We want you to know that we are continuously praying for all of you during this stressful COVID 19 event. Being isolated from our church family is stressful. We are very comfortable when around each other and not so much when we are apart. Because of this, the shepherds and Jason are investigating how and when we can re-launch in-person worship services. We are considering all current federal, state and local guidance and our facility situation. The safety of our congregation and community is in the forefront of our decision.
Our building will remain closed until the risk diminishes and we can organize the collection of resources like hygiene supplies and create a step-by-step process for public worship and building usage. The current situation requires that we consider a return to church in a way that is measured and mindful of the needs of our entire church family. We plan to reopen as soon as safely possible and ask for your patience as we work through these challenges.
We want to take a moment to commend you for your giving, virtual worship participation, and ongoing ministry. We are encouraged by the numbers of viewers that consistently join us for our online Sunday worship. We are thankful for Jason and others who have provided technical and singing support that allow us to participate in meaningful worship opportunities during this time of uncertainty.
Scripture teaches us – “More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5: 3-5. This is our struggle, to remain separate for safety, but steadfast for our brothers and sisters.
As we move forward, we will provide you with periodic updates as to the timing of re-opening, and perhaps some changes to our standard practices to best ensure social distancing. In the meantime, if any of you have a need, prayer concern, or just want to talk, please call one of us.
Mike, Darian, and Garner