The Lord has been merciful to let us resume next Sunday, even if it is under unique, truncated circumstances.  As I think about what we have been through these last few months and what’s ahead, a few thoughts come to mind:

Maybe we won’t take gathering together for granted…but will crave Sunday worship. 

Maybe we won’t be in such a rush to leave…but we will have one more conversation.

Maybe we won’t look to be served…but to serve and help those around us.

Maybe God will use this “exile-like” period to deepen our affection for Him and His people.

Here are a few additional adjustments to our calendar and upcoming ministries as a church.

Sundays

On June 7, we mostly spend the Sunday celebrating our return together. We will be studying Psalm 100 – a Psalm of Thanksgiving (seems appropriate for a Sunday like that.) Be sure to register if you haven’t already. And watch our June 7 Procedures video to know what to expect. (There will be no video for Wed, June 3 – as we will be making preparations for Sunday.)

After that, beginning on June 14, we will begin a new sermon series through the book of James. It will be entitled, “The Faith & Works of a Scattered Church.”

For those unable to attend, we will be posting those messages on our Youtube channel later each Sunday.

Summer

Along with the decision to reopen under Phase 1 guidelines on June 7, our elders have made a few other decisions about upcoming ministries and activities.

In short, all our normal summer activities have been canceled. That means there will be no mission trips, retreats, or Vacation Bible School this summer. We have waited to make this decision as late as possible, but it is the wisest choice given where we are. We look forward to next year’s trips and VBS being bigger and better than ever, Lord willing.

 

Future

Right now, it’s too early to tell about the fall and beyond. Our staff is setting our sights toward August and the months to follow. There are a lot of outstanding questions that are on our radar screen:

When can Sunday School classes resume in person?

What will future Koinonias look like?

Will the Fall Festival happen as usual?

I am already thinking about these questions and many more. It’s anyone’s guess at this point. Pray for wisdom as we make decisions and navigate this “exile-like” moment in our own day and time.

Thank you, church family, for all that you’ve done. And I look forward to seeing many of you on June 7.