Good day all:
I am writing regarding our scheduled 2020 Women’s Day Project Offering Luncheons, the first of which was to be held on Saturday, March 21st in Dallas, TX. In light of the progression of the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the threat it poses to our country’s public health, it seems most likely that we will NOT gather for any of these luncheons. Below are excerpts from a communication from Archbishop Foley Beach on behalf of the Council of Bishops.
“I write to you after meeting with our bishops this afternoon. We considered the advice given by the President of the United States’ Coronavirus Team, the Centers for Disease Control, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and by governmental authorities in Canada, Mexico, and the United States strongly advising that no public gatherings of 10 or more people be held. It is our desire to partner with our civic officials as they seek to exercise their duty to protect our communities. Therefore, the College of Bishops is asking our congregations not to hold in-person worship services or gatherings until further notice, but to offer, when possible, worship services on a virtual platform. We realize these are extreme measures that we had hoped to avoid, but for the health and welfare of everyone in our churches and communities, this is something we all must put into practice immediately.
Each diocesan bishop will communicate to his diocese regarding the specifics of how this will be applied in each local diocesan context.”
In the meantime, we continue to solicit financial support for our 2020 Project. We are prayerful that our goal of $10,000 to purchase electric bikes to assist pastors in Cuba with transportation to their preaching stations will be achieved. Please give generously.
Contributions may be mailed to Mrs. Diane Wright, 65 Harrison Drive, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922.
Yours in Him,
Gale G. Hill, Chairperson
Committee on Women’s Ministry