Dear St. Andrew’s,
It seems that all the world is keeping Lent with us these days as schools and business shut their doors. A few of you are working feverishly to protect our community. May God bless and protect you. For many others, the merry-go-round of busyness that we have been riding for a long time has come to a sudden stop, and we find ourselves dizzy and a bit disoriented as we step off. So much that we depend on seems vulnerable and uncertain. Thanks be to God that in him we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken!
We continue to explore new ways to worship and serve together during this season, and we want to encourage you in a few specific ways today:
While challenges abound, this season also brings fresh opportunities to grow in Christ. We invite you to consider the following questions and practices as you look for a new normal in the weeks ahead:
- Where are there new opportunities to abide in Christ during this season? How might he be your daily bread in the midst of isolation and worry?
- The Daily Office - Bible readings the church reads together each day. Consider reading a portion of these scriptures and praying morning, noon, and night.
- How is the Lord inviting you to invest in community? Where do you need the church? Where might the church need you?
- Virtual Prayer Cards - Prayers sent here will go to the prayer team and pastors. Please let us know how we can pray for you!
- Practical Needs- Has the current situation impacted you financially? Is childcare a major problem? Are you isolated and in need of practical assistance? Let us know!
- Serving - We are building a list of people interested in helping others in the body. Contacting us about this will not commit you to any specific action. It will put you on a list of people to contact when needs arise.
- Giving- We want to encourage the generosity that St. Andrew’s has always known. Giving is an integral part of our Sunday morning worship. While we will not be worshipping together, we want to encourage you to mail in your tithe to the church office or you can give online. Click here to sign-up, or contact Rick Adkins firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. If you are experiencing financial hardship during this time, please do not feel obligated to continue your pledge. We want to be here for you and seek to help in a tangible way during this season. If you find yourself experiencing a financial hardship, please let Dustin or Robert know so they can see how to assist you through our benevolence fund.
- How might Jesus love your neighbors through you in the days ahead?
- Are there vulnerable people in your circle that you can check on?
- Limiting contact with others and taking care to disinfect protects not only you, but the entire community by limiting the virus’ ability to propagate and spread. This will save lives and is certainly a part of loving our neighbors!
May the peace of Christ be with you!