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  • The Rev. Rosa Lindahl

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

I am so sorry to have to advise you that I am going on a 14 day quarantine. Saturday evening I began to get a scratchy throat, not bad enough to pay much attention to. Yesterday I felt fine until the late afternoon when I got really bad nasal congestion. Every indication is that I have a bad head cold. My doctor’s office and a walk-in clinic in Prattville discouraged me from coming in because I have no fever nor the chest tightness/cough that are symptoms of the COVID-19. Instead, I am to stay at home, rest, drink lots of fluids and get more medical assistance if any of the COVID-19 symptoms appear. In just a bit, I have a call with the Holy Comforter staff. We will continue to develop and implement plans to stay in touch with the parish, m

ake some tentative plans for worship via live streaming on Sunday and make sure we have a “pastoral response team’ up and running in the next day or so.   We will update you frequently because so much is changing so quickly.  Please call the office if you are in need of assistance or get sick. We will respond promptly! Finally, know you will continue to be in my prayers as I ask you to pray for me. Trust God. Keep calm and carry on.  Much love, Rosa+

  • The Rev. Rosa Lindahl

Updated: Jan 13, 2021

Today, Tuxie and I got to church right before our normal service time to

greet anyone who might have been expecting a service. The streets were quiet and nobody came. That gave me time to go into the Chapel of the Resurrection where I knelt and prayed for each parishioner by name. There was something reassuring about saying each of your names out loud, it was a way to cross 'social distancing.'

I also made a video that I hoped to have up by lunch time. The internet is not cooperating so the video is still uploading. When it is ready, I will go ahead and put it up, but as the evening settles around us, I want you to know I have missed you today and cherish the time we get to spend together. May God watch over all God's children, especially those who are ill, those who are caring for them, and those who are lonely and afraid.

Peace and love to all of you! Rosa+

  • The Rev. Rosa Lindahl

Bishop Kee Sloan has asked that all the communities of worship in our diocese cancel church services for the next 3 weeks. We are canceling all other church activities as well, including the Food Pantry, Communities of Transformation, Fitzgerald Backpack Program, EFM, Chair Yoga and any other activities that normally take place at Holy Comforter.

Your clergy and staff will keep our regular work schedule during the week. We are moving forward to start using the phone tree I mentioned in our previous newsletter. You can expect us to test it on Monday. I will also work with the staff to see how we can provide spiritual support to the congregation on these next Sundays. Options I am considering are: live streaming on Facebook, posting a homily manuscript weekly, and starting an Instagram account.

Your leadership team has one particular request that they asked me to convey to the whole parish: If you get sick, please call the office. If you call after hours and weekends, please leave a message on my office voice mail. I will check it often and get back to you as quickly as I can. We have already begun to put together a response team that will be able to help our parishioners who may no longer be able to go out shopping or have essential needs met. Keeping as safe as possible, we will do what we can to help you.

The New Zealand Book of Common Prayer has a collect I have shared with many of you when you faced times of significant distress, and which Randy Woodland forwarded to me this morning. It has helped me through terribly difficult times; I share it with you because we need to put our trust, hope, and faith in God:

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all who wait or work in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. Amen

God is with us, and though I will miss seeing you, laughing, worshiping and serving with you in these next few weeks, I am grateful for our Bishop’s prudence and care in making this decision. Stay safe and remember to wash your hands a lot!With blessings of joy, hope, and peace,


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