It is times like this when we truly hold onto the promises of God’s Word. I wanted to start by reminding everyone of a few of those promises today.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
“The Lord is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
These aren’t just words on a page to those who follow Jesus. They are the anchor in which we hold during the uncertainty in life. We are most definitely in “uncertain” times right now. God’s promises are true, they are right; they have never been, nor ever will be, compromised. Be reminded today that God is STILL good.
We all have been inundated over the last few days with the current risks of Covid-19 (the Coronavirus) and how it is affecting our day to day lives. This has spilled over into our conversations of whether we gather as a church or not; and if so, how many at one time? We have taken precautions at nearly every step to try to ensure we are providing a safe place for our congregation of members and regular attenders not to mention all visitors attending. The determination has been made by our leadership to postpone all services, small groups, classes, and outside events here until further notice. Please know this was not an easy decision. Staff, volunteers, medical professionals, and our elders have all been praying about this. We have determined this is currently the best form of action to take for a few reasons.
- The overall safety of our people. While we do not know if anyone in our congregation has the virus, we do know that the Ohio Health Department has cited that there are potentially as many as 100,000 carriers right now. They may not be currently showing signs of sickness, but they can still be contagious. We have a large number of our congregation over 70 and they are much more susceptible to serious sickness if they catch the virus.
- Truly being a good neighbor. Part of being a Christ-follower is leading the way in difficult times. Christians should be setting an example. If not congregating in groups is best for our community as a whole, and time between large group gatherings can be part of the answer to stop the spread of the virus, then we should be willing to lead the way. Titus 2:7-8 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Let us lead the way with understanding, compassion, and share the difference in us with the world.
Now is the time for the church to shine. We have an opportunity to show the way to a world in need and to provide tangible practical ways to serve. Lifespring Christian Church is MORE than a building. We are a people of great faith. We are a people of true hope. We are a people with genuine love. It is time for us to step up and shine brighter than ever before and take that light and point folks to the one true hope. The hope we have in Jesus!
So, what will we do? We are meeting as a staff and volunteer groups to discuss creative ways to stay connected. We welcome your thoughts and ideas on how we can continue to be the church God calls us to be. We are available via email, or you can reach out to the church office and we will set up a time to connect with you.
What are we working on?
We are working on an online platform to watch our worship service. The plan is to have a small group of volunteers to lead us in music, communion, offering, and messages this Sunday and the Sundays to come.
We are setting up teams to help take care of those who might be shut in and can’t do the basic things like grocery shopping, running errands, and light repair work around their homes.
We are planning for online platforms to be updated daily. We will use them to take prayer requests, lead daily devotions, and be there to just connect with another person.
We are working on a dedicated phone line for prayer needs and pastoral emergencies.
What are we not doing?
Our Sunday services are canceled for the next few weeks but we are assessing this daily. If something were to change, we’d love to meet sooner!
We are canceling all outside groups from utilizing the building unless otherwise cleared by our staff. That means if your group was meeting at the church (small group, ministry group, etc.) you will need to connect with our team to have that cleared first.
Our Rooted session and Monday Night Motivators will be postponed to a later date.
As things change, we will update you as soon as possible. We will also be sending communications through our app, website, and email as often as we feel might be necessary. We will send you information from the Ohio Health Department, CDC, and other medical professionals that may be a good resource to you as we progress.
God is still God. He is still in control and we know we still have a mission to fulfill. We would ask that you pray for wisdom and safety for our staff and leaders as we will be serving those in need and prepping for the future needs of the church. We would ask that you continue to support the church financially. We would ask that you pray for those with deep spiritual and emotional needs, and that NO ONE falls away from Jesus during this time.
Personally, I want you to know how much I love and appreciate you all. I am honored to serve at Lifespring and I am honored to serve you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me and our wonderful staff as we are all prepared to love, honor and serve you as best we can through this time.
In order to stay connected to the ministry of our church don’t forget you can:
Continue to give to resource the ministry by giving online by clicking here – or mail in your check to 1373 W. Galbraith Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45231
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 513-522-7707 or email at email@example.com.