COVID-19 2nd Update
On Tuesday of this week our leadership team decided that the best course of action for our March services would be to transition to two separate Sunday morning services to reduce our crowd size. However, we knew then that this situation was fluid and information was changing rapidly.
As news has continued to develop and government officials continue to give advice, the decision has been made, based on the recommendations of Governor Ivey to cancel all public worship services at least until after Sunday March 29, 2020. We will reevaluate on a regular basis and make decisions that are in the best interest of all. Political leaders are taking all measures available to them to protect the population. They restrict public life and call on people to avoid social contact wherever possible. The scientists in the laboratories are working intensely to find an antidote to this disease, which has already claimed thousands of lives worldwide.
Although the situation is certainly not comparable to the dangers and turmoil of wartime, the experience of helplessness is similar. No one knows if or when it will affect him/her or if people close to them will be in danger. Everyone knows the possibilities to protect ourselves from infection are limited. There is no guarantee that it will not affect me of all people. We sit at home and pass the time. Many of us get bored and lack the opportunities for activity both at work and in our leisure time.
But when we are thrown back on ourselves in this way, there is also a chance to reflect on what is important without our attention being distracted by the many distractions of modern life. As believer’s we know that our life is in God’s hands. We have no permanent home on this earth. We win every day in this life, as we keep our eyes on Jesus. Please continue to pray for each other and always remember God is good.
COVID 19 - “How Can I Help?” - Update:
Many of you have called or texted in an effort to reach out and offer your help. It is really great to see church family unite in times of crisis. Below are a few ways that we can all work together to encourage one another during these difficult times:
● Check on each other: Use this time to reach out to our senior adults, Sunday school class members, co-workers, neighbors, extended family and friends via phone call or text. Ask how you can help them or pray for and with them.
● Make prayer a priority: We have been challenged by our pastor and church leadership to participate in a time of prayer and fasting each Thursday. Let’s not forget what the New Testament tells us about the praying power of the fervent righteous man. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Perhaps 7:14AM would be a good time to pray this scripture over our nation?
● Make going to the mailbox fun!: Use some of your quarantined downtime to send handwritten notes or cards to someone. While the kids are out of school, let them in on the fun! Have your children draw pictures or make handmade cards to send as an encouragement to someone during this time that we are separated.
Continue in your faithfulness to Christ as we come together as God’s church bringing peace, hope and light to our communities and a world in need!
Tithes and Offerings March 15, 2020
Tithes and Offerings $6.156.55
“Bigger Boat” Building Fund $1,002.81
“Pure Love” Water Filter for Missionaries $10.00
Other Receipts $578.27
Current “Bigger Boat” Building Fund Balance to Date: $218,953.24
Pure Love” Water Filter for Missionaries to Date: $13,865.00