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"Everybody's best interest:" Local churches make changes, cancel in-person services due to COVID-19

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GREENFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Churches across southeastern Wisconsin are making changes because of the coronavirus.

The Ridge Community Church in Greenfield and Oak Creek is canceling in-person services from March 12-15. Instead, The Ridge will hold all of its church services digitally.

The lead pastor, Mark Weigt, said with more than 250 people attending services, the decision to go full digital was necessary.

“We just felt the wise thing was to keep everybody’s best interest in mind," he said. "And we felt like the answer to that or the way for us to do that, would be to cancel services and because we already have a digital platform, that we said hey, we can still gather, but here’s how we’re going to gather, we’re going to do it digitally.”

Elmbrook Church in Brookfield is canceling its Saturday and Sunday services as well.

Fox River Christian Church in Waukesha said it will also cancel in-person services and hold church service online.

Eastbrook Church in Milwaukee said it will post its worship service online Sunday morning.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is also making changes. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki has removed the obligation for Catholics to attend Sunday Mass for the next two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.

According to the post, the dispensation will cover Sunday March 15, 22 and 29. The Archdiocese said parishioners can instead listen or watch Sunday Mass on the radio or TV.

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