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Dear members of St. James,
This past Sunday, we held regular worship at church. We know that worshiping with our family of faith and benefiting
from Word and Sacrament is a high priority, and we wanted everyone who felt safe coming to church to receive that
benefit. We took extra health precautions, not wanting anyone to be deprived of the blessings that come from regular
worship.
With the mandate from Governor Tony Evers to limit gatherings below 50 people and the new recommendations from
the White House to limit gatherings to 10 people or fewer, we have been forced to reconsider that approach. We
certainly value the spiritual health of our members, but at this time we must prioritize the physical well-being of our
people. We know that a very high percentage of our members fit into the high-risk category and are susceptible to
severe illness and even death from this virus.
We recognize that some people consider the restrictions and recommendations by the government to be an
overreaction, but we feel it is wise at this time to follow the advice of trained medical professionals and to err, if we are
erring, on the side of caution. We also want to do our part as good citizens and members of our communities to
promote public health and general wellbeing. Even if individual members are not in danger, we would not want to
potentially bring a harmful and contagious virus to someone who would be.
Last night the council agreed to suspend all worship services at St. James until further notice. Please contact your
small group leaders for any questions regarding continued activities at St. James.
In the meantime, we will continue to record and upload new weekly video sermons on our YouTube page and our
website. We will also make materials available so that individuals and families can have in-home worship on Sunday
morning, continuing to prioritize time spent with Jesus, benefiting from the Word.
Consider making use of the following resources for your worship life:
ï‚· Time of Grace (Broadcast at 10:30 A.M. on Sundays on CBS 58)
ï‚· WELS Daily Devotions (https://wels.net/serving-you/devotions/daily-devotions/)
ï‚· St. James Sermons and Choir Performances
(https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpinFeqPRLPFF2hmx_qUVCg/playlists)
ï‚· Official Statement by WELS President Mark Schroeder (https://wels.net/facing-covid-19-together-a-messagefrom-
our-synod-president/)
Please also continue to make use of good stewardship principles and consider how you can continue to support the
ongoing ministry of St. James. Setting up automatic payments with your bank, mailing in checks, bringing offerings to the
office during open hours—all of these are ways that you can continue to support your church. Our financial obligations
still continue during this health crisis.
We recognize that none of this is ideal, and we have not made this decision lightly. I will still be available to visit the sick
and to provide spiritual guidance, should any needs arise. My email address is christianmarquardt@saintjames-mke.org.
Please also feel free to call or text me at 262-672-7190.
God’s blessings be with you all. We will share further updates as our situation progresses. We look forward to gathering
together for worship as our family of faith.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be
glory for ever and ever. Amen.” – Philippians 4:19-20
Pastor Marquardt