A Word from the Pastor...
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Remain in me, and I will remain in you. John 15:4a
I know we find ourselves in interesting times. COVID-19 has interrupted our world and our lives. Jesus reminds us that he is the vine and we are the branches. When the branch is separated from the vine there's nothing it can do. But, when we stay connected to the vine, even during challenging times, we find all we need to persevere. God is always faithful!
As you know, over the weekend, the church leadership made the difficult but necessary decision to suspend Sunday morning worship and all gatherings until further notice. We believe in what John Wesley said, "DO NO HARM" and we want to comply with the recommendations of the CDC
. It's imperative that we care for the well-being of each other and our community in days such as these.
However, we are still the church! Rather we are together in person or we are apart - we are the church. And I am thankful for the church that you are! We will continue our feeding ministries and as long as conditions permit the church office will remain open during regular business hours (Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm). We do ask that you help us honor the need for "social distancing"
and call the office if you need anything and refrain from stopping by. Please let us know how we can help you and please be sure to call each other and check in on those who you know are most vulnerable during times such as these.
Your church staff met this Monday morning (without touching and keeping our distance) to discuss how we will continue forward, especially in regards to keeping us connected to the vine and to one another. One of those ways is changing the format of The Pointer.
Because we want to provide you with resources and tools to stay connected and grow in your faith we found it best to adjust how we send out information. Producing the weekly newsletter through email will provide us and you a better opportunity to click on links, watch sermons, listen to prayers, you name it.
We do ask for your patience as we try some new things and experiment with new ways of communicating with you. Just as a reminder, email is our primary form of communication. But, we will also be using other means such as YouTube
. If you don't have a Facebook account, we want to encourage you to get one as we will also be sending out scriptures, uplifting words, and important information. Even if you aren't a fan of Facebook it is a great tool for us to stay connected and we want you to stay connected. To access the church Facebook page, click here
. We will also try other avenues of connecting in small groups such as Zoom - so be on the lookout for that too.
It is highly likely that our current plan will remain in place for the next few weeks. Yesterday we live streamed our worship service. We are aware that some of you had difficulty accessing the the video. We are working on providing an easier platform for it to be viewed and will keep you posted. The video from yesterday's service is now available on the homepage of the church website by clicking here
. But for your convenience, you can click the picture below.
Once again, we will keep you updated and we ask that you help us, by letting us know how we can help you and how we can help one another.