COVID-19 Response

Update 3-14-2020

As we gather for worship tomorrow:

  • We will greet each other with a wide smile, but refrain from handshaking or other physical contact
  • We will not be having nursery or Tot Church
  • We will give our offerings at the door as we exit the worship service
  • We will not have coffee time after the service
  • We will pray fervently for the many facets of this crisis
  • We will trust in a God who is always faithful!

As always, the livestream is available to all who are feeling sick, who are caring for or will have contact with the elderly, or for those who are at higher risk of serious complications if they contract this virus.

3-13-2020

As we worshipped together last Sunday, we cautiously greeted each other knowing a new virus was starting to infect Americans after causing sickness and death in various other parts of the world. How could we have known what five days would bring?

In light of the growing prevalence of this virus in the United States, how do we respond as a community of believers?

We pray.

We trust.

We act.

We pray fervently that God arrests this spreading virus. We pray for those infected. We pray for health workers on the front lines of this pandemic. We pray for leaders who must make hard choices on how to respond. We pray for calm.

We trust God our Father who is always in control, even when our life feels tenuous and uncertain.

Psalm 56:3-4 says it so well:
3When I am afraid, I will trust in you.
4In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid.

We hold fast to God’s promise, that he is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).  We rest, knowing that if God watches and cares for the sparrows, how much more will he care for us (Matthew 6:25-27).

We act in calm prudence in face of this challenge. In particular, this means we will approach some things differently Sunday. For the time being, greeters will welcome you at the door with a wide smile but will refrain from shaking your hand. As a general practice, we will refrain from handshaking during or after the service.

We also remind you that if you feel sick or are of the age where there is a heightened concern about the virus, please stay at home and participate via our livestream. Simply head to manhattancrc.org and click on the “livestream” link. If your internet connection is slow, click on the gear in the bottom right corner and turn the stream’s resolution down.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the office at 406.282.7442 or via email.

Walking with you by faith,


Pastor Tim

Posted by Julie Witte

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