To a certain extent I want to be as helpful as I can to the members of the congregation of West Avenue Church of Christ. Originally this was going to be a circular letter that was going to be mailed. Since electronic means have become available the letter will be dispensed with and this post is essentially directed to them.

Members of the congregation wishing to vote in the primary election that was moved from March 17th to April 28th need to take specific steps. Except in extreme circumstances this is a vote-by-mail only election. Members who have not already cast a ballot and who are eligible to vote should go to the board of elections voter registration lookup, search their name, then click “Print Absentee Request”. The website will fill in most of the blanks for you and you need to only fill in a few yourself on the resulting form. When done follow the directions to print your completed request then sign and mail it to the board of elections. Their facility is closed to the public until April 6th so nobody can drop off a request for you nor can they pick up a ballot for you. There is an extremely narrow set of exceptions for voting in-person on April 28th but most members of the congregation do not meet any of those exceptions. If you are unable to print a form please let me know and I will help you take care of the matter.

Federal, state, and municipal income taxes are not due until July 15th now.

All the public libraries are closed with no estimated recovery dates. They do have services available for checking out ebooks as well as movies/TV shows. Ashtabula County District Library has its digital library offering, Harbor-Topky Memorial Library lists their offerings, Kingsville Public Library announced a very aggressive set of online offerings including a YouTube channel with storytime, and Madison Public Library has a wide range of electronic services too. Don’t feel as if you need to spend lots of money on ordering from Amazon or Barnes & Noble as you’ve already paid for quite a lot of electronic stuff at your libraries through your property taxes already.

The Christian Chronicle has a list posted of live streams of services for across the country. They likewise have a list of podcasts by fellow church members in addition to blogs by fellow church members and YouTube channels maintained by fellow church members. There is a wide world of resources out there.

There is going to be life on the other side of this crisis. We just have to remember that this is a marathon rather than a sprint.