“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3:16)
Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate – The Church of Alexandria

St. Mary & St. Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church
Reaching out to Somerset and Hunterdon Counties in NJ

Email to Servants List – March 16, 2020

Peace & Grace,

Please read this email carefully and use discretion when speaking with other people so as to not misrepresent or cause confusion.

A lot has been happening the last 12 hours. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has now mandated that there be no public gathering of more than 50 people but has now dropped it to no more than 25 people.

They are requiring all public places to keep record and be accountable for everything that goes on in their buildings. Based on those guidelines, the following for now will apply immediately:
– The building is now closed to everyone. No one is to enter. Further instruction will follow.
– As such, everything is now cancelled, including liturgies.

As for each ministry, continue to function via technology while continuing to perfect effectiveness. This crisis will be a beneficial milestone for the Church.

I will communicate with sub-groups with further details. Also, please communicate with me directly if you need specifics.

Don’t forget the Stop Drop & Pray 10:30-35, which is now mandated to be nightly.

Blessings and peace be with you all.