Dear Friends in Christ,
I am so grateful for you and count my blessings to be with you as your pastor during this time. Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear…”
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6
When you fear or are anxious, turn it into a prayer. Practice this every day until it is an immediate response.
Your church still needs you as much as you need the church. There are some things I want you to do as we move through this. I am still going to need your help in several ways.
1. Give…the ministry we have continues to need us to give as we have always given during this time. We still need to pay our bills just as you do and I don’t want us to fall behind. You can give by mailing your pledges in or give electronically and contact the office on how you can do that.
2. Show up virtually and share videos and invite friends to watch. This is a good time to evangelize and encourage others with emails and videos from the church. I am preparing for several weeks of this to continue and know that God will lead us and be with us.
3. Make calls and send cards to the elderly. This is a time to include the ministry of good old fashioned calls and cards to those who are shut in. Why not send them some of the scripture I will send out to you this week?
4. Prayer. I need you to hold me up. Pray for me and my family as I pray for you. Pray for our staff who are working diligently remotely. The church is in my heart.
5. Take care of yourselves. Use this time to be with your families and know that God has given us an opportunity to be connected in new ways. Believe. Trust God. It’s all I know.
6. Prepare. Get enough provisions for 2 weeks. There are some hard things coming down in the next weeks. Be prepared with food and supplies. Look to see if any among us can’t get supplies and see how we might help.
I want to encourage you to stay in the hope and promises of God. These are incredibly trying days, but God has not left us. We are working to increase our virtual community and offer ways of training others to get us up to speed. If you do not have access to social media and a family member can’t show you how…I will be sending out periodic messages of encouragement. Every day I ask that you consider being protective of your quiet time with God.
I carry you in my heart. We are still God’s community and we can and will get through this together. If you have prayer requests this week…email me and cc Teresa in the office.
Blessings to you and health to you,