Last night, our Board met and discussed how we are going to meet and how we are going to communicate as a church through this Coronavirus pandemic. What we know is that School of the Osage is closing its schools through April 3rd and they plan to re-evaluate the situation at that time. At Faithbridge we are prepared to remain closed at least until April 3rd and we will also re-evaluate. We are also making preparations for what ministry looks like in the event that this new normal lasts significantly longer.
As we all adjust to these changes, please continue to join us for worship online through Facebook at 9:30 am on Sundays. You don’t have to have an account with Facebook to watch. Just go to www.facebook.com/forthelake and scroll down until you find the post about the livestream.
Also, for the time being (probably several weeks), we plan to send out a daily email with a devotional and updates/tips/ideas. Sometimes there will be a note or an update from me, but there will always be a devotional. I would like to open these daily devotionals up to be a community project. If you are inspired to share a word of comfort with your Faithbridge family, please submit a devotional that you’ve written and a relevant scripture passage to Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are some tips to help you ride out the virus and a devotional for the day. Please practice good hand hygiene, check on your neighbors, and continue to ask God to show you ways to bless the world even in such a time as this.
Updates & Tips
Want to avoid going to the grocery store? Here are some ideas…
Try ordering online and doing curbside pickup (typically free). Available at: Dierbergs, HyVee, Target, Walmart, and Woods
Or, get groceries delivered straight to your home (often a fee involved):
Dierbergs, HyVee, Target, Walmart*
*Note- Walmart delivers only non-grocery items.
“God is our refuge and
strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be
afraid when the world falls apart.”
I had some grocery shopping to do yesterday, so I went to HyVee. What struck me most wasn’t the bare spots in some of the shelves (and yes, they were out of ground beef), rather it was the look in people’s eyes. I got the feeling that almost everyone there (customers and staff) wanted to appear as if they weren’t panicking; however, there was a level of worry and anxiety in the building that you could almost taste. I think this is a pretty honest assessment of the emotions most of us have right now- we are worried and anxious, but we don’t want to be seen as panicking.
I love these verses from Psalm 46. These words are a reminder of who we are as children of God. They are almost creedal in a way- God IS our refuge, our strength, our help, and God IS always near. Also notice that the word “if” is never used. The Psalmist didn’t write, “That’s why we won’t be afraid IF…” No, the word there is “when.”
Jesus never promised to shield us from the wide array of possible bad things that could happen in life. Instead, God’s promise remains that when you find yourself in times of great trouble, God is with you. You are never alone. And when you feel like the world is falling apart, remember that the Creator of the universe is holding on to you (even you).
-Pastor Andy Blacksher