Updated: Mar 28, 2020
20 March 2020
Dear Members and Friends
Praying for your Safety and Good Health
We live in uncertain and unprecedented times. During these anxious and stressful times, we want you to know we are praying for you and your families, at home and at the office. At the same time, I am encouraged by your courage, faith, strength and resilience. We will not take your prayers and support for granted. I am encouraged that you have chosen to walk with us in the journey of faith.
Some people have asked me about the coronavirus situation and my answer is to:
1) Build your faith in healing, as it is God who is the ultimate protector from all viruses and healer of all diseases, and
2) Do what you can to build up your immune system--this is your-given mechanism for the body to defend and repair itself. With wisdom in both areas, you will not be in fear like much of the population will be.
7 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 8nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Psalm 91:7-8 (NKJV)
Over the last many days, I have seen countless scriptures posted on social media regarding the Coronavirus crisis. For me personally, the truth that has encouraged me the most is this:
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18
John’s words remind me that when God’s perfect love captures me, what I fear melts away. And when I live the love of Jesus with others, their fear will melt away as well. We are not sitting down and waiting for the storm to be over. We are learning valuable lessons and change leadership strategy, moving forward.
1. Online ministries. The key is not to be satisfied with people participating in internet online. The question we must answer is, ‘how do we grow greater engagement and participation from our people in their homes?’ This could be our greatest opportunity to establish the practice of prayer, singing, offerings and otherwise in the homes of our church family!
2. By establishing virtual small group studies, Bible reading plans, utilizing digital devotions, etc, we have an opportunity to develop methods of discipleship that will serve isolated members of our church and community well beyond this crisis
3. Redirecting leadership. As we focus on virtual discipleship, pastoral care, new digital forms of gathering our leadership teams and ministry community. We must be adaptable to serve and lead where needed
4. Loving one another. This is the opportunity for the church to show that it is distinctly different. Every member of our congregation should be encouraged to daily ‘reach out’ (virtually) to those they know who may be lonely, sick or needy. Encouragement texts, prayer and care initiatives. Make calls or show love. In what new ways can we become more sensitive and active in loving the discouraged, isolated and vulnerable?
I am writing to encourage you to send in your prayer requests. Some of us will be interceding through the Zoom social video conferencing platform. So e-mail or text us today. I know members who are facing difficulties in sales, business, jobs, health and has many concerns. We want to pray for you. We will not disclose your names without your permission.
For the purpose of precaution and maintaining safety measures, we will be diligent in cleaning church premises. We will continue to meet as long as we can follow the instruction to keep gatherings below 250. Please feel free to use masks in the services as none of us will be offended by it. Some will avoid shaking hands and exercise social distancing. Please fill in declaration forms, in case we need it for contact tracing.
May God keep and bless you. Let us pray for each other and give support to one another in these uncertain times.
Yours in His Grace,
Pastor David Lee, Pastoral Team, Board and Church