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Some (hopefully) helpful thoughts.

Dear Church Family,

We are in living in uncertain times, but we serve a God who is the author of certainty, is never surprised, and is always in control. We look to him during these times.

As Christians, we are called to seek the welfare of the places where God has placed us. Jeremiah 29:7 says, "Pursue the well-being of the city I have deported you to. Pray to the Lord on its behalf, for when it thrives, you will thrive." Just like the Israelites in exile were called to pursue the well-being of the city where they found themselves, we also are to seek the well-being of our community. And we are to pray that our community would thrive, because when our community thrives, we thrive.

This begs the question, then: How do we make sure our community can thrive during these times? One major way we can help our community thrive is by following sound, wise advice from medical and government authorities. The spread of this virus is happening quickly and rampantly, and we do not want to contribute to the spread of the virus. In light of guidance from our Governor and also from the CDC.gov as well as leaders at the Greenville Baptist Association, we have made the decision to cancel all services and gatherings at the church through at least Sunday, March 29, with a re-evaluation to take place the week of March 30. The only gathering that will go online is our Sunday morning gathering; all other gatherings are canceled and will not be held in person or online.

Here are a few items to keep in mind:

1. The Sunday morning sermon will be either broadcast live on Facebook Live at 10:30 am or recorded on Sunday morning and posted on the church website by 10:30 am. We will let you know which of these options we choose, once our media team has figured out the best option or if a combination of both will work.

2. We are not making this decision out of fear, but precaution. We want our community to thrive, which means we need to do our part to not spread the virus unknowingly.

3. Continue to tithe. This cannot be stressed enough. Our Kingdom work will continue. The best way to give during this time is online through our website. Here's a link: https://onrealm.org/StandingSprings/Give You can give a one-time gift or you can set up your tithe to draft out of your bank account each week without ever having to worry about it. This is the most efficient manner through which you can give to the church.

The next best way to tithe would be to mail your tithe to the church. Please do not bring your tithes up to the church. We want to minimize contact and people in the building during this time.

4. The staff will continue to work in a hybrid format through the next two weeks. Most work will be done at the office, some will be done at home. There will always be someone here during office hours, though, to answer phones, etc.

5. If you need ANYTHING during this time, do not hesitate to call the church office. We are the church and we have been commanded by God to care for one another always (especially during these times).

6. Check on each other. Try to remember if you haven't seen a particular person in awhile, and reach out to them. See if there is anything you can do to help them.

7. Show grace. Leaders are under a tremendous amount of pressure right now. Whatever decision they make will be liked by some and disliked by others; they will not be able to please everyone. Unfortunately, those who dislike something usually are louder than everyone else. Be sure to pray for your leaders and encourage them; their burden is heavy during these times.

8. Do not give in to a spirit of fear. Be wise. Be cautious. Be gracious. Be loving. Be joy-filled. Be prayerful. Be accommodating. Be servant-hearted.

We will get through this time by leaning on our great God for strength. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the week.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Jordan

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