A letter from Pastor Kevin:
The Coronavirus situation is changing very quickly. Today the session of New City Fellowship has made 2 decisions.
First, out of an abundance of caution we have decided to cancel services tomorrow. Our greatest concern is to show love and concern for our neighbors and the vulnerable among us. We are also following the recommendation of authorities who suggest it is one way we can slow or even stop the spread of the disease. This is actually a way we can be a witness in our community.
Second, we are working to formulate a plan for the coming weeks. How can we serve our community in this time of crisis while at the same time offering you the means of grace through word and sacrament. The scripture is clear both in its call “not to forsake the gathering of worship” and its call to “submit to the authorities”. As best we can, we intend to do both.
So here are our immediate requests for you.
Worship with us tomorrow online. We will be live-streaming music and preaching tomorrow at 8:30. This will be available at the
NCF Live Youtube channel
. This recording will also be available for you at 11:00 or later in the day. You can also see services we’ve recorded from prior weeks. Tomorrow is still the Lord’s day, do worship with us! We are also hoping to send a midweek message from the pastors on this same channel.
We also want to encourage you to give. There is both a theological and practical reason for this. Theologically, as we say every Sunday, giving is an act of worship. And it's one we can engage in whether or not we are physically present at the church. Practically, the ministries of the church are made possible through your giving. Please consider giving your normal offering through
the donation links on our website.
You can also give through your bank’s online system, or by writing a check, which you can either mail or drop off at the church office.
Third, we also would encourage you to fast and pray and plead with God, as the Great Physician, to glorify himself in this moment. Pray that we would be salt and light during this time. Pray that he would use his church, as he has done through it’s history, to be agents of good in our community.
Finally, do prepare for trouble while not giving way to fear. Make sure you are taking all the precautions that have been communicated by authorities. But take comfort in the scriptures. Psalms 91 and 121 remind us of our certain standing and ultimate protection in the love and grace of the Father.
Please let us know if you have concerns. If you are isolated or need help we are willing to come visit you.
We love you.
Pastor Kevin Smith.