Beloved in Christ,
In just a few short weeks, the coronavirus outbreak has brought about a staggering amount of suffering and dislocation in our city and around the world. Yet amid our collective fear and uncertainty, Psalm 91 rings out with the assurance of God’s protection and deliverance:
You shall not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.…If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” (Psalm 91: 5-6, 9-12
We believe that together we are called to serve with the angels God has commanded to lift up those who have been brought low during this pandemic. Already we have had parishioners come to us seeking financial assistance, and we expect others to follow as job losses mount and bills roll in.
On Sunday, I announced the creation of the All Angels’ Church Psalm 91 Fund for emergency financial assistance to parishioners affected by coronavirus. We are grateful to the donors who have generously contributed over $100,000 to jumpstart this effort, and today we are asking you to prayerfully consider making a donation of your own.
We bring this request before you with humility. The economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak has been unsparing, and we recognize that you may have been affected as well. However, we ask that you consider this gift in addition to your pledged or regular contributions to All Angels’. The entirety of your gift will go directly to help a fellow parishioner facing an immediate financial crisis.
Thank you for considering this request during these unprecedented times. To contribute to the Psalm 91 Fund, you can give directly via Zelle to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by sending a check to the church office. There is also an option to give to Psalm 91 on our giving page. If you have any questions, please email Ann Kosmerl, Director of Administration, at email@example.com.
You are loved, church. To those who have need, know we are here for you. Always. To those who will give, know you have my deepest and most sincere thanks. We can’t do this without you.
We will get through this, together.