March 26, 2020
March 18, 2020
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Dear New Covenant Family,
I want to thank our staff and elders for their wise and proactive response to a situation that, for most of us, is unprecedented in our lifetimes. In the last seventy-two hours, federal, state, and local officials have issued public health statements urging practices aimed at reducing and halting the spread of the Coronavirus and protecting those in our community who are at most risk. As a church we want to be obedient to God’s Word which instructs us to be subject to the governing authorities. Most importantly, we want to be a people who love our neighbors. Right now is a unique moment for the church to display the hope we have in Christ to a world that is feeling vulnerable. Let’s fortify our hearts in the gospel so that we will be agents of God’s redeeming grace to our friends and neighbors.
Times like these can serve to elevate our appreciation for the rhythms of grace that sustain us week-by-week. It is more important than ever that we not neglect the practices of prayer, hearing the Word, encouraging one another, giving generously, and caring for those who are sick and afraid. Though we are not able to gather physically for worship tomorrow, today we will be recording a simple service of Scripture readings, prayer, and a sermon from me. This service will be posted online this evening so that you can gather in your homes tomorrow morning and worship remotely with our church family.
Our pastoral and staff teams will be meeting on Monday to prayerfully look over the church calendar and strategize how best to respond to the developing situation and the government’s recommendations. Please pray for wisdom. We will communicate with you further next week.
In the meantime, please join us online for prayer and worship on the Lord’s Day tomorrow. Please pray for the world, for our nation, and for our community, that the Lord will work through this pandemic to bring about a widespread turning toward him and outpouring of his mercy. Pray for our local and national leaders as they make decisions, and for healthcare providers that God would protect their health and give them resilience in this time of great need. And continue caring for one another. If you are ill or in need, or if you know anyone in our church family who is ill, we want to care for you. Please email Brandon Stern for pastoral care or Holly Leeper for prayer needs.
In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Jesus who loves us! We will never face a future in which Jesus is not there. God is always working for our good. This is a wonderful time for us to let the light of Christ shine through his church as we actively love our community and show courage and hope in the midst of adversity.
With love in Christ,
Pastor David Sunday
MARCH 12, 2020
The CDC and other organizations are recommending that groups of 250 or more suspend meeting, and we want to be proactive in the protection of our church community.
The elder leadership team has decided to cancel our worship services this Sunday, March 15 along with all other church activities through March 21. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated about next steps.
To some this may seem to be an extreme step, but approximately one-third of our congregation is in the high risk category. We want to be cautious as a demonstration of love to those around us who are most vulnerable.
Let’s all remember to pray for this situation and remember to trust our sovereign God through these days.