Grace and peace be with you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It has been over a year now, that most of our worship, meetings and activities have been premised with the word “virtual.”  
We have had worship, Sunday School and Confirmation on Sunday mornings, gathered in our own homes, via Zoom.  We have shared Advent devotions, Bible Study and P, B & J (Prayers, Bible & Jesus) time for our children via Zoom.  We have offered Vacation Bible School and Messy Church for families via Zoom.  In the midst of these trying times, we welcomed two new members, conducted a baptism, and grieved the passing of members.  It has been a challenging year requiring flexibility, adaptation, creativity and faith to sustain our sense of Christian community.   
Isaiah 43:19, God says: “Behold I am about to do a new thing!”  and God has guided our community of faith through these times with “new” ways of being the church.  Through virtual worship, we have been able to stay connected with members who have moved away.  This Lenten season, without the traditional community services and dinners, St. Peter’s is having its own mid-week services in person and via Zoom.  While small in number, we have doubled our participation at these services from previous years.  When we could not celebrate in person, we shared “drive-by” celebrations with members – a new, and fun way to stay connected!   
We have continued to be cautious, refraining from singing, distancing, and wearing masks, but the Spirit is present.  Recently we have returned to in person worship on Sunday at 10:30 AM and we will move forward in the coming weeks with equipment that allows the streaming of services as well.  Behold God IS doing a new thing!   
In the peace of Christ,  
The Pastor and Council of St. Peter’s Lischey’s