What is next at LBC?

Dear LBC Family,

If you would have told me at the beginning of the year that we would be in quarantine for months, I would have been so anxious about the impact it would have on our Church. In the past, I have gotten nervous about snow days. This would have sounded like a nightmare. Questions would have flooded my mind. Will we be able to connect with people? Will people participate with an online service? Will we continue to help our community? You have answered those questions with a resounding “yes!”

We have averaged 85 screens participating in the services on Sunday, with more than one person watching per screen in many cases. We have continued to reach out in the community by providing supplies and technical assistance to our community, food for seniors and shut-ins, and support for the Keystone Babe Ruth program that provides two meals a day to members of our communities. God has been so good to us!

With the recent announcements by President Trump and the PA Governor’s Office, we are aware that there are a lot of questions about what we do moving forward. Let’s make sure we approach this subject with unity and grace. Some may be of the opinion that things should move faster, while others may believe that things should move slower. In order to answer some of these questions in the short term, I wanted to reach out to you.

Our church family wants to continue to be careful and thoughtful. The well-being and health of our members is our utmost priority. We especially want to love our kids, seniors, and others who may be vulnerable to illness. I have been in contact with medical professionals in our community and available to me through ABCOPAD and the ABC-USA staff. At this time we will continue the precautions that we have put in place through the month of May, at a minimum. Through the month of May, we will continue to hold online services only and restrict access to the buildings on our property. I will be working together with the church Boards to develop a plan for how church services will look once we are able to meet again. Be prepared for things to look different, and we thank you in advance for your understanding. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated as things progress.

In times like these, let’s remember again, Isaiah 41:10. “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and hear you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”

God is in control.

In Christ,
Pastor Chris

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