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RECENT SPIKES IN COVID-19
The recent spike in coronavirus positivity rates in Madison County and all of Iowa is not good news. The rolling 14-day average of positivity percentages in Madison County has risen dramatically during the last two weeks and the risk of spreading the virus is much higher now than in September/October. Polk County has seen a similar spike. 

LIVE STREAM WORSHIP 
Therefore, although we lament the reality of COVID-19, we are suspending in-person worship services effective immediately and through the end of November. However, we will continue to worship! We will continue to be the church! Worship leaders (and audio/visual volunteers) will be in the sanctuary on Sunday mornings to lead worship. The services will broadcast (i.e., live streamed) from the sanctuary via Facebook Live. We encourage you to worship with us! 
 
It's my understanding you do not need to subscribe to or "join" Facebook to be able to watch the live stream on the church's Facebook page. Click here for the link: 1UPCWinterset
 
By the way, the PW Thank Offering Service is this coming Sunday, November 15, and we encourage all members to watch the live stream of the service--either "LIVE" Sunday morning at 10:15am or later on at your convenience.  
 
LET'S CONTINUE TO PRAY
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 data and will reevaluate around November 30 before making a decision regarding Sunday, December 6. And, of course, we will continue to pray! Let's all join in prayer for those suffering from illnesses related to the virus, for those grieving the loss of loved ones, for nurses and doctors and other medical professionals working to help and heal, for those working to create a safe and effective vaccine, for our entire congregation, and for the PW worship leaders with deep gratitude for their efforts. 
 
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
As frustrating as this is, remember that we are not alone. Many other Winterset churches have made the same decision, including  First Christian Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and First United Methodist Church, and other churches in our presbytery that have only recently resumed in-person services have done the same. We are also "Not Alone" in a much deeper sense! God is with us in this. The hymn "For All the Saints" says, "We feebly struggle," and, yes, it sure feels like that in the midst of all this. But as we struggle, God is with us. Our help is in the name of the Lord. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in troubling times. 
 
As always, stay connected and feel free to call or text Pastor Randy if you have questions or concerns. 
 
Peace of Christ be with you all,
Pastor Randy