As most of you have likely heard the state of Oregon has mandated that over the next month any gatherings that occur be limited to 25 people, due to COVID-19. This will have a direct effect on our church family since we far exceed this number. As a result, we will be posting our sermons online over the next several weeks, along with regular updates.
Our weekly sermons will be posted onto our website and YouTube channel by 9am Sunday morning. We are excited to be able to continue studying God's word and growing in him through this time. All of this can be done from the comfort of your home on Sunday mornings (though we are eager to be able to see you all in person again). If you need help figuring any of this out, please feel free to contact the office and ask for help. We will be happy to assist you and hear how you are doing.
Speaking of our office, it will still be open during its normal hours 9 am - 1 pm Monday through Thursday. Feel drop by with any prayer requests that you have or give us a call. We also welcome you to drop off or mail in your regular tithes and offerings. These will be especially important during this complex time. As an added announcement, we hope to have our online giving set up in the next few weeks, which will allow each of you to give digitally.
I understand that right now many of you may be fearful of what the future holds. I want to encourage you that no situation we are facing is bigger than our God. During this time I want to challenge you to live in faith and not fear (When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3). God is still God, he still loves you, and nothing occurring is beyond his control. As a church this situation is a unique opportunity for us to demonstrate who Jesus is through our actions and reactions. We should all exercise sensible precaution, but we also have an eternal hope that no disease can remove. Our faith should be visible through this, impacting the lives of others.
I encourage you, if you are struggling with fear and anxiety over these issues, to turn off the news and social media feeds and read Psalm 24 and Psalm 91. Read Mark 16 and allow Jesus to fill you with faith and hope.
Rather than focusing during this time on stockpiling toilet paper and bottled water, consider how you might bless others. Write an encouraging note or email to someone you love. Pick up groceries for your elderly neighbor who can’t go on their own. Call a friend you haven't spoken to in years. Invest more time than ever in meaningful ways with those you love.
Situations like this give us the gift of perspective. God has blessed all of us with more than we deserve or can grasp. Today we can choose to live in gratitude instead of fear, trusting in the provider of all good things regardless of how scary the bad may seem.
I love and am grateful for each person in our church family. God has brought us together, and together we can live in a way that shows his light.
I will see you each on our website and YouTube, if not in person.
God bless you all,
P.S. This Sunday our church family has been invited to join the Women of the Word study group in praying and fasting for this current situation. Please join us.