Coronavirus Update: Prince Of Peace Campus Temporarily Closed

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Dear Friends in Christ,

Unless you’ve been blissfully ignoring the news, you’re aware of what the World Health Organization has now declared as a global pandemic of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For a couple of weeks now our staff has been thinking and praying about how we would respond if the virus manifested itself in Minnesota. That time has come.

I wanted to let you know that we are closing our campus starting this Saturday, March 14. All programming, including weekend worship, will be suspended. I want to say from the start that we did not make this decision out of fear; we made it out of love for our neighbor. It is our hope that choosing to practice social distancing for a time will limit the spread of infection, which in turn will protect the most vulnerable among us and prevent taxing what is sure to be a stressed health care system.

Our leadership team will re-evaluate the situation and make changes as needed no later than Wednesday, March 25.

Here are some important things for you to know:

  • Our staff will continue to work remotely, and that includes pastoral care. During this time, you can email staff directly and can find their email addresses on our website. If you have a need and don’t know who to contact, please call the church office at 952-435-8102 and your call will be directed to the appropriate staff person.
  • We’ll be producing a modified worship experience that will be available via video. You’ll be able to find it on our website and our social media platforms. That will be an important way for us to stay connected to God and one another.
  • Our Mission Outpost will continue providing food during this time, but in a way that minimizes the chances of infection, handing boxes of food to individuals and families in a drive-thru fashion.
  • The CDLC preschool will be closed during this time to protect both the children and our teachers.
  • We are postponing the launch of the Get It dONE capital campaign. There are simply too many distractions currently to allow us to focus on that important part of our life together. When the dust settles, we’ll get back on track with that remarkable adventure.
  • Your continued generosity toward our operating budget will be more important than ever during this time. That’s especially true as we seek to take care of our amazing staff. If you’re not using electronic giving, you can still mail your offering to the church at 13801 Fairview Dr. Burnsville, MN 55337. And if you’re not a sustaining member of this ministry that we share, I can’t think of a more important time to step in. A commitment of $5 or $10 a week can make a huge difference if we all join together. Visit our website at popmn.org/give to get started on that journey.

This is not a time to panic. It’s a time to pray. Truth is, the Church has always thrived in times of crisis and uncertainty because these times remind us of our dependence upon the One who, in baptism, has named us and claimed us and promised to never let us go.

You might remember the story of Peter walking on the water with Jesus in Matthew 14. The moment he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the wind and the waves, he began to sink. What a great reminder of how important it is for us to focus, not on a virus but on our victorious Lord. What would it be like if we spent as much time in God’s Word as we did watching news in these weeks? That’s a challenge worth leaning into!

This is such a great time for us to be the Body of Christ to our neighbor. Please check on those who are most vulnerable. Carry the peace of Christ into the lives of those who are afraid. And please share widely the information in this letter, especially with those whom you suspect are not regular users of electronic media.

Know that I and our staff are praying for you, and I’d ask that you pray for us as well. And together, we’ll ride out this storm.

Let me leave you with these words from my favorite benediction:

And now as you go about your day, know that our Lord Jesus goes with you.
He goes before you lead you
Behind you to encourage you
Beside you to befriend you
Above you to watch over and protect you
Beneath you to sustain you
And he dwells with you to bring you his love, his joy, his peace and his power. Amen.

Blessings,
Jeff Marian
Lead Pastor

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  • Kelly

    I will pray for everyone pop celebration choir family stay home be safe and prince of peace Lutheran Church staff stay home I want everyone be safe and healthy

  • Mark Stenseth

    What a wonderful way to say what the church is doing. This is a sign of real leadership. God’s blessings to all. To quote part of an Irish proverb I like- may the wind be at your back, to comfort you and make things a little easier.

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