As you may have heard, the church was closed on March 18 and will remain so for the time being. This displaces our many tenants and user groups, but the decision was made for the health and welfare of all. Subsequently, the province declared a state of emergency and this step is now mandated as the law.
We must continue to connect to everyone in the congregation and the larger community. Every Sunday at 10:30 AM, our minister, Sue Breisch will be broadcasting live on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LakeviewRegina/). If you aren't able to tune in live, you can access the broadcast on Facebook or our website at any time. This is a work-in-progress, and we are looking at different ways to worship, and to the kinds of content that our congregation and visitors want to see. If you have any suggestions or ideas for how we can make this a more meaningful experience, please send us an email or leave a message on the church voicemail. While our long term goal is to broadcast our services, weddings, funerals, and other functions on a larger scale, current events have set this plan back a bit.
The church will be sending out regular updates to our newsletter subscribers. If you would like to be included, please send the church your name and email address.
Our building manager, Gord Nylen, is completing 14 days of self-isolation, after returning from a trip to the United States. In his absence, the church is being inspected daily by a volunteer, to ensure the heating system is operational, the doors are locked, and the premises is secure and safe. Once Gord has completed the isolation period, he will resume daily building checks and work on small projects around the building. If you need something from the building, please leave a message at 306.586.7844 or call Gord directly at 306.737.0236. For those that have access to the building by virtue of current operational requirements, the rules regarding "social distancing" will apply. These arrangments will continue until further notice.
While we are closed, our office administrator, Emilline, will manage the voicemail and email. Mail delivered to the church will be received and circulated as required. All functions that have been booked at the church over the next few months will have to be postponed. It is too soon for us to know when we will be able to open our doors again— we'll keep you updated as soon as we know more.
Financially, we do have some reserves and are not in any immediate jeopardy of not paying our bills or the wages of our employees, however, the gifts we receive each Sunday are important. In the absence of rental income from our tenants and user groups, congregational gifts are our only source of income. If you are able to donate, please consider the following options:
We appreciate your help.
We are living in an interesting time. What is decided today, may be overtaken by events of the next news cycle. We will continue to keep you as well informed as we are able, and we value your continued support in whatever form that takes.
If you would like to speak to me, please leave a message at 306.565.5125 and I will call you back as soon as I am able.
You are not alone in this.
Visionary Board Chair