Thursday, March 26, 2020 Update
Dear LBF Church Family,
We are so thankful to each of you for the ways you’ve shown gratitude, generosity, humility, and flexibility during this time of challenge and difficulty. As we all adjust to doing what it takes to continue to fulfill the mission of the church in our limited circumstance, please know that your church leadership loves you, is thankful for you, and is delighted in how you as a congregation are responding. Praise God!
We are going to continue to respond as a church leadership to what we know at any given time. We don’t know when certain restrictions will be loosened, so our current plan is to continue our online Sunday services at least through April 12. That means that, as of now, our plan for Easter is that we will still be doing the services online instead of in person. To say that this makes us sad is undoubtedly an understatement. We long to be back together soon. But, while we are sad, we are so thankful to have the technology that provides ways for us to be connected in ways that would have been impossible just 20 years ago. So we encourage you to continue to participate in the life of the church during this time as we finish up Lent and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus!
Speaking of Lent, some of you may be finding it challenging to continue in the commitments that you made for this Lenten season. Specifically, some of you are fasting from social media, and now wrestling with whether or not to keep that commitment. As you consider your options, here are some suggestions:
- Pray and ask God what he wants you to do. If you conclude that you must continue in your specific commitments, then do so. God will sustain you and guide you.
- Consider if there are ways to continue in the spirit of your commitments while also introducing some flexibility. Since we are connecting online and through social media, consider whether you could limit your social media use to a specific segment of time. Or maybe you might use social media on your computer but not your phone. The point is this: If you are fasting from social media so that you can be more connected with people, don’t cripple yourself from connections with people by staying away from the format that will allow you to be connected.
- Whatever your Lent commitments, reach out to one another during this time. Text, call, email, Skype, FaceTime, and do whatever else will help you stay connected. Especially reach out to people who might be more isolated and lonely during this time. And if you are more isolated and alone, reach out to others. Let’s practice love and humility as a church family.
Finally, keep your eyes open for more ways to connect. More and more LIFEgroups are meeting through ZOOM and Google Hangout. More and more ministries are finding ways to stay connected. We’re in this together, and even though it may feel like we are on pause, we’re here to serve you. Look for updates, and always feel free to reach out to any of the pastors or directors with ways we can help you – we are here for you!
We continue to pray for all of you, for our country, for our government, for those in the medical community, and for God’s work in us and through us as we walk through this season with courage and with hope.
Wenesday, March 18, 2020 Update
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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 Update
There is no arguing that the Coronavirus pandemic has changed the course of our lives for a season of time. I have never experienced anything like this in my lifetime. But I’m thankful for the actions our government has taken to minimize the spread of the virus. Not only am I grateful, but I want our church to be involved in helping to do all we can to reduce the spread of this virus.
With that in mind, last week we closed the church and went online with our services. By the comments I’ve received while many of you prefer being on campus and being with people, you were thankful for being able to worship at home. As you will see below, we are keeping this practice up for a few more weeks.
I also want to share with you about our financial status for a moment. It’s not surprising that our giving was down this past week. We receive about 50% of our giving from people online. The other 50% comes in on Sundays. Please do one of two things.
First, I want to ask those of you who give online to continue your online giving. And second, I would ask you to mail your check into our church as you continue to give or to consider participating with half of our church and start giving online.
Thank you for your part in supporting the ministry of LBF Church.
Our staff is still here working, and we are looking to continue to connect with you on Sunday and throughout the week via digital media. As you read the bullets points below, you will see how we are preparing to be supportive of parents with children and parents of Junior High and High Schoolers.
We are also brainstorming ways we can keep some of the important aspects of ministry to adults moving forward despite not being able to meet face to face. This will include reaching out to those who are sick and those who are aging who need help with daily needs. Our pastoral connection with you will also be evident through social media, podcasts, and emails. We desire to continue to be a spiritual encouragement to those of you who are part of the LBF Church family.
This is the place for you to find out the most current information about what is happening at LBF Church. I encourage you to check it out often to keep updated. We will post updates here as often as necessary. Here is the latest point of information regarding what is unfolding here at Life Bible Fellowship Church.
- We will continue online Worship Services through the rest of March, and then we assess the situation at that time. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to attend church on Sundays.
- Because the Federal government has now reduced the total number of people allowed to gather in a group to 10, we will cancel all Life Groups, Men’s Groups, Women’s Groups, Young adults group, College group, and CR until further notice.
- We will continue to encourage Divorce Care, Grief Share, and CR Step groups to meet.
- The Bible Doctrine group will continue through online meetings.
- We will provide weekly connection points for LIFEkids.
- LIFEKids will provide the weekly storytime through video and will also offer a worship video and small group information sheet via download.
- This can be used by parents in the home each week.
- It will help the children still receive what they would have received if they had attended on Sunday morning.
- Exit 83 will host a weekly YouTube Live event starting March 18 and continuing every Wednesday evening for Junior High and Senior High school students.
- Exit 83 will begin a Sunday YouTube live service for Junior High and High School students during the 9:25 am time slot.
- Through our Pastor of Care, we will be connecting with those who are aging and need help with daily needs.
- We will be available to pray for anyone and for their requests. To submit a prayer request, please use this email address email@example.com
Before I sign off from this update, I want to go back to the verse I’ve shared from the beginning.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”–Proverbs 3:5-6
May God continue to show you his care and presence in your life amidst all the changes you are dealing with. And may I challenge all of us to see this also as an opportunity to show and love and care to others as we walk in trust with God.
Friday, March 13, 2020 Update
LBF Church Family,
Just yesterday I sent out an email concerning the Coronavirus and the steps LBF Church is taking to ensure your safety. I said that we would continue to have our Sunday services. But when it comes to the Coronavirus things seem to be changing by the hour. Late yesterday afternoon I learned that our Governor came out and said we can’t hold gatherings with more than 250 people. So this Sunday at 8 a.m., 9:25 a.m., and 10:55 a.m. we will have our Sunday Worship Gatherings ONLINE ONLY via livestream and we REALLY hope you and your family will join us. It’s going to be a significant moment for us as a church and you won’t want to miss it. Again, we are not gathering in person this Sunday.
Our online services will be available starting at 8 a.m. on our YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to our channel to stay connected.
This decision is not based on panic or fear. It is based on the desire to honor a decision by our government. Also with the goal being to reduce the spread of the virus, we believe this a responsible decision. We will have people on our campus all Sunday morning. I know that some you are very concerned about all that is taking place with this Coronavirus and so we’ll be available to pray with you.
As of now, all of our other meetings and Bible studies will continue through the week. I want to remind all of us that during times like these we have a God who cares for us and who loves us. This is not a time for fear but of trust. We have a God who can be trusted. I love Proverbs 3:5 and 6 that says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Let us continue to walk in trust with God in these uncertain times knowing that he is trustworthy.
As things are so rapidly developing, we will be providing ongoing updates about our campus availability and programming as they happen. Keep an eye on our website and our social media platforms for news and updates.
Between now and this weekend, be sure to download the LBF Church App which is a great resource to take notes while you watch, catch up on past messages and give safely and easily! You can even set up recurring giving right in the app so that you can continue to support what God is doing here at Life Bible Fellowship Church!