Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update From Your Pastor

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update From Your Pastor

Following new local and federal guidance, we are extending our closure to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

As a result, all in-person gatherings are now canceled through Sunday, March 29.

But, as the hymn says:

The church is not a building;
the church is not a steeple;
the church is not a resting place;
the church is a people.

Friends, we are still the church.

Here are the things we can do as the church while we are apart:

WORSHIP: Worshiping by live stream last Sunday was a blessing! It was such a delight to see the interaction on Facebook and even photos of families gathered together for worship. We look forward to seeing you online again, with a few changes and improvements, including a children’s message. This week, worship will be live-streamed through Facebook and You Tube, beginning at 9:30am CDT.

Please note: our building will be open only for those leading worship and providing tech support.

GIVE: As this closure extends in our church, our community, our nation, and our world, we will face new needs. Please continue to give as you are able via our online portal. We are grateful for the generosity of this community.

CONNECT: We are exploring new ways to stay connected with our small groups and Bible Studies.

  • Children’s ministry will share Sunday School lessons via their emailed newsletter each Friday for the following Sunday. These lessons can be easily led by a parent or other adult. They are also posting an activity each day on their Facebook page that corresponds with the week’s lesson.
  • Youth ministry will be meeting via Google Hangouts for Wednesday Bible study.
  • The Ladies Monday Morning Bible study will gather via Facebook Live at 10:00am on March 23. The next study, “Romans” by Melissa Spoelstra, begins on March 30, also via Facebook Live.
  • We encourage Sunday school classes to meet virtually, whether that’s through video conferencing, email, text message or Facebook Live. We have sent our Sunday school leaders information about streaming “The Walk” videos for free through Amplify.

PRAY: If you would like to receive a daily email devotional for “The Walk”, contact Alison Thomas. If you have a prayer request, a care need, or would like to receive our prayer chain to pray for the needs of the church, contact Ruth Swingle.

We are Better Together, even when we are not closer than 6 feet from each other, because we are the people of God!

I’m praying for you. I hope you’re praying for me.

Grateful.

Pastor Mary Beth