The past few months have been a very challenging time for many of us. Having to self-quarantine, shopping at specific times, staying away from our family and friends, not to mention struggling to find toilet paper for over a month. My life hasn’t been any easier at the hospital, shifting staff to areas they hadn’t worked in over 20 years. Closing areas and opening new areas to take care of COVID patients. Talking to staff, listening, encouraging, and praying for people having anxiety attacks, having suffered the loss of loved ones. It has been a very challenging and taxing time. The sad part is, I wish that I could say that it is all over, but unfortunately, we still have some more time to watch and wait.
Some may ask, where is God in all of this? He is right by our side, walking with us through this storm. He is encouraging, strengthening, guiding, leading and comforting his people. He hasn’t left our side, he is walking with us every single day. I am reminded of a couple of verses from Lamentations chapter 3, “21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” (NIV, 2011). I am reminded that God’s compassions never fail, they are new every morning.
This is what keeps me going every single day, just knowing that each day is a new day, and that God is my portion.
What we know right now is that the Governor will be reopening the state of Connecticut on May 20th. Now, that doesn’t mean that the Coronavirus is gone, or that it still isn’t spreading.
What is does mean is that hopefully the worst is behind us, but we still have to be careful and remain vigilant in protecting ourselves and washing our hands consistently.
We at Nea Zoe Church will begin having services on Sunday, June 21st, 12pm. Our services will be held in our outside sanctuary. You are welcome to remain in your cars or bring lawn chairs and stay at least 6 feet away from others. We recommend that each of you wear masks, do not shake hands, we will not be serving communion, and if it rains our service will be cancelled. We will have an offering basket so that the church can give their offerings. We just ask that one person at a time will drop their money into the basket. We will have one singer and pianist playing music. We will not be utilizing our church building, as we would like to limit the amount of people going in and out, to decrease any spread of this virus upon surfaces. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments you can leave a message for us at 203-437-7123, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many have been asking, how I have been doing. I just would like to say, that I am doing well. I have been very busy at the hospital. I have been meticulous about washing my hands and wearing protective gear. It has felt like a very long 2 months, and I just want to say, that I miss you and love you all. I thank you for your prayers, as I have definitely felt them, even on the hardest of days. I am looking forward to seeing you all.
Only by God’s Grace,
Pastor Paul Fontanez