Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 1 pm
I want to share my heart with you. After much prayer and talking with our staff and various health professionals, it is out of an abundance of caution that we cancel all on-campus activities through March 21 including gathering for worship and bible study tomorrow morning.
This does not mean we are canceling worship. For tomorrow, I am asking that you worship in your homes. I will be preaching a message I believe God has given for this time. We will continue with our normal Live stream at 9:45, 11:00 or anytime at your choosing after that. David will be sending additional details for how to best view on Facebook live or YouTube. We may not all be in the same room but will be having church all across our communities in our homes lifting praise and prayers.
We've always said that the church is not the building and that people matter to God so they should matter to us. Each one of you matters to me. I would much rather we worship together in our worship center, but God will be honored in our worshipping together from our individual homes. We can be disappointed for not meeting together in person for worship, but I believe we need to make this sacrifice in the service of our larger community's well-being and out of respect for those authorities and health professionals attempting to slow the spread of the virus. We want to do our part to help protect those most vulnerable.
Here are a few things I wish I could say to you through video at this time but need to share in this email.
I and our other pastors are available. Help us take care of one another. Reach out to one another. Call or text those in your classes or groups. Check on your actual neighbors or those who may be vulnerable to see if they need anything. Let us know how we can help you. Share any needs you become aware of with us. We love you and walk together through the unknown believing God is guiding us each step of the way.
Please continue to be faithful in your regular giving. Needs will not stop but only increase. The church office will be open to be of service to you and to receive your financial gifts. Online giving and mail are also viable options.
Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray for one another, for those in authority making hard decisions, for those in the medical community and on the front lines treating patients. Pray God uses this time of suspended activities to not only stop the virus but also help us connect with Him and with our neighbors. Pray that we have opportunities for Gospel conversations and sharing the hope with have in Christ.
We will continue to monitor all that is going on and communicate any changes or needs with you. Our webpage and Facebook page will be updated later today. A decision about Sunday, March 22 will be made later in the week.
Remember that I love you and am praying for you.