Dear Church Family:
As you may have heard, Governor Reynolds has issued a proclamation prohibiting church gatherings (and other gatherings) of more than 10 people until March 31. We will be following that directive while also seeking ways of being the church – the body of Christ – even when we cannot meet together.
No gatherings of more than 10 people at Cornerstone (or anywhere) at least until March 31 and possibly beyond. That includes not only Sunday morning gatherings, but even Life Groups and other meetings of more than 10 people.
- We will continue to draw near to God in worship – but we will need to do so as family units in our homes. We will be posting our worship services online starting this Sunday. The service – with worship music and sermon (Pastor Mark and I each preaching 15-minute sermons from Hebrews 11) – will be recorded on Saturday (same service for both campuses). We will post links on our website on Saturday night so you can access the service. We encourage you to join the 10:00 FaceBook live watch party so that you can interact with others. There will also be another link for you to watch the service at your convenience anytime Sunday (or throughout the week) if you prefer that.
- We will continue to hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, but we will need to teach the Word in other ways. We are currently assessing ways to use Right Now media to form online ABFs.
- We will continue to consider how to stir up one another to love and good works. There will be MANY needs. Many people will be stressed and harmed economically, emotionally, relationally and in many other ways more by these unprecedented protective measures than by the disease itself. Look for opportunities to love one another and to love your neighbors. We ask life groups to look out for one another (without gathering in groups of more than 10 in person). Our congregational care and crisis care teams will need additional help. We will be forming new communities of care to meet the needs of our vulnerable members. Contact Pastor Steffan to offer your services.
- We will continue to encourage one another even when we cannot meet together. Keep in contact with one another. Pray for one another. Build one another up. When you know of a need, please share it with the pastoral staff or our care teams or our prayer chain. Consider using “Zoom” or other means for staying connected as small groups. And when we can meet together again, fellowship that we often take for granted – and sometimes neglect – will be all the sweeter.
- Some of you will want to continue to use the ROCK gym so your kids can get some exercise, or you may be part of a group (of 10 or less) that would want to use a room at church. Groups of 10 or less are welcome, but you must reserve gym space or a room by contacting Julie Tingle at the church office (285-8080).
- Please bring your own balls, toys, equipment. Kitchen will be locked. Barn room closed. Kids confined to gym only. Use ROCK door and bathrooms. Clean up after yourself. We will make available cleaning /disinfecting supplies for before and after use.
- We are in good financial shape as a church, but we anticipate lower giving in the coming weeks when we cannot meet together for worship. Please utilize online giving with Elexio or drop off or mail a check to the church. And please give both to the General fund and to the Deacon fund. We anticipate these virus-protection measures will cause significant economic hardship for some people who will need financial help.
- Do not hesitate to call on any of the pastors if you need prayer, encouragement, counseling, financial help, or any other assistance. The church office will be open normal hours (both campuses). Please call for an appointment to see a pastor.
- I will be at the church on Sunday mornings from 8:00 am to 12 noon to meet with anyone desiring prayer, pastoral care, counseling, encouragement. You may come as individuals or as a family unit. Please arrange a specific time with me so we don’t have several families coming at the same time. I want to offer in-person pastoral care as much as possible (assuming I stay healthy). (However, high risk persons should remember that any of us could be virus-carriers even when feeling fine or with minimal symptoms).
- Our need to connect with God and with one another does not lessen during a health crisis. If anything, it increases. Many of us will actually have more time to connect with God now with so many other activities being cancelled. It will be more difficult to connect with one another – but not impossible. Let us be diligent and creative in finding ways to connect with one another and care for one another even while practicing social distancing.
- Remember that God is always at work around us. Let us be watchful and ready so that we can join Him in His activity during these uncertain and trying days.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (Psalm 91)