In many ways we’re experiencing what the apostle Paul expressed to his fellow Christians when he was separated from them for a time: "Since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face” (1 Thess. 2:17). Paul needed to leave them physically, but he was still with them in heart. And he couldn’t wait to be face-to-face again. That’s how we feel as a church family these days.
In light of COVID-19, and the necessity of distancing ourselves from others, we are temporarily moving into a new season as a church.
We’re grateful to be able to stay in communication through various means, and we want to keep you informed of updates related to our church.
We will not meet together at our building for our Sunday Gatherings until further notice. However, we are not cancelling our gathering; we are just temporarily shifting to a different way of meeting together. We will plan to join together on Sundays at 10 AM from our homes for our Sunday Online Gathering (here). We recognize that this is not ideal—we were made for fully-embodied relationships and the church was made to gather in person—but we are grateful to be able to connect online in this way. We are prioritizing the Sunday morning gathering as a place to stay informed and connected and growing as a church family in this time.
Small groups will not be meeting in person, but will take place through video conferencing. Small group leaders will be joining their group together through Zoom for meetings. Small groups will continue to be a primary way that we care for one another as a church family.
Caring for One Another
We are grateful that so many in our church family are intentionally caring for one another. We encourage you to reach out to other friends and small group members—call one another, send texts, write letters and emails, and set up video calls. Reach out to those who are most vulnerable in this time. Our leadership is also taking steps to make sure our church family is cared for. If you need immediate help, please contact our church office (email@example.com).
Communication and Resources
We will be providing updates and resources regularly in this season. Please sign up for our e-newsletter, which will include Midweek Resources and information about Sunday Online Gathering.
We believe that giving is an important act of worship and is important for us to continue our ministries and mission. Since we will not be meeting at the building in this season, we encourage you shift your giving online here.
Loving Our Neighbors
Our current cultural and global crisis provides Christians with an opportunity to love our neighbors. We are not taking a break from our purpose to make disciples of Jesus; this is a new opportunity to lean into this mission. It is an opportunity to reach out to neighbors to show love and care in practical ways. And it’s an opportunity to share with our friends and neighbors the practical love of Christ.