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To Our Five Forks Family – March 18th

To our Five Forks Family –  Wednesday, March 18th
Like all of you, here at the church, we are doing our best to keep informed and do what we can to represent Jesus well, taking full advantage of the opportunity that we have before us.
An Opportunity to Connect With Christ
With so many normal activities not demanding our time, this is a great opportunity for us – individually -to draw closer to Jesus.  Now that the days are growing warmer and longer, may we encourage you to find time each day to take a walk outdoors and talk – quietly, but out loud – to Jesus.  Talking out loud allows your mind to stay focused, rather than straying.  These daily walks and talks will impact the rest of your day…it’s a great opportunity we have!
An Opportunity to Connect With our Church Family
We are thankful for the opportunities we have to remain connected to each other.  This past Sunday, after the 9:30 live stream, Brady Smith (our Director of Student Ministries) made use of social media to hold an interactive session with our youth.  Brady had Pastor Bill scheduled to share with the students this evening…his story of coming to the Five Forks Church and how he became a follower of Jesus. This will still happen, only it will take place over the Five Forks Students pages on Facebook and Instagram, rather than in the Student Ministry Center.  As a church and individually we will continue to take advantage of opportunities through social media and personal contacts to remain connected to each other.
As a staff, we have committed to keeping communication flowing back and forth between ourselves and our church family.  We want to hear from you, how you are doing, and what needs and prayer requests you may have.  
Also, we want you to know that there are some from our congregation who have offered to pick up groceries, medications, etc. for those in our church family.  Please contact the church office if you have a need in this area. 
An Opportunity to Connect with our “Community”
We also have the opportunity to reach out and serve those in our neighborhoods.   Maybe you can identify and reach out to those who live near you, any who are most at risk and should remain at home…offering to go and pick up things they would normally go and get for themselves.  Even if they have family already looking after them, it would be a caring gesture on your part that could lead to new relationships.
All of this to say, while our church building may be shut down, it does not mean that we – the church – must shut down.  Take advantage of this time to connect more deeply with Jesus, connect with others in your church family, and connect with those in your neighborhood!
Finally, we will once again ask you to thoughtfully reflect on Paul’s words to the church…
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 
Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Colossians 4:2-5
May we – the Five Forks Church – devote ourselves to prayer, remaining both watchful and thankful.
Let us pray for each other, that God gives us opportunities to share His message, clearly, as we should.
May God grant each of us wisdom as we look to take advantage of this unique opportunity before us, sharing with others words full of grace.
-Bill, Ray, Shaun, Chris, Brady