In light of the rapidly developing situation with COVID-19, the new coronavirus, we want to continue equipping families to serve the Lord, even as we attempt to slow the spread of the infection. In light of guidance from the President, the CDC and our Governor, we will not hold any events on campus for the remainder of March. As the situation continues to evolve, it is possible that we will also be closed in April as well. The Elders will make a determination for the future as more is learned. We will continue to put our services on line for Sunday Morning and I will be trying to do some different media streaming for Sunday Night and Wednesdays. Pastor Mike, Hartsel Jr and myself hope to be able to offer something that is creative and maybe interactive.
My plan is that services will be livestreamed or pre-recorded to be available at normal times (10:45 AM and 6:30 PM on Sundays, 6:30 PM on Wednesdays) on Facebook, and Youtube.
On a personal note,
I know that we have all been watching the developing situation with COVID-19, the new coronavirus, and wondering what will happen. Many of you have seen your children’s education, your job and even normal errands completely reshaped by the tiny virus sweeping the world. Unfortunately, EBC is not immune to these factors. In light of the President and Governor’s request that we avoid groups of ten people or more, we will be moving to exclusively online service opportunities at least through the end of the month of March.
Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to predict what will be necessary beyond that right now, but we are diligently following the news and medical recommendations and will do our best to serve the congregation and community as well as possible. We will continually send out Robo calls and do some Face Book posts to help keep you in the loop. We (The Elders) will be periodically checking up on you by phone to speak, share and pray for and with you. In the meantime, we are going to try to attempt some kind of livestream or at the least recording at our normal times (10:45 AM, 6:30 PM on Sundays and 6:30 PM on Wednesdays). Please be patient with us as we work out the bugs of this process.
We know that giving to God’s work is both a blessing and a command, but that some people’s employment will be affected by the virus, limiting their ability to contribute. That makes the cheerful generosity of those who can give even more important. You can mail your contributions and gifts (1275 Emerald Road, Paulding, OH 45879) or simply dropping a contribution off at the office, your generosity helps us continue to serve, both now and in the future.
If you are looking for concrete ways to help, call someone! Offer to pray with them on the phone and let me know if they have any concrete needs we can help with. Depending on your situation, consider picking up their medicine or their grocery pick-up order. As food and supplies become available, also think about picking up a little extra and donating it to the Caring Hands Food Pantry so that others who are need can still get supplies. The ways to help will certainly be changing in the days and weeks ahead, so stay in touch.
As families, please take this opportunity to sit down together and read and study God’s word together. Take the time to talk and listen to one another and also to pray not only in your family circle but also for the church in general and all of our families. If you are not using our church directory APP and need a copy of our directory please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you a hard copy. Pastor Mike can lead you through the download process and help you get the APP if you so desire.
Friends, there are many churches that will struggle to cope with these events, but the love and fellowship that makes EBC strong makes us uniquely suited to stay together, even when we cannot gather together. As the relationships between individual members deepen and grow, we will leave this crisis with our whole church stronger than ever.
In His Service,
Pastor Shaun Matako