In light of recent government directives, we feel that we
have no choice, sadly, but to keep the church closed to large gatherings
through the end of April. That means we will not be able to celebrate Easter
Sunday, April 12, together. We will be continuing our virtual worship services,
and we are considering some creative streaming options as well.
Though we cannot gather at the church on April 12, we will
celebrate the resurrection, which is the foundation of our hope. The
resurrection of Jesus is the ultimate example of how our God brings blessing
from crisis, light from darkness – and life from death.
We believe that in “all things” God is at work to bring good
out of any situation, however stressful and dark. So, we are inviting all our
church members to contribute some short story of how you have found blessing in
this difficult time. How has God brought some surprising good to your
life, and your family?
One option is to just send us an email with a paragraph or
two – or, if you are tech savvy, make a short video (ask your grandchildren!).
We may not be able to use every one that is sent in, but we
think this could be a wonderful way of sharing encouraging stories, especially
during the Easter season, as we focus on God’s amazing power to overcome all
the powers of darkness.
But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be
made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from
us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven
to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…
So we do not lose heart… For this slight momentary affliction is
preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look
not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is
temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. (2 Cor. 4:7-9, 16-18)
Yours in Christ,
Pastors Joe and Janet