I wanted to give you guys an update on our church services in this ever-changing situation that we’re in. I’m sure most of you have heard by now, the guidelines for how many people can meet together has just become smaller and smaller. At the beginning of the week it looked like the limit was fifty and the suggestion was 10, and then the next day at noon through a conference call with the governor, it was clarified that 10 was the limit now and not much of a suggestion. And that limit is at least for the next couple of weeks, and then they will reassess the situation.
That being said, concern for our congregation and to honor those authorities God has placed over us and that we are praying for (Rom. 13; Titus 3:1), we are going to be doing what a lot of churches are doing and closing the church doors Sunday morning and take more advantage of our online resources like many schools are doing. It’s not out of fear or faithlessness, but out of love for others and honoring the Word of God.
On Sunday morning we will have a partial Sunday service through Facebook live, starting at 11 am. I will give announcements and share the message and afterwards upload the video to the website. As always, I will make the sermon notes, bulletin and power point available online on our website as well at chadronberean.org. I apologize that we won’t be able to do the singing element of worship but it is actually a perfect time for our team to take a break and I mentioned last week, we have been having some serious technical difficulties with our sound booth computer and so we are going to be putting in a lot elbow grease into that the next couple weeks. This gives us time to do that. God is good working that out.
I know that there are a handful of people who want to do things a little house-church style, still singing together and praying together and watching the FB live stream together. I think that’s a great idea and I’m excited about that fellowship, however we won’t be organizing anything major and don’t recommend it for anyone whose health is compromised or getting up there in age. To any significant groups meeting I will try to have notes printed and ready for your group Sunday morning. Last Sunday we began a really exciting and new study in the gospel of Mark, studying what it is to be servants like the Savior. If you missed that introduction to Mark, be sure to catch up. This week we will be in Mark 1:1-8 studying the servant John the Baptist.
One of the things I’ve already had questions about is with the church offering. One way you can still worship God through your giving is by coming down to the church sometime throughout the week and dropping it off in an offering box that the Regiers are making, OR you can mail them directly to Lois Chizek.
Thank you so much church family for your support and understanding. As the board, we put a lot of thought and prayer into this ever-changing and unprecedented situation we’re in. Keep praying the Lord uses this to draw folks to a saving knowledge of Himself. I am hopeful He is using and will continue to use this for good and for His glory. I remind us of Psalm 62:8, “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before Him, for God is a refuge for us.”
Love you guys. Take care.