" Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? "
Mt. 6:26

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Shenandoah District
Daily Connection
March 18, 2020
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March 14 Governor Justice’s Guidance on School Closures
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March 17 Governor Northam's Statement Regarding Virginia's Response to COVID-19
From the Desk of District Executive Minister John Jantzi
Of real concern is the possibility of congregations and individuals becoming isolated by circumstances and mandates. In order to assist with this issue, the following individuals have consented to be part of the District’s “connecting” strategy.

1. Jan Orndorff - Sugar Grove
2. George Bowers - Antioch
3. Nancy Scott - Smith Creek/Friends Run
4. Frank Tusing - Damascus/Crab Run
5. David Miller - Montezuma
6. Jon Prater - Mt. Zion-Linville
7. Bob Johnson - Middle River
8. Johnny Hawkins - Cedar Grove/Ruckersville
9. Duane Painter - Newport

The Connecting group's function is to be eyes and ears for needs and prayer concerns that are present in neighboring congregations and surrounding communities.

Congregational Care Team members will be in contact with these individuals to gather/compile needs and requests and, in turn, work with the District Office to make the needs known. In addition, the Congregational Care Team will stay in touch with individual congregations as needs arise.

Bruce Bowman
Dot Mellott
Tim Craver S
Kathleen Michael
Jonathan Fletcher
Galen Combs

Southern Section
Eastern Section
Southern Section
Central Section
Northern Section
Southern Section

Frank Tusing and Nancy Scott
Johnny Hawkins
Bob Johnson
David Miller and Jon Prater
Jan Orndorff and George Bowers
Duane Painter
Serving Christ Together in Hope and Expectancy,

John Jantzi
Shenandoah District Executive Minister
A Meditation for the Times:

My mother, who is currently under lockdown in a retirement village in Lima, Ohio, was a child of the depression and World War II.

One of the enduring memories I have was returning home as a young adult. During that time, I became aware of a pattern that occurred at the breakfast table. We were served grape juice, which was homemade and highly desired, but were only served half a glass. Coffee fell under the same ground rules—one-half cup.
Being an adult with an adult appetite, I asked mother why only half a cup. She responded simply. I want to make sure everyone has enough. There always was.

I remembered that memory this past week as I looked at our stock of groceries. We have plenty. However, every time I drive past a supermarket, this little voice whispers in my ear, “do you have enough”? There is an urge to stop and to buy much more to ensure that we are well stocked for whatever is to come. “I want to make sure everyone has enough. There always was.”

Matthew six says it like this, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28” And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Mt. 6:26-34, New International Version, Copyright 2011-2019 Biblica).

There is enough.

Blessings to all,

District Executive Minister
John Jantzi

Ways to care for each of our most vulnerable folk
  1. Create a list of folks with limited mobility and access. Make sure these lists contain primary ways of contacting the individuals. 
  2. Create a phone tree and card tree for folks who with limited access.
  3. Check with local government and law enforcement officials regarding neighborhood needs.
  4. Review deacon funds and outreach funds to ensure resources are available to those who may need assistance.
  5. Schedule pastors or deacon time when individuals can talk about specific areas of concern. This via phone or available means of communication.
  6. Activate and utilize prayer chains
  7. Other
Kevin Daggett and John Jantzi

Sabbath rest and self-care 
  1. Tune in to churches who are going on-line with their worship services.
  2. Read one of the gospels in one sitting.
  3. Have an extended time of prayer and praise.
  4. Have a family hymn sing around the piano.
  5. Find a quiet spot in nature and enjoy a time of praise and meditation.
  6. Cultivate spiritual practices that we may have been neglecting.
  7. Spend extra time praying for people to come to know Jesus.
  8. Spend extra time praying about whatever’s on your mind or just praising God.
  9. Spend extra time praying for your church, your family, and your government leaders.
Jan Orndorff and George Bowers

Ideas in Motion

Zoom call with video and audio-only capabilities
Zoom call, which has both video and audio-only capabilities. If you are a pastor and would like to connect with your colleagues in this manner, e-mail or call the District Office.

Live streaming/Facebook/YouTube
We ask congregations/leadership to send in their congregational links to on-line worship services. Please send them to John Jantzi at the District Office.

We will list those links in the following Daily Connections. If you or your congregation wishes to access a COB District worship service, you will have access. 

Online Giving Options
We ask those congregations who have on-line giving options to share that information with the District Office. We will then create a section of options for congregations who may be thinking about going this route.

Office of Ministry
The Office of Ministry is planning to offer a webinar for pastors next week focused on sharing innovative ideas among ourselves for planning for alternative worship services during Holy Week, for example, creative responses for Love Feast planning, etc.  Stay tuned for details.