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COVID AND CROSSWALK - THE LATEST!

Dear Crosswalkers,

There is a lot of controversy about when and how schools, businesses, churches, and other entities should reopen.

It is important to recognize that the church of Jesus has never been, and will never be, closed. The church has survived and thrived in a vast array of difficult and demanding circumstances over our 2,000-year history. We have endured much worse pandemics and plagues, as well as persecution, social and governmental oppression, the economic boycott of Christians, and wars of many and various kinds. With such a history the continued existence of the church is miraculous.

During the present pandemic we are open with online services and we continue to engage in ministries of connection and mercy. We have moved from physical and social worship to online social distancing worship, not out of fear, but out of love for each other and for our neighbors. Our policy is to prioritize the health of our congregation, as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus.

So when will we resume our in-person worship services? That is a matter of great prayer as we listen to our health officials and seek the Lord’s wisdom. To be sure, our worship service may look different once we resume public worship. We will keep you informed every step along the way.

Furthermore, we understand that once we do have public worship services again, many of us, especially those in high risk groups regarding COVID-19, may not be ready to return to our church campus. We respect each person to make their own choices regarding their health management. Therefore we are exploring ways to continue to offer our online worship services, even after the shelter in place orders are lifted.

It is vitally important, in our love for each other, that we respect our differences in this regard. The New Testament tells us very plainly that there are many things that are matters of personal opinion and preference:

Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters… Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification… Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.                        - Romans 14:1,19; 15:7 (NIV)

By the way, you are in for a special treat this weekend as we continue our series, GOD’S SPIRIT IN YOUR LIFE, with a special message by our teaching pastor Ed Taylor. His text is from Luke 3:21-12, Luke 4:1, and Luke 1:14; the message is entitled, “At the Jordan and Through the Wilderness.” Pastor Ed will show us how we’ve all been both at the Jordan and through the wilderness!

John Ortberg wrote this about our Lord’s words, “Abide in me” (John 15:4).

He didn’t say: abide in your fear about what might come next.

He didn’t say: abide in your inadequacy, or guilt, or failure, or weakness.

He didn’t say: abide in your resentment about how merely human authorities are handling this.

We all abide in something. For we have minds, and minds must think, and what we think about is what we abide in.

Abide means to dwell, to remain persistently, to linger unhurriedly. To shelter.

So as we continue to shelter in place, let us abide in Jesus, and remain persistently in the love he has for us.

Many blessings,

Pastor John  

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