A Letter From The Council Of Elders – 3.17.20

Dear Celebration Family,

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Thank you for being flexible as we continue to adapt and rethink what it means to be church together.

The Council of Elders met last night to discuss the ways in which we will act and respond going forward. This conversation included guidance from our local synod office as well as the CDC and other health officials.

Here is what to expect:

  1. All in-person worship, meetings, and activities will be suspended through the end of March.
  2. We will utilize Facebook Live to stream worship at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.
  3. We will utilize Zoom (a video conference software) for a variety of purposes:
    • To meet for Wednesday’s Lenten Service.
    • To gather for Small Groups and Learning Curve.
      – Small Groups will occur at their scheduled dates and times.
      – Learning Curve will take place immediately following worship. It will be an intentional time to check-in with one another.
    • Pastor Ryan will host open digital “Office Hours” several times throughout the week.
  4. The Council of Elders will routinely check in on members of Celebration as a form of caring for others.
  5. We will experiment with a variety of opportunities to stay connected beyond the walls of the church building.


Our greatest hope is staying connected.

In a follow up letter, you will receive instructions on how to access Facebook Live and Zoom, as well as additional dates, times, and links for everything Zoom related.

(An important note: You do not need a Facebook account to stream the service).

We will continue to provide updates and opportunities to connect through email, Facebook, and the website. In the meantime, we leave you with this prayer:

O God, where hearts are fearful and constricted, grant courage and hope. Where anxiety is infectious and widening, grant peace and reassurance. Where impossibilities close every door and window, grant imagination and resistance. Where distrust twists our thinking, grant healing and illumination. Where spirits are daunted and weakened, grant soaring wings and strengthened dreams. All these things we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

God’s Peace and Blessing,

Pastor Ryan Dockery