What A Kingdom Opportunity!

Many have things changed! In just a couple of weeks life as we know it is different than
what we have been used to – not just for a few years, but for decades. In times like this it is
difficult to understand what is true and what is not. I have heard some state that our country and
the world are going overboard. I also have heard others say that we aren’t doing enough. I’ve
also heard that this is a conspiracy to stop churches from meeting. There may be truth in all
these statements. However, we are in a position to do what is necessary and what is best for
the safety of our congregation (in which many fall into the at-risk category). It seems to me,
there must be some truth in the danger we are being told. I would hate to think that all these
drastic changes were motivated by a personal agenda. For now, it is important to give our
leaders the benefit of the doubt- regardless of political persuasion.
Mike Ziegler, our Business Manager and Safety Team leader, has been working hard and has
been in communication with local and county leaders in understanding the best way to address
the situation. In conversation with him and consultation with others a decision has been made
to cancel all Sunday Church Services and Wednesday Kids Clubs and Youth.

Rest assured that we are not cancelling out
of fear, but wisdom. (For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and
discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7)
On a positive note – this is an AMAZING opportunity! Many may think this will defeat the
church. May we take this time to prove that meeting publicly as we are used to is not the only
way to worship and to minister God’s Word. In fact- this was not the norm in the New
Testament.
Please be in prayer for our sister church in Eswatini (Swaziland). They are also making drastic
changes as they have confirmed cases there as well. This is detrimental to them as they
depend on the ministry for the basic needs of life.
Here are suggestions of how we can stay focused on Christ during this time:

  • Stay connected to the body:
  • Watch the weekly videos and utilize the discussion questions.
  •  Watch them as a group:
  • Families- The church starts at home. At times we may have the
    misconception that church must be a large crowd. Consider the
    new testament church – they ONLY met in homes. If you live
    alone or your family isn't interested, consider a small group.
  • Focus Groups-  it is important to follow the guidelines of no more than ten.
    If you have more than ten consider breaking off into a
    second group.
  • If you are not a part of a focus group, start one in your
    home. No preparation is necessary as the video and
    discussion questions are provided for you.
  •  Invite neighbors/friends and relatives to watch with you.
  •  Tithing/Online Giving
    It is important to remember that while our corporate gatherings will
    be halted, our bills and our work will not. We understand that this
    time is impacting the economy so please continue to give as you
    are able, trusting God as your Provider. You can mail your
    offerings to the church and online giving is always available for
    you

https://osvonlinegiving.com/1666

Please be encouraged as God is at work during this time!
Thanks!
Seeking Him,
Chad