Covid-19

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COVID-19 Update from Elders

Dear Church Family,

In Matthew 6 Jesus gives two commands to his true followers - don't be anxious and seek first the kingdom of God. In those well-loved verses he says, "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Mt. 6:33-34)

As elders, we have spent today together, digging into the Word, praying in light of the Word, and discussing next steps in light of these troubled times. We are all blown away by how turbulent this COVID-19 situation has proven to be. No one could have seen the drastic measures that are being taken and recommended by our government to stop the spread of the virus. We have closely followed the developments as we have tried to parse out fact from fiction. In light of all that is happening we think the following steps are the wisest way forward. We will keep these plans in place for the next 8 weeks, but we will be reevaluating things constantly. If we can come back to normal, or some form of normal, before the 8 weeks, we will certainly do that. Here is our plan:
  • We will not have any in-person gatherings as a Church. We will not meet for Sunday School, Sunday morning, Sunday night, Small Groups, or Wednesday night in person. Every ministry event has been cancelled or postponed for the next 8 weeks.
  • We will have one service at 10:30am on Sunday morning that we will Livestream on our Facebook page (click here). Our understanding is that you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the Livestream. After the service is over, we have plans to have that video posted to our website. 
  • Only those who are part of the service, and their immediate family, will be invited to join us in person for that one weekly service.
This is obviously a devastating time and this is one of the hardest decisions we have had to make. Is there a lot of hype and fear out there about this situation? Yes there is. But is there real and present danger as well? Yes there is. So, we think this plan gives us the most reasonable way forward in continuing to "meet" when we cannot meet in person as a church. We would encourage you to have your family ready to watch the Livestream right at 10:30am tomorrow morning. We will focus our time in the Word on Matthew 6:24-34 so if you want to read through that text with your family tonight to prepare your heart for worship, that would be great. 

The two things we talked about this morning as elders that concern us most as your spiritual shepherds during this time is that you are spiritually fed and protected (the main roles of a shepherd). We think it is important to continue to have our one main time in the Word together every week. And because of technological advancements, we are able to do this in ways we couldn't have even 10 years ago. But we know that this one Livestream service is not enough to adequately care for one another as we seek to grow in the Lord and obey the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. So, we are brainstorming about other ways to stay engaged with you and care for you, even at a distance. We will share more of those with you as we get into next week, but the first thing you can expect is a phone call or text message from the Elder who has you in his shepherding group. He will want to know how your family is doing during this crazy time, and he will want to know how we can potentially minister to you over the next 8 weeks. 

We want you to know that we love you with the love of Christ and it is deeply painful to us to not be able to be together with you over the next many weeks. We are disappointed over all of the lost ministry opportunities. We are devastated for the many whose lives have been turned upside down by all of this. We are bewildered about how to effectively serve you during this time. But we do not lose heart. We know this, Lord willing, is a relatively minor interruption in the many blessings that have become so normal for us. We know that God is working a plan and a purpose in this and through this which will be to the praise of His glory. We know that He still rules and reigns over all things and not one molecule is rogue. We know that He is trustworthy. We know that He is to be feared. We know that through this He is building His Church and advancing His plans. And so, may God find us faithful to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness in all of this!

Because God Reigns,
Matt Kruse, for the Elders