A Message from Pastor Ryan
I wanted to get a communication out to you regarding the rapid changes/expectations of social distancing and minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
I ask for everyone's continued patience and understanding at this time. It seems as though the guidelines for gatherings are being updated daily...going from under 250 to 50, then 10...now even to the family unit only (in some states).
Even in this time, opportunities abound for sharing the message of Jesus and for connecting with each other and our world.
Being that we are a church, the government can not ask us to shut down, and we most certainly will not be shutting down. However, our concept of church will be greatly challenged at this time.
We will not be meeting physically for the next two weeks for sure. More than likely, we will observe the 8-week protocol. As I said in my video from Sunday, this is not out of fear or overreaction, but out of love for our community and for those most vulnerable.
The Church Without Walls
The Church is not bound by the building we meet in. The Church is all of us, in our homes and our communities, in our lives. Here are some of the ways we're continuing to be the Church during this time.
Our Video Messages
Following us on Facebook is the easiest way to view our live videos, and allows you to sign up for notifications each time we go live so you don't forget! Our publishing schedule is:
Sunday Series - 9:30am
Wednesdays in the Word - 5pm
Fridays @ 5 - 5pm
For those without Facebook, we will always post our latest video message here on the site. To get there, either select Latest Video from the menu up top or click the button below.
NEW Online Groups
Call it a May Term or a May-Day hail from isolation, but we are reaching out to connect with one another online. These one-month small groups will start the week of May 3rd and are open to anyone with an internet connection or a phone line willing to call in. Check back soon for details.
Let us make every effort to be the church in this time. We have an amazing opportunity to point others to the love of Jesus and to an unchanging God in this time of uncertainty.
Be reaching out to your neighbors. See what opportunities there are right in your neighborhood(s).
Let us be intentional in making sure that we remain connected. In addition to the efforts of church staff and volunteers to communicate our plans through Facebook, email, and our website, please be sure to keep checking on each other to make sure that everyone knows what and how we are doing.
City Mission Partnership
We are excited to partner with City Mission as a collection center for non-perishable food and clothing. The donation drop-off runs each week Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M, at our main church entrance right off Library Rd.
The most urgent need is for food, but clothes donations are also accepted. City Mission requests the following kinds of food items:
- Peanut butter, jelly, crackers
- Pasta and pasta sauce
- Canned meats (chicken, tuna)
- Cereals, oatmeal
- Canned soup, fruit, vegetables
- Breakfast bars, granola bars.
We also have a post on our Facebook page about this partnership which we'd love for you to share with your own social network. Raising awareness of both City Mission and our partnership is a great way to help make sure we as a community can take care of those around us in need!
Additional Information on COVID-19
CDC Guidelines – As with any normal flu season, follow these guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water (20 seconds). If (like us) you struggle with remembering that timing, here's some helpful alternatives to singing Happy Birthday.
- If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cough or sneeze into a disposable Kleenex
- Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
- Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick
If you have additional questions, please email Joanne Marsh at firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to contact us!