As you are aware, COVID-19 has become increasingly active in this area, impacting our community, church, and staff. Pastor Shaun (along with his wife Jenny) tested positive early this week, and we are becoming aware of others in our church family who have tested positive as well.
As a staff, we have spent time discussing the path that we believe the Lord would have us take, and we have decided that for the next two Sundays, we will not be meeting in person for services or classes, but will return to Live Stream only as we were doing in the Spring. We will then re-evaluate where things stand two weeks from now.
Please be aware that just as we did in the Spring, we will be holding one service that will begin at 9:30 A.M. Be sure to join us online as Pastor Ray brings the final message in our series For Someone Your Age.
We will also postpone the annual Thanksgiving Service planned for Sunday evening, and look to hold this at a later date when we can all gather together, and together thank God for His many blessings. One blessing includes the truths that are found in His word, such as in this passage from James 1:2-4…
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Putting God’s word into practice isn’t always easy. For many in our church family, finding joy as COVID hits close to home or in our homes presents quite a challenge. Let us continue to pray for one another, that as we follow Jesus in the midst of this trial we will experience joy. That is, our faith – our joy – in knowing, loving, and following Jesus will keep us “buoyant”, not being pulled down or pulled under by what is taking place all around us. Rather, may the joy you experience in following Jesus allow you to persevere…
…“so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”