We will continue to provide worship each
Sunday at 9:15 a.m
. However, in order to comply with the Governor’s shelter-in-place order, as well as our Bishop and her cabinet’s recommendation, worship from the sanctuary of Ben Hill will no longer take place. I am very pleased to let you know that we will continue to offer a worship experience through other digital platforms at 9:15 a.m. on Sundays. We will be offering this via a modified live stream experience or pre-recorded format. I look forward to what will be a new worship experience for all of us.
Regarding this Sunday’s service and Holy Communion, I am asking that you would be prepared to participate following the sermon as is our norm. The ritual will more than likely be abbreviated. Due to the unprecedented circumstances we are facing, a cracker, a piece of bread, and an appropriate liquid may be used (no grain alcohol for this one please –😊).
I continue to be encouraged by how you have adapted to the current pandemic by finding creative ways to continue to do ministry. Last week, for the first time a
drive-up food distribution
was implemented. Forty (40) families, the most that have been served in years, benefited from this ministry. In keeping with the intergeneration focus of our vision statement those serving were high school and college students, seniors, and others.
noonday Bible study
had 100 people participating through free conference call. We apologize for those who were not able to join us because of limited capacity. We have made adjustments and expanded the capacity of those who are able to join to 1,000. I am particularly encouraged by the courage of our seniors, for whom this is a new experience. You have demonstrated your willingness to learn new things in order that your growth as a disciple of Christ may continue.
Disciple Bible studies
have also gone virtual. Technology has allowed us to actually see each other through Zoom. This has taken Bible study and us to a whole new level.
Choirs and other Sunday school classes
are continuing to connect by using the various virtual platforms available. And there is so much more that is taking place to advance the gospel and build community.
children and youth
are continuing to be ministered to and invited to be involved in their own growth through the efforts of our Children’s and Youth Pastors.
is inviting us to do something that we all can do – pray! And there is so much more that is going on.
As your pastor, I am exceptionally proud of the many ways in which you are caring for each other, for those in your communities, and ensuring that the God who is Sovereign is made known to all. I would however ask that you be in earnest prayer, make every effort to do no harm, and be kind and gentle with those around you. Reports are that the cases of domestic violence and sexual abuse are up. There are many who are having difficulty with sheltering-in-place and are not equipped with the spiritual tools to handle this new normal. Let us, during these extraordinary times, be people of encouragement and exemplars of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Be well and remember those words of the Apostle Paul found in Philippians 4:6-7:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Peace and Blessings,