Dear Zion Community,
We are living in unprecedented times, during which our reality changes faster than perhaps we would like. Our new norm of "social distancing" is modifying the way we do pretty much everything. And yet, God's message is clear: "Be strong" (Joshua 1:9) and "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Psalm 46).
- Thanks to those of you who joined us for our first "official" Facebook Live worship service yesterday morning. It wasn't perfect, but we know that the Word was preached faithfully and the Spirit was present.
- If you missed it, it is available on our Facebook page or (for those not on Facebook) our website.
- Our plan is to stream a similar service on March 22nd and 29th. The PDFs of the services are and will be available here. You can view and/or print them for use.
- If you are a Facebook user and have not "liked" our page, please do so. This will ensure that the most recent posts are shared on your news feed.
- We are actively working to make online giving available to you. In the meantime, please do not abandon your individual patterns of giving. Whether you send it via USPS or bring a number of checks/envelopes when services resume on campus, we are counting on your giving to ensure that the lights stay on, the AC is running, and our responsibilities to staff, vendors, and the wider church are met.
- We are also working to make sure your spiritual needs are being met.
- If you attend the Sunday Morning Bible Study or have been attending the Wednesday Evening Book Study, please keep an eye on our blog. Pastor Potter will be updating this blog with content related to both groups.
- If you would like communion brought to you in your home, please contact Pastor Potter. This invitation goes for anyone, but especially for our older members and friends, for whom social distancing is a must.
Whatever changes or updates materialize in the next few weeks, we will make sure to post to our
. Please stay tuned for the most current information.
Just because we aren't meeting in person, it doesn't mean that we can't continue to build relationships and stay connected with one another. Pastor Potter has already called (or tried to call) those we know without access to e-mail or the internet. If he missed someone, please call and let him know.
Please also make an effort in these next few weeks to call/e-mail/text the people in your church "circle" or "tribe," as well as at least one person you always say you'll call, but never really call. (smile) Jesus promises to be where two or three are gathered, even over phone lines or group texts!
If you need anything, please do not hesitate to be in touch. Pastor Potter's cell phone is (954) 297-3665 and mine is (954) 913-2125. We are working remotely, but available for a chat, a prayer, or whatever you may need.
Finally, please be in prayer for this community, for our leaders, and for the whole world. We take courage and have faith because we know God's hand is leading and supporting us.
Peace and Blessings,
Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt