FROM THE PASTOR
While we will not be gathering in the same place for a while, our church remains determined to live “the greater way” as described by Jesus in the great commandments and the great commission:
Our church is as busy now as it ever has been — just in different ways. Staff ministers are continuing to provide pastoral care to members who are grieving, sick, hospitalized, or in crisis. Deacons are contacting church members and serving as intercessors between the members and the church. Members of our Homebound Visitation Team are staying connected to our homebound members and keeping them connected to the church. Members of the Senior Adult Ministry Council are contacting other senior adults to see if there is any way the church can support them. Members of the Prayer Team are communicating prayer requests and leading our congregation to pray for the needs of the church family. Small-group leaders are staying in touch with their Sunday School classes, discipleship and mission groups. Mission teams are finding creative ways to serve people in our communities by working with our mission partners. Committees are still doing the work of the church by Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms. Our office staff have done a tremendous job of keeping our church informed by newsletters, e-blasts, worship videos, and social media posts.
The church might not be gathering for a while, but we have not slowed down. We are still the church, and we are still determined to live “the greater way.” In fact, as individuals and families, some of us are realizing that this crisis has actually offered us new ways and new opportunities to live “the greater way.” Social distancing and isolation actually give us more time to be more intentional about loving God, spending time alone with God in Scripture reading, meditation, and prayer. In loving neighbors, we might have to be a bit more creative than usual. Even though we might not be able to be with our neighbors physically, we can still stay in touch with them and find ways to serve them while still taking necessary precautions. And making disciples might be as easy as inviting someone to your virtual Sunday School class, passing along a devotional, or sending a link to a worship video.
Gathered or scattered, we are still the body of Christ, and we are still determined to live
“the greater way.”
— Stephen Clyborne, Senior Pastor