Personally, I deeply cherish seeing, speaking with, hugging, and worshipping with you face-to-face. There is no substitute for physical assembly, so this decision is made out of necessity and will be only for as long as necessary. Your elders are meeting every week and will continue to pray for you and our church in these unusual times. As soon as we have more direction for our services, I will communicate it with you.
I am grateful that our ability and freedom to worship together (albeit virtually) is unhindered and we can still proclaim the Gospel unreservedly to one another and to the world. Please continue to visit our website, youtube channel, and Facebook page for communication and updates. If you are not subscribed to our texting service, please e-mail the church office and ask to be added to the list.
We love you and are continually praying for you! While these times feel unstable and can bring on anxiety and fear, I'll quote what I said in my very first communication with you back in March when this brave new world was just beginning. Who knew these words would be equally applicable as we turn our calendars to July??
"Historically, it has been in times of chaos and distress that the church has thrived in fulfilling its mission of impacting people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like those who have come before us, we now find ourselves faced with the God-given gift of chaotic times, and the question for us is: how do we respond?
We have to consider two important factors: our present conditions and our mentality. By now, you are, no doubt, familiar with our present conditions: restaurants are shutting down, the stock market is experiencing record lows, and health officials are recommending “social distancing” and not gathering in groups of more than ten people. Furthermore, older people and people with compromised immune systems and certain pre-existing conditions are at a greater risk of contracting the virus. These are all very important factors to consider.
But, it’s also important to consider our mentality. We can either adopt a fortress mentality – walling ourselves off from the world and being riddled with fear – or we can adopt a mission mentality – continually seeking to be used by the Holy Spirit to impact people with His message, even (and perhaps, especially) in adverse circumstances. The big question for us is: how can we have a mission mentality while still exercising good common sense and an abundance of caution in these present circumstances?"
I will continue to encourage us to live in our present condition with a mission mentality. Be of good cheer, church! Jesus is still in control, His mission is still our priority, and His joy is still our strength.
with you for His glory,