on Facebook most often.

I post written versions of my sermons on my blog every week. You can find that here: http://willvaus.blogspot.com . Audio of my sermons can be accessed on my personal web site here: https://willvaus.com/messages.

Fourth, let me say something about several aspects of our ongoing ministry…

Worship

Given the government guidelines to not have meetings of 10 or more people for the next two weeks, we will not have face-to-face worship in our sanctuary at least for the next two Sundays. We will re-evaluate at that time when and how we will resume face-to-face worship services. In the meantime, I plan to lead a virtual worship service, via our livestream, every Sunday at our normal worship times (9:30 am and 4:30 pm). You can tune into that by logging on to the home page of our web site at the appropriate time. Our wonderful staff (Karen Miller, Taryn Noelle and Chris Vigneau) have all agreed to assist me in leading our online Sunday services.

I am also in the process of archiving past worship services on YouTube. You can access that page here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu3I9BUFlKFj93u-mWwpdAQ or by searching for Stowe Community Church and subscribing on YouTube.

Offerings

 We will continue to need your donations to the church during this time to pay our staff and meet our other obligations. You can always donate online here: http://stowechurch.org/donate/ or you can mail in a check to:

Stowe Community Church

PO Box 991

Stowe, Vermont 05672

Meetings

In alignment with government recommendations at this time we are suspending all meetings in our church building, including board and committee meetings. The building will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Centennial Celebration

In light of the CDC recommendation to suspend all meetings of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks, we will be postponing our Centennial Celebration originally planned for May 15-17.

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

Our Thursday night group will suspend all face-to-face meetings at this time. However, if you would like to be part of a virtual book discussion group, please send your contact information to me via email.

Office Hours

Although our staff members continue to work, practicing “social distancing” while together at church, we’ve otherwise closed our office. If you need to contact a staff member, please do so by phone or email.

Cleaning

Professional cleaners will perform a facility-wide cleaning during this break so that we are ready to resume full activities when appropriate.

Pastoral Care

In order to not be an unwitting spreader of Covid-19 I am suspending all in-person pastoral visits. However, I am happy to talk to anyone in need of pastoral care by phone at any time. You can always reach me on my cell phone at: 802-999-7634. I look forward to chatting and praying with whoever calls. Also, if you become confined to your home for any reason, let me know if the church can be of help by shopping or providing some meals for you. Our Missions Team will be taking charge of this ministry.

Finally, allow me to close this email as I opened it, with prayer. Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:14-21 is my prayer for you at this time…

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Blessings and love in Christ,

Rev. Will Vaus