Many things have changed in a very short time, and if we're not careful, we could miss God at work. When we get impatient, we have a tendency to want to control things ourselves. We internally focus, and most commonly, it is the mission that suffers. Though many things have changed, our mission has not changed. The pandemic has not changed nor halted our mission. The mission has to remain the main focus.
From the words of the prophet Isaiah: "Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert" (Isaiah 43:19). In this time of change, we need to seek the Lord for direction, and we must embrace His plan for the future of our church and its ministries!
The pastoral staff is meeting with different ones serving in church leadership (deacons, ministry coordinators, Sunday School Leaders, etc.), and together, we are making plans as we move as a church into the fall and beyond. We have met with our Sunday School Leaders and Children’s Ministry Leaders, so far, and from those meetings, we have two items to share with you:
- Our Adult Sunday School teachers should have or will be contacting you over the next week to gain insight from you about the potential regathering of Sunday School!
- Our Children’s Ministry leadership is busy formulating a plan to regather our children (K-5th grade) back onto campus!
The pastoral staff have various meetings already set-up with different ones in leadership serving in our church for the purpose of gathering on campus several other ministries, and also, opportunities to serve our community. The pastoral staff would like to share two things with each of our members:
- As your staff, we do not have all of the answers, but as we continue to plan and move forward, we are seeking the Lord’s direction and guidance for our church.
- As your staff, we are open to hear from any of our members and take into consideration any new and inventive ways to move forward as a church.
The Pastoral Staff believes one of the major things that has gotten us this far in the pandemic is COMMUNICATION, SO you can expect at minimum an update from the Pastoral Staff every two weeks on Thursday afternoon!
TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE VOLUNTEERING: We sincerely appreciate everything that you are doing, so we say THANK YOU to each of you who are serving as an usher, a greeter, a sanitizer and all others. The race is far from over, so we need you to press on and remain faithful! Each one of you are valuable to the church continuing to have on-campus services and activities.
- WORSHIP TIMES: On-campus Worship at 8:45 and 10:30, only. (Worship Center Doors will not open until at least 15 Minutes).
- ENTRANCE INTO WORSHIP: Greeters will place sanitizer in/on your hands, we will have ONE-WAY FOOT TRAFFIC, so an usher will lead and direct you to your seat. (Understanding that you may not be in your usual seat).
- CONTACTLESS SOCIALIZING: Attendees should refrain from hugging and shaking hands.
- FACE COVERING: It is recommended, BUT not required that you wear a facemask. (If you choose not to wear one please respect those that do).
- LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE: If you choose not to get out, yet, we completely understand. will be recorded and posted on the church Facebook page.
- GIVING/OFFERING: We encourage everyone to “give online” / “text to give”, but we fully understand. If you are uncomfortable with those means of giving, designated containers are provided as you enter/exit the building for you to worship through giving (Contactless Giving).
- EXIT FROM WORSHIP: At the conclusion of the service, ushers will open the exterior doors and direct you by rows to exit, and all attendees will be dismissed by row!
- PLEASE STAY AT HOME: If you are sick or have any symptoms of potentially being sick; If you are dealing with severe allergies or have allergies to cleaning and disinfectant products; and, If you are uncomfortable with gathering in person. (All steps are to help limit the unintentional contamination of these items and the unintentional transfer of COVID-19 to others).
- MOST IMPORTANTLY: You are requested to come prayerfully and expectantly to hear from God and be moved by Him!
Those of us who choose to gather, we request that you be respectful of fellow attendees and their thoughts and feelings over the seriousness of this pandemic. Everyone has various levels of concern in respect to the pandemic. Thus, let’s display compassion and grace toward one another. As we gather, we do not desire for the enemy (Satan) to get a foothold and cause any disunity within our church family, and your desire should be the same.