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Pandemic Update

Updated: Mar 21



As our city, county, and state have been implementing preventive measures to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus disease in our region, Erin and I have been monitoring the situation and discerning how to maximize the spiritual and physical well-being of our community.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and as it evolves we'll post new information. We don't need to panic but we do need to be wise. For now here's where we stand with Commonwealth events this month.


  • OUTrageous Bingo is canceled. We had been scheduled to volunteer on March 28 but the organizers canceled in order to prioritize everyone's health. We'll try again in the fall.

  • The Death & Dying discussion group will meet online at the usual time on Sundays from 4-6pm. This will enable us to practice social distancing while also including university students who are not returning to the city after spring break!

  • We will distribute to-go dinners at the door on Wednesday, March 25 from 5:30-6:30pm for anyone who wants to eat or take something to a neighbor. Our regular community dinner is canceled, though.

  • The Worship Gathering will meet online on Wednesday, March 25 from 7-8pm. We will meet via Zoom. To get the link: join the event on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, or sign up for our email newsletter and/or texting service.

  • We've rolling out a texting service for sending timely reminders and emergency updates about Commonwealth events. To sign up: visit the Mailing List page on this site.

Lent is already a time for contemplating the fragility and brevity of this life, and this disease is underscoring that theme in very literal ways. It is a sobering time. But it also clarifies for us what is most important. As he neared his death, Jesus passed on this wisdom in the form of a command: "Love one another as I have loved you."


So let's be rad to each other. Here are some suggestions are being rad in the time of pandemic: Covid-19 Checklist for Followers of Jesus.


Erin and I are available. Please reach out if you have questions, concerns, needs.


In the peace of Christ,

Mike

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The Commonwealth of Oakland
100 N. Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-701-1628