COVID -19 UPDATE
March 18, 2020
To say the least, the current condition our world is in is unprecedented in our lifetime. We know that the increased illnesses and health concerns breaks our Father’s heart. We are reminded that the Lord is close to those who mourn and are brokenhearted and is aware of our sufferings (Psalm 38:18, 56:8).
However, as we discussed on Sunday (in our online church format), we do not face these concerns without hope. Our hope is firmly planted in the trustworthiness of God to be our shepherd --- this is grace.
Out of a desire to love our neighbors well and care for those who are at risk for infection, we have decided to suspend all our in-person gatherings for the time. We are prayerfully watching how this continues and our desire is to be able to meet in person again soon --- we are confident we will :).
While we are suspending our in-person gatherings, we are encouraging each of us to stay connected. I heard Dr. Amy Acton speak about the importance of “social distancing” in order to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Later, she clarified and introduced a better terminology – not “social distancing” as much as “physical distancing”. The point is clear (and true) --- we need connection even when we may not be able to be physically present.
We met as a staff and agree that we want to foster more areas of connection even in times when we may need to experience physical distance.
Here’s some ways we hope to stay connected during this unprecedented time:
Be sure to call/text/Facetime people
Small groups may want to try “Google Hangouts” as a free video chat with whole groups
Engage online during our virtual services. We will be hosting online services for the next few weeks, engage/watch/listen and talk with others about what you are learning.
We will be broadcasting a Facebook Live conversation on Thursdays at 3pm to talk about faith, apprenticeship, ways we can love our neighbors well, etc.
Consider giving online. Though our in-person gatherings are suspended for a time, we encourage you to continue to practice generosity and the worshipful practice of giving. You can give online safely and securely. If you would rather, you can also mail in your offering to the church office.
Children/Youth. Pastor Jake has some ways for our young people to stay engaged as well. Above all, use this extra time as a family to play, pray, read, laugh and be together. While it certainly is not a vacation anyone would want, take these moments to create fun memories.
Get fresh air. It is amazing what just a little fresh air/walk outside/play a game of corn hole will do for your emotional health.
March 14, 2020
After much conversation and prayer we have decided to move our services for tomorrow (3/15) to an online format at 10:30am. While our government hasn’t mandated this, they have asked us to minimize potential exposure and gatherings to be less than 100. We do not make this decision based on fear (in fact the message is about growing the the grace of trust). Rather this is a way for us to love our neighbors well. You can still give your tithe online. Please join us at 10:30 on Facebook. We will also have it embedded on the homepage of this site.
Game Night: March 22nd's Game Night has been postponed. New date is yet to be determined.
Messiah in the Passover: Event is still on. Due to public health concerns, we will not be eating food and the foot washing ceremony has been removed completely. The event will continue as a visual presentation and people are still encouraged to come and observe the message.
Palm Sunday's Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic: Both the Egg Hunt and Picnic have been canceled. The Children's Choir will still be singing this morning.