The leadership of Riverside has made the decision for us to discontinue gathering in the sanctuary for worship. Effective immediately all church activities are postponed until further notice.
Beginning this coming Sunday, March 22, we plan to offer a video of our Sunday morning service as well as having the bulletin posted on our website for you to follow along at home. This is new for all of us, so I ask for your patience as we work out the nuances of virtual worship.
Let me state the obvious, but I think it bears repeating, God is still God. God is still loving, merciful, faithful, omnipotent, and everlasting. Though our community, country, world is going through a circumstance that is new for all of us, God is still God.
I want to remind you that we are the church. God’s people make up the church and we do not cease being the church even if we are not physically able to meet in our sanctuary. During this time, we can continue to live out our calling by loving our neighbors as Jesus taught in Matthew 22:39. Part of loving our neighbors is seeking their health and wholeness. The CDC indicates that social distancing is important to slow the spread of the virus. The CDC also indicates that certain populations are especially vulnerable to the virus, namely, persons over the age of 60 and persons with respiratory and chronic health conditions. With all this in mind, we at Riverside seek to love our neighbors by taking reasonable steps to limit the spread of this pandemic.
Please keep checking the church’s website for continued updates. Please be in prayer for one another, and please remember God is still God. Psalm 94:19 “When the worries of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.”