April 27, 2020
As a Session, we are making every effort to stay on top of all the information flowing from the civil government, denominational resources, legal counsel, and medical professionals who are providing recommendations to protect against the spread of the virus in our community. After much prayer and reflection, and after considering all of the information, we have temporarily suspended a gathered worship service within the church building on Sunday mornings. We will continue to review the latest conditions and recommendations, and plan on resuming normal Sunday morning services at church as soon as possible.
Online Pre-Recorded Service
For the month of May (2020) we will continue to offer an online pre-recorded service through YouTube. Pastor Kurt will be resuming his sermon series through Genesis. Links to the prerecorded service will be made available on the website and through Facebook posts, but the pre-recorded service will not be available for viewing until 9:30 AM on Sunday mornings.
General Cancellation Information
We have already cancelled all ministry and church based gatherings during the week. All of the various ministries of the church are cancelled until May 31. This includes Delta and youth group on Thursdays, women’s Wednesday Bible studies, OneMan men’s ministry on Saturday mornings, the fifth Sunday luncheon, and all other ministries that would normally meet during the week. All of our preschool classes, including Discovery classes, Kinderbridge classes, and Early Learning classes are cancelled for the rest of this school year. In addition, all events scheduled to meet in the church building have been cancelled until May 31. This includes private events scheduled by Peace Community Church members and outside groups such as Fit 4 Mom. The church building will be closed at all times except for staff, church officers, and essential personnel.
- As followers of Christ, we place our trust in the Lord for our safety and our health. He is fully in control and worthy of our trust. He calls us to pray instead of giving in to anxiety (Phil. 4:6-7). As the Psalmist says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.” (Ps. 46:2-3)
- It is appropriate for us to be concerned for the well-being of others in the body of Christ and the community, and to love our neighbors, whether local or worldwide. Compassionate concern should be a hallmark of believers.
- We are called to be good stewards of our health and of people God has placed in our local church family. We should always make every reasonable effort to protect and care for one another.
- If anyone has a genuine need for basic necessities, household essentials, or food, please contact your deacon and they will make every effort to ensure that your needs are met.
- If you would like to meet with an elder or deacon, please contact them and request a visit.
- Please consider mailing in your regular gifts, tithes, and offerings since you will not be attending a Sunday morning worship service. You may also use SimpleGive online by going to the “give” page on our website.
Finally, we ask that you join us in praying for those that are ill, and for those caring for them. Let us pray for our local and national leaders, those in the medical community, and those working on vaccines or other control measures, that they be guided by wisdom and true compassion for all. Let us seek to be a blessing to others in these times, and to demonstrate to all the hope and love of Jesus.
Please feel free to reach out to your elder with any questions or concerns.
In Service to our King,
Peace Community Church Session