5/18/2020 10:33:00 AM More church leaders comment on the coronavirus
Adhering to social distancing guidelines are, in front, from left, Pastors Dave Hoot (with his dog, Bandi) and Becky Hoot of Stewartville Christian Church, and in back, from left, Pastor Bridget Sheely of Racine and Sumner Center Methodist churches, Pastor Chad Skaran of Redemption Hill Church, and Pastor Wane Souhrada of Stewartville United Methodist Church. Lance Lorenz, pastor of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, is not pictured.
Editor's note: This is the second installment of a two-part series. In an effort to check 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. Pastors Lance Lorenz of Pleasant Grove Church of Christ, Wane Souhrada of Stewartville United Methodist Church, Dave and Becky Hoot of Stewartville Christian Church, Chad Skaran of Redemption Hill Church and Bridget Sheely of Racine and Sumner Center United Methodist churches all discussed by e-mail how they've adjusted to the elimination of Sunday services, 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. Lorenz said that since Gov. Walz issued his initial stay-at-home order, Pleasant Grove Church of Christ has used live streaming from Facebook to continue its services online. The services include a prelude and postlude of contemplative music, a message from God's word, and a time of remembrance of Jesus's sacrifice on the cross by sharing a virtual communion service, he said... For more on this story pick up your copy of the May 19 Stewartville STAR.