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Building Use Curtailed Until May 4th

posted Mar 17, 2020, 1:26 PM by Lee Church   [ updated Apr 4, 2020, 8:08 AM ]

Update: Our Church Building is closed until May 4th. We are following the March 26 Emergency Order from the Governor's Office directing all New Hampshire residents to stay at home to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  

Beloved community, 

Last night, the Governing Board made the difficult but important decision to cancel Sunday services for March 22 and March 29.  We will revisit the situation as we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  No decisions regarding Palm Sunday or Easter have been made at this time.  We are still going to distribute Easter boxes in any event, so be on the lookout for ways you can safely assist with that.

 We will also be closing the church building to outside groups and to church groups until April 3.  We also closed the Lee Hill Early Learning Center on Monday for the same time period that the Oyster River Cooperative School District has closed (April 3).  Employees and members may continue to access the building but should not plan on having any group meetings or activities.

 We know that connecting with your fellow parishioners and with your God is important to you during this time of terrific uncertainty.  Pastor Larry is working with other church leaders in the area (Durham, Madbury, Newmarket & Nottingham) to collaborate on ways to bring worshipers together electronically and to provide alternatives to Sunday service.  If you have any recording or broadcasting resources, please do not hesitate to reach out to help us bring the church to othersIf any of you who play music or sing, have storytelling talent or other artistic gifts and want to help with this, please let Pastor Larry know as he would like to incorporate that into what is being created! 

 We are also looking to ways to care for those in our congregation who need special care and support at this time.  Traffic at the Wilkinson Food Pantry has increased dramatically already.  It is out of paper products and meat.  We continue to need your support in dollars and in-kind donations to provide the vital food resources to those affected by the shutdowns. 

 We also need to be looking for ways to keep those who are isolated and vulnerable in our hearts and to provide them with companionship at this time.  We are going to develop some way for people to reach out to others to provide a friendly note or phone call.  Georgia Kerns is leading this effort and you will hear more about this soon.

 While suspension of use of the building will help save money, we will still rely upon you to continue to support our mission.  This is particularly true now that LHELC is unable to provide that additional income that we have come to rely upon. 

 We will get through this difficult period, learn many things and especially remember and reflect on how we can rise and shine even in the darkness.  You all, your families and beloveds, our neighbors, friends and strangers, are in our prayers, and we are here in the midst of the storm.  God bless you.

Kim Memmesheimer, Chair of the Governing Board 

Larry Brickner-Wood, Interim Pastor