Welcome To Shepherd In The Pines – Coronavirus Message

Shepherd in the Pines Lutheran Church (SITP)




We are living in very difficult times and everyone is afraid of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and what is going to happen to all of us, especially the elderly and those in our families at high risk with a chronic illness.

St. Paul writes, “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1:3) Yes, as we face the unknown future of the coronavirus, we need to hear from God’s grace and peace through our Lord Jesus Christ, giving us the assurance that He is still with us, “I am with you always, even to the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20b)

Yes, God will be with us always, as we pray and support each other during this time of trouble; and, as we trust in God to heal us and keep us safe and healthy from this unprecedented pandemic among us. The Psalmist says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)

Therefore, after prayerful consideration, our church has made the decision to cancel the worship service on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.; as well as, the fellowship at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday School at 11:00 a.m. until further notice.

As God’s people, it pains us to have to take this step not to gather for worship to sing, pray, hear God’s Word and partake of the true body and true blood of Jesus at the Lord’s Supper and fellowship with each other as brothers in sisters in Christ Jesus.

And yet, we are doing it temporarily, in order to protect and keep everyone safe and healthy, until this pandemic is over with God’s help and guidance. We also hope that you will join us in praying fervently to the God of grace and peace to help us overcome our anxiety and fears and place all our faith and trust in Him. St. Paul reminds us, saying, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:5)

Yours, in Christ’s service,

Rev. Elroi Reimnitz, Th.D., D.D.

Genesis 16:13