Thursday, March 26, 2020
Update from the Elders Regarding COVID-19
Dear Northside Family and Friends,
We hope that this update finds all of you well and safe at home. However, even as we write this, we know that some of you and your families have been affected by the Coronavirus. We are praying for all of you. We encourage you to pray for each other as well. We call you to trust the Lord as you walk forward in these uncertain times. As you look ahead, we want you to know what to expect in terms of church services and the modified nature of our ministries. We have touched on these subjects in the past (see previous updates), but the situation is so fluid that we have to take things day by day.
We will continue to use our web-based and social media platforms to provide digital content for your encouragement and discipleship. These live feeds and this content are no substitute to the physical gathering of God’s people. But we certainly believe that we can continue to use them to encourage and disciple one another during this time. We have been so encouraged by those of you that have joined our reading and study through the book of John on our Facebook group page. We were also very happy to see so many of you join the live stream of the worship service on Sunday, March 22nd. John, Nate, and Steve are going to continue to bring encouragement and preaching to you every Sunday in the weeks to come. You should plan on tuning in at 10:30 am on Sunday, March 29th and April 5th. You can view the live stream at our Facebook group page or on our website.
This leads us to the topic of when we expect to resume our Sunday morning and weekly gatherings. In short, we have adopted a “wait-and-see” stance. As you know, the State of Indiana is currently under a “stay-at-home” order mandated by Governor Holcomb. Because of this order, we are confident that we will not be able to meet before April 7th. Additionally, at this point, we understand that it is very unlikely that we will be able to gather on Easter morning (April 12th) to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. While we mourn the reality of not being able to gather together corporately, we are planning on bringing you an Easter morning service on the live stream.
We are first and foremost citizens of heaven, but we still live here on earth. As such, we urge all of you to demonstrate your love for your neighbors by abiding by the recommendations of local authorities. We encourage all of you to continue to monitor federal, state, and local authorities for updates regarding this developing situation (we advise consulting the CDC, Indiana State Board of Health, Governor Holcomb’s office, and Mayor Hogsett’s office).
We urge you to practice good hygiene and social distancing. Please monitor your health closely and self-isolate if you think you are either at risk of being exposed or suspect you have been exposed. We also encourage you to not be surprised as the number of confirmed cases and deaths continues to rise, both locally and nationwide. The authorities are warning that it will get worse before it gets better. Let us be citizens who “submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God.” (Romans 13:1)
We continue to encourage all of you to make a special effort to stay in contact with each other as you are able. Check in on each other. Call one another. Pray with one another. Drop food or supplies off to those who may need it. Be the body of Christ to each other.
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