Midweek Update | April 15, 2020
God calls us to "pray at all times... making supplication for all the saints" and for the spread of the gospel (Eph. 6:18-20). Here are three ways we invite you to partner in prayer:
1. Churchwide Prayer Gatherings on Zoom
Join others on Tuesdays at 6:30am and Thursdays at 8:30pm for prayer. You can access each prayer gathering HERE .
2. Praying Through Our Directory
Find yourself in the current ZF directory and pray daily for the others on your page. Each week, turn the page to pray for those on the new page. Feel free to call, email, or text an encouragement to those you're praying for.
3. Join Our Prayer Team
Members of our church body have committed to praying for all of us individually through this time we are unable to gather together. To join our prayer team, contact Edgar Momoh.
Family Discipleship Resources
- Taylor Sutton
For families, the new normal has involved a lot of renegotiating of schedules, boundaries, and routines. Looming large amidst all these changes are questions related to how technology should fit into family life. Smartphones, Netflix, video games, social media, and cable news (just to name a few) vie for the attention of parents and kids as we all spend more time at home than ever before. Wisdom is needed to establish healthy, godly patterns for how our families interact with the technology in our homes. To that end, here are a few resources that might be helpful to you.
1. The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. This is a short, practical, and thoughtful book. It not only proposes some thought-provoking best practices, but also gives an inspiring vision for why it is worth keeping technology in its proper place.
2. Plugged In. This website from Focus on the Family provides helpful information for movies, video games, music, and books. In addition to alerting parents to potentially inappropriate material, Plugged In also provides concise theological reflection on the spiritual messages in popular media.
3. Consider installing an internet filter. This short blog post makes the case for installing a router-level internet filter and explains a little bit about how it works.
4. Read Aloud Revival. One great way to enjoy a screen-free story together is to read out loud to your kids. Read Aloud Revival by Sarah Mackenzie is full of helpful tips and resources to do this well, even with older kids. Make sure to check out her book lists.
May God give us grace and strength to shepherd our families faithfully during this time. Remember—our ultimate hope is not in the quality of our parenting, but in the power of God’s grace.
Caring For the Flock
- Bob Ash
In Philippians 2:4, we read: "Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others".
I praise God for how the body of ZF is obedient to this instruction! People are praying on the telephone with one another, online, on sidewalks and porches, and in their vehicles while practicing physical distancing, but still praying!
People are sending notes and cards of encouragement to one another, running errands, picking up groceries, providing meals for one another, making masks for those in need, and practicing other creative ways to connect with their brothers and sisters in Christ!
What a joy this is to see! If you have a specific need, of any kind, please do not hesitate to let someone know. This is a time to allow your friends to help, if you are facing a serious challenge. We are told in Galatians 6:2 to "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ". If you could use a helping hand right now, please reach out to an elder, deacon, staff member, or small group leader. Also, you can just send a short email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I give thanks for each of you, and look forward to the time we can all worship together again INSIDE our ZF building!