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Tuesday, March 24th Update to Our Church Family

As a staff, we would like to provide you with some information regarding Sunday’s Live Stream Gathering, and decisions made regarding Upcoming Events.
We are very encouraged by the fact that many in our church family have been gathering together at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, even as we are scattered throughout the area.  This past Sunday, we had nearly 250 “viewers” of the service, when normally we would have between 20 and 30.  We also know that for every “viewer”, there may actually be two or more people who are watching along.  And so it is possible that we have hundreds (300, 400+) who are coming together during this hour.  We also are aware that many who are not able to watch it live are able to watch it at a later time during the week.  We are grateful for those from the worship team who have been willing to come to the church and lead, and for those on the AV team who have been able to provide vital support to help make this happen.
We have made the decision to postpone or cancel all on-site services/events at Five Forks until further notice.  Like yourselves, we do not have a clear picture of how this will evolve, and so the church will remain locked for the foreseeable future and no one should enter except for essential staff.  The exception will continue to be a few members of the Worship and AV Teams so that we are able to continue to stream the service on Sundays at 9:30.  Please make plans to join us at that time!

Let us look for opportunities to put into practice whatever we received from the Lord this past Sunday morning.  What spoke to you through the message about “improving our God connection”?
We looked at five different examples of how this might be done, and perhaps focusing on one each day this week will help you connect better with God.  The first example was Miriam, who chose to praise and give thanks to the Lord for delivering her and the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.  They did not know what was to come, but they knew they were free!  And she – along with her brother Moses – led the people in a song of praise for what God had done.
In the same way, we do not know what lies ahead, but we know that we have been set free from being slaves to sin.  And that is worth celebrating!  As Pastor Shaun recently pointed out, no matter what comes to pass at this time, nothing can change the fact that 2000 years ago Jesus died on the Cross and then rose from the grave, delivering us from the power of sin and death.
Throughout this week you may wish to look at the examples of Deborah, Hannah, Esther and Hagar, and how each of them connected with God.  Sunday’s message is available either as video or as text on the church website:
We will look to bring you another update later this week, but in the meantime, if you have any concerns, needs or prayer requests, please call the church office and we will be glad to talk with you.
-Bill, Ray, Shaun, Chris, Brady