[Written on March 17, 2020]
From your pastor:
Good morning. My
prayer is that in the midst of everything going on, you are finding peace. I
wanted to give you an update regarding the Sunday church services and ALL
functions going forward at least through April 6. This includes the annual
meeting as well as the two meals and gatherings which were planned.*
The leadership team met together last evening via a conference call and based upon the CDC recommendations, along with Governor Scott’s decision to shut down all public schools until April 6, we will be doing the same for our facility as well as any groups that meet.
Staff will be there in a minimal capacity in order to continue the information flow for our body. We are working this week to insure that a Sunday message is available to you across different platforms. I am in conversation with our Information Technology people with regards to producing a video upload as well as a podcast for the dates defined and perhaps beyond.
This is a very unique situation, as leadership and pastors everywhere navigate through decisions we have not faced before. Our deepest desire is to insure that all those under our care are safe and healthy, as well as spiritually fed.
There are many ways in which we can do that. I will be looking for a book that we can draw a weekly devotional from, as well as our Sunday sermons being made available. We, the leadership, are in prayer for all of you. Our desire is to reach out to make sure all are doing well, to see if there are needs to be met as well as pray with you. This will happen via phone, but can also include e-mail.
I have also informed the leaders that given the circumstances, my March 31 end date, while still in effect, will not change how I am functioning as your pastor. I do not feel it appropriate, nor do I believe it right to simply step back in the midst of this. They were all in agreement.
Starting April 1, while I will then be senior pastor of Church of the Rock, I will continue to pastor you at least through the 19th of April. The leadership team has been working already on a transition plan, and have your best interest at heart. While my hours will shift away from there, I am making myself available as best as possible for the duration of this crisis.
After which time, I will still continue to give oversight as the presbyter who will help with the transition. In addition, we need to be able to say goodbye to one another in a good and happy way. One that includes pieJ. So, I will be working to insure Lisa and I will be in attendance whether for a mid-week party or a Sunday celebration when we can do so safely.
Let’s be the community of believers for each other as well as for those who are in our sphere of influence. If you know someone in need, an elderly person who may need groceries or a short conversation, lets shine like lights in a dark world, being Jesus for those around us. This is a great opportunity to show the community Jesus in what we do.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
Yours because of Him,
Pastor Mike and the leadership team.
*to be rescheduled at soonest possible date