Since Christ is our hope, our faith and our definite "Yes," I can wholeheartedly say that our church and its leadership desire to continue our focus over the several weeks on the following three areas:
- 1) FAMILIES--> It is incumbent upon us all to stay healthy and safe, and listen to the directives we are receiving from civic leaders and other leaders in our communities. The goal is to celebrate the image of God in one another and practice hand washing, social distancing and provide environments for people to remain well. As a result your deacons will be staying in touch with you, determining needs as they arise and providing spiritual support in the days ahead. Our goal is to remind you that you are thought of, cared for, and loved. That will always be a main priority at UBC!;
- 2) FINANCES--> We are still operating as a church, paying bills and meeting expenses as best we can; remember, 10% of the money we receive goes to assist local missions and missionaries! It is important for you to honor God with your giving and you can read more about how to give in another article contained within this newsletter. Thank you for giving to God's church and for sustaining its ministries through your faithful financial support; God bless you!;
- 3) FORMATION--> I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the Phone Tree Devotionals (PTDs) over these last two weeks; it is vital that we continue to be spiritually formed through the reading of God's scriptures and participate in corporate prayer. We are built up in the Lord when we learn about God through his Word--and God, in turn, provides us with "...Christ, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27)! I will continue to offer these phone tree devotionals as well as share some new ways that we can worship together through means of video streaming. By the time you receive this newsletter, you will have heard a phone tree about this new way for us to connect as the church, gathered to worship together in the weeks to come (remember, Holy Week is nearly upon us, April 5-12, so God is opening new avenues for creating community among our church family--amen!)
Friends, those three areas will be the focus of our church in the days ahead. We don't know how long we will away from one another physically during this unusual time in our history, but we must remember that we are connected, spiritually, through the Spirit of the living God who calls us children, for that is what we are--his children (1 John 3:1)! I am so proud of our ad hoc leadership team of Eddie (Properties), Dan (Safety), and John and Denise (Deacon Co-Chairs). Together as a team of five we will continue to meet via conference call every so often in order to talk about how best to serve God and one another at UBC in the coming days and weeks. We do know that while we are unsure about timing, and when all of this coronavirus will move behind us, we will trust in God day by day, listen to the voice of the Master, and remember the words of the sage writer of Proverbs: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight" (Prov. 3:5-6).