To our brothers and sisters in Christ.
hope this letter finds you all doing well. We feel it important to
continue to connect with each other through this time of “social
distancing”. We may not be able to give hugs and handshakes, but that
doesn’t mean that we can’t encourage and show our love for one another
as we always have, and that is the purpose of this letter. We’d like to
share a few things with you.
one, you need to know that the leadership has not shut down. We are
still communicating with each other and making decisions that we believe
will protect and serve the best interests of the congregation. Though
this is definitely a trying time, our attitudes remain positive. This
time will pass. But even more than that, we trust the Lord to watch out
for and guide His people. In this fact, we have our greatest
confidence. And so should you.
may ask, “why would God allow such things?”. We won’t try to claim
that it is easy for us to understand God, but we do know this, God has
used trials and tragedy as a means to allow Godliness to shine
throughout the scriptures. Now is when the world can truly see the
difference between all that is good and all that is evil. Children of
God sacrifice, they don’t hoard. Children of God help, they don’t
hinder. Show the world how your God loves.
remember, we are a family. One of the greatest comforts of being a
child of God is knowing that your brothers and sisters have your back.
Even though we all should know this, in times like these we need to hear
it. Call or text one another. Check in on each other, especially those
who may have the most needs. It will mean the world to them, and you
will surely be blessed in doing it. The world will know that we are
God’s children by the way we love one another.
know that many people are being laid off, some with pay and some
without. We should all try to pull our own weight, but there are times
when that just isn’t possible. If you are in a position of need, please
let us know. We will make the congregation aware of the need and see
what help is available. If you are unable or concerned about getting
out for groceries, etc., please call the office. Someone will be able to
pick things up for you.
those of you who are able, we want to remind you that we as a
congregation still have financial obligations. Please, please, if you
can, continue to give so that we can pay our bills and provide for those
who depend on us for their salaries. As was shared in an earlier
email, we normally bring in approximately $5,000 a week but, as of the
email, we had only received $1,300. Our expenses run between $4,500 and
$5,500 per week. As you can see this is quite a shortfall. This may
require us to use moneys that were given towards Mission Week and
building a shed. If this happens we hope those who gave will
understand. We intend to replace those funds when possible. We just want
to make you aware of the situation. We will get behind quickly if this
greatest concern for you all, even above finances and health, is
spiritual. Keep your focus on Christ. Though other things may try to
take your attention away from Him, you must be mindful of your Lord. It
is He who will comfort you; it is He who will give you hope and
confidence. Be assured, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ,
and that is the most valuable thing we have.
with us on Wednesday night for a live feed of the Bible Class led by
Doug. On Sundays you have two opportunities to watch or listen: Bible
Talk Live is back on 1430 am, WFOB from 7:56-8:30am and Sunday Service
is live streamed at 10:00am. Don’t neglect your spiritual needs. Pray
often, read, study and ponder God’s Word. He will keep you solid and
our brethren, fear not, for we will get to the other side of this
pandemic. And when we do, those handshakes and hugs will mean more to us
than they did before. We will truly rejoice in the Lord when we can
again gather together in His name.
Stay safe and in all things remember the Lord,