Pursued by a loving God
We’re all aware of the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus and we’re also aware that you want to know what our plan will be as a church in the days ahead. We have resisted sharing this plan quickly because of how news about this virus is changing from day to day. The past few days have been a whirlwind for us all, and I think it is fair to say that the events of the past week are unlike anything any of us have ever experienced.
I am a firm believer that in times of crisis hospitals and churches are supposed to stay open. These are the times that the church is needed most. Normally, this is when the church would open its doors to anyone seeking comfort and encouragement. This is not a normal time, and as a result we are being asked to distance ourselves from each other. I want to assure you that our plan forward is to not shut down church operations, but because of the recommendations of our government leaders, the church will look different for a while.
In recent days, the CDC has asked that all events larger than 10 people be canceled or held virtually. President Trump and the federal government have recommended no groups larger than ten people meet, and Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a public health emergency closing restaurants, bars, fitness centers, theaters, and banning gatherings of more than ten people until at least March 31st.
Because the health of you and our entire church family is our focus, and because of our desire to honor this request from our government leaders, the Elder team and I have decided to suspend all in-person church services and events for the next four weeks. We believe that this is a necessary decision in order to help protect our church family during this time of uncertainty. This temporary change for how we gather will not prevent us from remaining connected. We have always believed that the church has nothing to do with a building, and everything to do with the people. So, during this time we will live that out as we come together via technology in our homes.
As of today, here are the actions we are taking as a church:
- In-person services will be cancelled for the next four weeks – March 22nd – April 12th.
- We will reassess the situation at that time and continue to follow the state and federal guidelines for large gatherings.
- Services will be streamed live via our Facebook page and YouTube channel. Please join us online each Sunday Morning at 10 am. We are happy to assist if you think you may need technical guidance for joining us online.
- Wednesday night PowerHouse kids – cancelled for the next 4 weeks.
- Shine (Kids Easter event) – cancelled.
- Easter services – online only.
- Annual Women’s Event – postponed.
- Volunteer opportunities (e.g. YMCA Supporting Housing, Ronald McDonald House, etc.) – these groups still need our support, just not in person. We’ll have more details for how you can help to support those in need.
- Driven by Eternity with Pastor Jordan – I am assessing the possibility of delivering this class online but may need to postpone. Further details will be shared as they are available.
- Covenant membership class – postponed.
- Ultimate Journey – please reach out to Lori Hommer for more details.
- Men’s Bible Study – postponed until further notice
- You are encouraged to still stay connected with the people and families in your life group even though you can’t meet in person. I would suggest holding a video call with your life group for a digital gathering.
- We will have more ideas and tips for how you can remain connected as a group during this time of staying apart.
- If you have a need we can help with during this time, such as getting groceries or supplies, paying bills, providing emotional and spiritual support, please let us know.
- If you have the ability to help those in need, please let us know what you’re able to help with – running errands, providing financial support, reaching out and sending encouragement, etc.
One Last Reminder
When we are faced with situations that bring fear into our lives, we always have two choices. We can either let our fear keep us from living the life God calls us to, or we can choose to convert our fear into faith through prayer, reading the Word, and claiming God’s promises over our lives and our loved ones. Let’s make the decision today to put our full trust in God and not be shaken by what’s happening in our world. The Name of Jesus is above every name!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”