5/11/2020 10:41:00 AM Why does God allow the coronavirus to happen?
Adhering to social distancing guidelines are, from left, Pastor Bryon Meline of Zion Lutheran Church, Father Kevin Connolly of St. Bernardís and St. Bridgetís Catholic churches, Pastor Lyle Fritsch of St. Johnís Lutheran Church and Pastor John Grams of Grace Evangelical Free Church.
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a two-part series, to conclude with comments from more pastors in the Tuesday, May 19 STAR. Concerned about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), church and government leaders have closed churches to all activities. On Sunday mornings, Stewartville's churches, normally occupied by worshippers raising their voices to God, now sit eerily silent. Priests and pastors, accustomed to weekly Masses and services, are adjusting to schedules that require them to keep in touch with their congregations most often electronically and from a distance. Pastor John Grams of Grace Evangelical Free Church, Father Kevin Connolly of St. Bernard's and St. Bridget's Catholic churches, Pastors Byron Meline and Kim Kyllo of Zion Lutheran Church, and Pastor Lyle Fritsch of St. John's Lutheran Church all discussed by e-mail how they've adjusted to the elimination of Sunday services or Masses, what they've done to remain close to their congregations, what advice they've given to their church members during this difficult time, and why God allows something like the coronavirus... For more on this story pick up your copy of the May 12 Stewartville STAR.