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    Religious Support Office shifts tactics to support Fort McCoy community during pandemic

    Easter Sunday video from Fort McCoy RSO

    Courtesy Photo | Chaplain (Maj.) Robert Rand, garrison chaplain, livestreams an Easter-themed message...... read more read more



    Story by Aimee Malone 

    Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office           

    The Fort McCoy Religious Support Office shifted its usual tactics and continues to help Fort McCoy community members access spiritual services even while they are staying home and social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “In order to mitigate and reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Religious Support Office has canceled all Protestant and Roman Catholic congregational services to comply with social distancing,” said Chaplain (Maj.) Robert Rand.

    The RSO is providing virtual worship services on Facebook for the time being. A Protestant message is livestreamed at 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Inspirational devotionals are posted at 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

    RSO staff can also provide assistance finding different faith groups or service styles. Staff members have compiled and shared a variety of religious and spiritual services that can be accessed online. A list of services is available on their Facebook page at

    “During this time, virtual gatherings have been created across the country and around the world,” Rand said. “Opportunities to find your faith group or style of worship are available instantly.”

    While RSO staff members are teleworking to help practice social distancing and keep themselves healthy, they can still provide assistance. Counseling is available over the phone, and the RSO can recommend resources for other counseling needs.

    Rand said that faith can be a valuable asset in getting through tough times. Even if some traditional methods of worship have changed, religious and spiritual leaders are still helping

    “This virus has changed how we live for the moment,” he said. “Unfortunately, many in our state and around the world have lost their lives to this invisible enemy. Let us bring the family members to God in our prayers as we pray for God to restrain this virus and rid our lives of this invisible enemy.”

    Rand said he was reminded of Psalm 121: 1-2 in the Bible: “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”

    “Whatever your faith is, now is the time to draw near to your faith and believe,” he said. “Love your family and display your faith.”

    The RSO can be contacted by post or direct message at Rand said he can also be reached at 608-630-6075.



    Date Taken: 04.13.2020
    Date Posted: 04.13.2020 13:37
    Story ID: 367259
    Location: FORT MCCOY, WI, US 

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