We should continue to pray for our County, State, Country, and World as we continue to persevere in the midst of a pandemic. I want to offer huge praise to God for the way the numbers have gone over the past month or so. Regardless of how and why, the good news is, the numbers all over are going down. Let’s pray that they continue that way.
A lot has happened since our last newsletter, and a lot of it needs to be covered in prayer. Not only should we be asking God for healing of the sick and also for our country, but we need to begin by repenting of our sins and asking God to forgive us. Yes, our sins are covered at the cross, but we must acknowledge the lesson we learn from the following passage:
Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.2 Chronicles 7:14 NLT
Well oops, Kinda forgot to post a newsletter for a few months. The reason I remembered is that we actually have things happening around here that you need to know about. Sorry, I missed a few of these, but we are back and ready to go.
We have spent just about a year in an ever-changing sea of red tape and regulations. Through the whole thing I have said a couple different things, which are still true, 1) we don’t do things based on what the Govenor tells us, we do it based on what God tells us, and 2) the simpliest way to show people around you the love of God is to simply wear a mask.
While these things are still true, and despite not having completely wiped out the Coronavirus, it’s now time to begin the journey back. I don’t mean back to the way things were before the pandemic, I mean back to God in a public and communal way.
For some of you, this time of isolation has helped you grow closer to God in a more personal and intimate way, while for others of you this last year has allowed you to become a spiritual spectator or consumer. I also know that for some of you this has been a spiritually bleak time, and your soul is crying out for more, even though you don’t know how to get it.
I call this next step a journey because it isn’t easy. We can’t just simply open the doors and expect everything and everyone to go back to the way it was, nor is that what we want. We want people to feel more connected to God and each other. We must once again unite as a family and look each other in the eyes and laugh, cry, celebrate and mourn with each other.
Some of you will need to stay home for health reasons, and I understand that. I still want to help you feel more connected to your church family, and I promise we will continue to live-stream our services. Others of you may want to stay home because that is what now feels comfortable. I mean going to church in your pajamas is pretty awesome. To you, I say pray about it, and encourage you to come back when you are ready.
To everyone, my prayer is that you help each other feel comfortable. I know that as this pandemic progresses it becomes easy to become lax in our basic Covid protocols, but I ask that you remain steadfast in your love for your neighbors.
– Pastor Don
Church Yard Work Day – March 6th
Join Donna and the Mounts (sounds like a musical group) as they lead the way in sprucing up our landscaping. Just like the newly restored stained glass windows, this landscaping update will help make our church look as alive on the outside as it is on the inside.
Bring gloves, shovels, rakes, or anything else a gardener may need, or even just a willing heart and hands, as we complete projects like new shrubs & borders, laying weed cloth, and pruning old plants.
New Times Are Coming
Covid threw us a curve-ball with our proposed new time launch back in November, but now it’s time to make this dream a reality.
Beginning on March 28th we will be starting a Sunday School Hour at 9:30 am. We will have classes for all ages. Classes will run from 9:30 to about 10:20, then the church service will start at 10:30. Our hope is that we will be done by 11:45 at the latest.
Holy Week Schedule
Mark your calendars for a week of reflection, prayer, and celebration. This year we will be adding a special Good Friday Service. The event will last about 30 minutes and leave you ready for the victory of Easter morning.
|Youth Group||Fridays||5:00 pm|
|Church Yard Work Day||Mar 6||9 am – 12 pm|
|Food Distribution Volunteers||Mar 9||9:15 am & 3:30 pm|
|Youth Group Paintball Event||Mar 13||10:00 am|
|Daylight Savings Time Begins||Mar 14||Set Your Clocks|
|Church Time Change||Mar 28||9:30 am & 10:30 am|