From: Ed Devine. Sr. Warden
Rev. E.F. Michael Morgan, Priest-in-charge
Subject:HOT OFF THE PRESS Suspension of Church service for the for the foreseeable future.
We receive the following announcement from The Rt Rev W Michie Klusmeyer,
Bishop of West Virginia, to cancel service for the for the next several weeks.
“In nearly 40 years in the ordained ministry, and nearly 20 years as Bishop of West Virginia, I have NEVER canceled a Church Service! (there was perhaps 1 or 2 that I could not get to due to weather).
But we appear to be in a new environment.
The COVID-19 appears to have many baffled. Responses are coming, but the one common aspect is that social gatherings should be limited. Around us, many Dioceses have already canceled all public worship services: DC, Virginia, Lexington and more.
So, I am writing to say that all public services are to be ceased for the foreseeable future…. I hope that this will be 2 weeks. But, we will revisit this daily.
I ask that you use the Holy Season of Lent to spend time in personal reflection. As the Book of Common Prayer says, in Lent we are invited to
The observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word. And, to make a right beginning of repentance and as a mark of our mortal nature, let us now kneel before the Lord, our maker and redeemer.”
I pray that while the Eucharist will not be available at our parishes and missions, that other means of corporate/virtual/electronic means of gathering will take place.
This is being done out of an abundance of caution, and for the health of our parishioners.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.
God bless you!
The Rt Rev W Michie Klusmeyer
Bishop of West Virginia”