Dear ECLC Community,

We are a church in prayer for our pastor, Stephanie. I know the depth of anxiety, fear, worry, confusion and hope that is in your hearts. We are grateful for one another at this time, and we are of one heart and mind in prayer for Stephanie’s recovery. Please visit her caring bridge site for updates on her condition. If you do not have access to the internet please call the church office to be added to our phone tree.

As our congregation prays and showers love on Pastor Stephanie, part of our love is to continue to gather, hear God’s promises for us all, and live them out in the world. Staff are working with ministry leaders to carry forward essential ministries and adapting programming where necessary. We know Stephanie’s recovery will likely be lengthy. We will adjust as needed and hope you will contribute your understanding, cooperation and flexibility as well.

Your own needs for support continue to be important, so please do let us know of your own concerns, illnesses, hospitalizations, and life circumstances so that we can support those in need.

The staff is grateful for your concern for our own self-care; your prayers are felt. The Executive Committee has met to begin making plans for Stephanie’s extended medical leave. Area clergy have offered support. The Bishop has been in close touch and is with us in a single-focused concern for Stephanie, Paul and their family. The clergy members of ECLC are also responding to requests for help during this time.

Stephanie’s ministry has a wide impact. Clergy and lay members from around the country and abroad have reached out to express their concern for her, and also for all of us as her church family. We are all being held in prayer along with Stephanie by thousands of people.

One of Pastor Stephanie’s favorite prayers is fitting.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work or watch or weep, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, give rest to the weary, soothe the suffering, comfort the afflicted, shield the joyous, all for your love’s sake. Amen.

Blessing to you each and to you all,

In Christ’s love, Pastor Jeff