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Galatians 6:9-10: So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith.

Dear family of First Lutheran Church,

After watching the Mayor’s conference Wednesday morning, I am extremely concerned for our community and the well-being of ourselves and our neighbors. With the Delta variant on the rise, I find it extremely important to be listening to our leaders in the community and do what we need to help what seems to be turning into a crisis situation.

The hospitals are filled to overflowing and on the verge of system collapse. With these realities right now, we must do what we can to protect one another and make decisions that reflect care.

If you have not received the COVID-19 vaccination, I urge you to go and get it, the Pfizer vaccine has just been approved by the FDA and is proven to lessen the severity of getting sick with Covid. While even vaccinated people can spread this and develop breakthrough cases, I also ask that we take precautions, wear a mask, and make decisions grounded in common sense and love. I say these things out of a place of concern and care, and not a place of political movement, or distrust in the Lord, there are just so many things that we still do not know about Covid 19. Now, with the new Delta variant, we are called to do what is right for neighbors as it says in the Galatians text.

Church leadership is watching the data daily from the city, Baylor University, and the local schools. Early next week, we will evaluate how the community is doing and consider if we need to make any changes to our worship services or other gatherings. No decisions have been made, but if any alterations to our schedules should occur, announcements will be made. Please stay in touch with us; your input is welcome.

The day will come when this whole crazy season will be over, and we look forward to that day. And hopefully if people do the right thing and watch out for one another maybe we will arrive to the better days that much sooner. Just keep your faith, keep praying, use common sense, get vaccinated, and keep holding on, we will get through this together. And through all of this God is indeed with us. As tired as we are right now, let’s just keep moving forward, better days are ahead. Keeping you in my prayers and sending love and light to you all.

In Christ,

Austin Nickel

Below is the Mayor’s conference as well as local information on Waco’s Covid situation:

Mayor’s Press Conference

Waco Tribune-Herald article