Letter to the Church 3.20.20
 
 
Church Family,
As you know and the media is foreshadowing, the Coronavirus has had a major impact on our day-to-day activities and how we “do life” together. Last week, we chose as a church to meet together and had a great experience with those who were able to make it, while celebrating with others through our Facebook live stream.
On Wednesday, our Board of Governance and Staff meet to try to answer the question of how do we “Gather, Grow, and Go” when we can’t necessarily Gather together as a church family, Grow without our Sunday School option, and Go when we are social distancing. Added with the complexity of the limitation of the number of groups being reduced from the 250 people to 50 and now to 10 rather quickly.

Gather

In light of this, we are choosing to alter how we deliver worship and studying of God’s word. This Sunday, we are moving to online communication and will remain in that format for the next few weeks.

In terms of Sunday morning worship, the church will move to an online worship experience available at 10:15 am. We are providing three ways of viewing the message in an online format.

1. The praise service and message will be broadcasting on Facebook Sunday at 10:15 am, just as we have done in the past.

2. The praise service and message will be available on our website.

3. Finally, A link to the praise service and message will be sent out through email to viewed through YouTube.

If you are not able to access the internet or have the technology to do so, the office will be able to provide a DVD, CD, or written transcript of the message. Please contact the office in order to make those arrangements.

Grow

For March 22nd and March 29th, we will be providing bible study in a devotional format through email or through online groups through a teleconferencing technology (Zoom or Google Meets). This allows us to stay connected from our own homes and still participate in the studying of God’s word. We will provide this opportunity on Monday and Wednesday evening and Sunday morning at 9:00 am at 6:00 pm. (More information on how to connect with these opportunities will be provided in the near future)

On April 5th, we will re-examine the opportunity to meet in a smaller home group setting. These meetings will be held strategically throughout Pasadena and Deer Park. Times for meeting will be determined when this becomes a reality.

For those of you who are unable to meet or access technology, please contact the office in order for accommodations to be made.

Go

In order for us to be the hands and feet of Christ during this uncertain time, the church, you, need to be aware of the needs and where the Holy Spirit in the lives around you. Below are three ways that we can be actively “Going” as a church.

1. If you are a senior adult or in a manner of confinement and need assistance, please let the office know and we will do our best to help meet those needs.

2. As needs become more apparent, please keep in mind that the church will play a more active role as the on the ground response team. In order to facilitate the meeting of these potential needs, it is necessary to maintain our practice of tithing and providing for our specific CAAP designated fund. Please familiarize yourself with the online giving option or take steps in order to drop off or send in your offerings.

3. Finally, more than ever people are going to be more open to seeking truth and God’s word. We need to provide direction and hope in uncertain times. Please use this time to talk with neighbors, family members, and share with them the options to get connected to church.

We will also attempt to mail this communication out to those who are not connected electronically. If anyone knows of someone who would not be able to receive this message, please inform them of this communication or contact the church to make sure their names are on the mail out list.

Sincerely,

 
God’s Sovereignty

As fear and anxiety begin to set in, I want to remind everyone of God’s sovereignty and grace.  We have placed our faith in the one true God, the Alpha and the Omega. During turbulent times, we would be amiss not to turn our eyes to him and pray for wisdom, understanding, and peace.  Keep your eyes focused on the one who is eternal.  I am reminded of 1 Chronicles 29:11-12, “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” All that is in heaven and on earth is His.  He is the one who stands victorious in all things.  Everything belongs to Him and comes from Him.  His counsel stands eternal, and His purpose will be accomplished. Know that as a church family, we stand united and continue in prayer for those impacted during this time.  May God bring blessing to you.  
 
Sincerely,
 
Pastor Brian Hellard
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 3.15.20