May 20, 2020 Update on Church Gatherings

May 20, 2020

As I sit to write this message and prepare to record the phone call devotional I am reminded that “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (ESV). I also remind myself that God does not seek us to be discouraged and that “(He) will strengthen and hear you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10. I know and believe I serve a victorious God who gives each of us who believe in Jesus Christ a spirit of power to love and demonstrate self-control.
Our church family is yearning to get back to gathering in our sanctuary. However, LBC also wants to be careful and thoughtful. Our desire is to demonstrate self-control and the love of others who are vulnerable to the illness that has invaded our community. All of our actions are to demonstrate our faith and trust in God.
I just finished praying for the over 75 individuals on our prayer list. In particular I prayed today for the residents, staff, and families involved with the Manor Care facility in Jersey Shore. I pray for the healing, comfort, and peace of God to rest upon each of them. I pray for each of you to continue to stay safe and healthy during this time of activation for ministry and physical separation from each other.
After much prayer, the church boards have met the last three weeks evaluating the requests of our government, advice of health professionals, and other common sense reactions to the information we have been able to gather. The conclusion of those meetings was a unanimous recommendation and decision that the building should remain closed to in-person gatherings and rentals. For the next several weeks we will continue our church services with online Worship service, online Bible study, online Sunday School, and online group/board meetings. We will also continue to communicate with each family by phone, computer, and mail.
Keep living a life that is pleasing to the Lord! Praying for God’s strength to give you wisdom and courage. If you need anything please reach out to me or your Deacon. This situation will pass in God’s time and in a way that pleases the Lord. Keep moving forward and showing the Love of Christ in your life.
In Christ,

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