As you are well aware, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church has been in the news lately, first for stepping to feed the needy when other churches closed down during the pandemic. Now they are again making news because they have once again stepped up to provide COVID testing and vaccinations when the city of Brookings (in the absence of a Public Health Department) has done nothing for its citizens,

It seems the bone of contention is that the neighbors are upset by the additional traffic caused by these services. An understandable problem. However, many of the other churches in town have very large parking lots and large community halls. If they were to step up and offer assistance to St. Timothy’s - just think what a difference that would make! In other words - a problem shared is a problem halved.

I suggest that all pastors and their flock find and read Martin Luther's "Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague" written in 1527. It is only eight pages long but very pertinent to the problem we are facing. I suggest the city council of Brookings read it, too.

Lastly, thank you to Father Bernie and his team for all they do for the people of Brookings and even further afield.

Veronica Spalding



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