CHURCH NEWS: MARCH 19TH
In our attempts to keep you updated with how we’re responding to the Covid19 situation, we will continue to send out emails such as this, along with posting videos. As council we met last night, praying for the church and for wisdom in moving ahead. So here’s an update from your leadership as it pertains to several areas:
Sunday Morning service: This Sunday we will be posting a pre-recorded sermon that will be available at 10:00 on our website and facebook. You may wish to watch that with a friend, or perhaps watch it, and connect with some others via skype to discuss it and pray with each other. We will keep you updated as to how future Sunday services will continue to evolve.
Identifying needs: As we met we identified specific needs that may be in our body. Those would be grocery runs and drop offs; medication pickups and delivery; technical support for those who are unclear as to how we connect via the internet.
Responding to the needs: If you are someone who could respond to those needs by either delivering goods for individuals that cannot or should not get out, or if you can provide computer assistance to those needing it, please let the office know, so we can make the necessary connections.
Helping us stay connected: If you know someone who regularly attends NSC, but is not on our email list, could you please advise us, in order that we can add them to our contact list.
Living with the gospel in mind: We do believe that there are tremendous opportunities during this time, to intentionally live out the gospel in the neighbourhoods and communities that God has placed us. We’ve attached an idea from Elijah Elkins displayed in the Gospel Coalition, entitled “A Practical Way to Love Your (Self-Isolated) Neighbour”, as an idea for reaching out to your neighbourhood. Or you may want to simply send them a text message asking how you can pray for them during this time of unrest. Or simply take time to pray together, that this would open up doors for gospel conversations. As A. W. Tozer put it, “A frightened world needs a fearless church.”
Tithing: Just a reminder that in this time of not meeting together, the donate on line option is still available.
Praying for you: As council, we’ll be praying for you again on Saturday morning, so if you have any specific prayer requests, please contact Al at firstname.lastname@example.org in order that we can pray for you early Saturday morning.
As you are quarantined: I’m sure you’ve read many articles but here is one I read today from Courtney Reissig, with some ideas for this time together as family. https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/waste-family-quarantine/
That’s it for now church. I leave you with the words of Jesus found in the gospel of John, chapter 14, where Jesus is comforting his disciples as he prepares to leave “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful”.
Pastor Al and the NSC Leadership
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