Greetings to you all in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
These are extraordinary times! Everything the world has assured us to be stable and reliable has been shaken to its very core. Institutions once considered certain have been shown to be built on foundations of sand. Now is the time to bear witness to the Gospel! That we are part of this is a remarkable blessing and historic opportunity to witness and serve this world for Christ’s sake. For such a time as this, it’s time to be the church.
In response to the situation we find ourselves in, the recommendations are to limit our gatherings to 3 or fewer people and then only when necessary. That may or may not be extended. For those “at risk” groups, those over 65 and those with underlying conditions, the recommendation is to stay home. As a church professing a Biblical worldview, we should honor those requests. We have been asked by those in authority over us to do so. It is to “therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” and as Paul instructs us in Romans 13:1, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.“ They are not requesting we violate our Christian conscience. In fact the request is made of us for the sake of others.
Therefore, all our regularly scheduled services are, for the time being, cancelled. This includes our small group Bible studies as well. The staff is available for pastoral needs. Please let us know if there is anything you need or know of someone else who could use a hand. We have several members of the congregation who are retired (or not) and ready to assist in any way with groceries, errands and chores. Mike+ and I are available anytime by appointment and Tim Bethea has offered himself as well around his work schedule. Mary Ann is preparing home study materials for our families with children and will distribute them by email.
We will livestream our Sunday morning service at 10:00am until further notice. The details of that are forthcoming and as soon as we work them out we’ll get them to you. We have used Facebook Live but are hoping to utilize the church website which should make it a bit more accessible and hopefully more dependable.
We are Christ’s body and we need to be joined together. The challenge before us is to hold on to what we have, and by that I mean each other, bound by our affection for Jesus, and by God’s grace, to increase. What a witness it would be to the sovereignty and grace of God to flourish as His church in the midst of all this!
Don’t forget your calling to love your neighbor as you have been loved. Reach out to those around you in these times of trouble and uncertainty. May we all find peace in Christ in these uncertain times.
May God bless you! Nowell+