Church update on COVID19
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Hello EFA family!
I want to thank all of you who have been praying as this crisis that has hit our land. It is a challenging time for us all, but as believers, we continue to place our hope in the name of Jesus! As I preached this past Sunday, we can choose to walk in victory because it’s Jesus who gives us a “spirit of power, love, and a sound mind” instead of a “spirit of fear” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Romans 13 is very clear about a Christian’s response to the government in our land. While the government has not placed a complete restriction on the gathering of the church, there is a strong recommendation and encouragement from the president, our governor, and the local authorities to limit corporate gatherings. The president, at the recommendation of the CDC, has encouraged organizations to limit gatherings to 10 or less people in a room. Obviously, this creates a problem for churches. I have a heart to worship the Lord together with our church family, but I also recognize the principle of honor that the Word gives us, and choose to walk within His blessing that comes by honoring our government’s leaders.
I love that our church family has such a desire to gather together to worship our King! Our church staff is doing their best to utilize technology and other creative means to remain connected to you and our community. For our near future, we have decided to move our church meetings to an online source through April 5th. Live services will be posted on social networks such as Facebook, and we will also post to our regular YouTube channel. We will address meetings beyond April 5th as we continue. This affects not only Sunday services, but also all Connect Groups. We are also investigating different methods to host our Connect Groups online. We’ll send out emails and texts to those who are involved in these groups.
This also affects events such as our annual Easter Egg Hunt. Flatwoods Park has closed temporarily, so we have decided to cancel this event which could host 300 or more people, too.
For years, we have had a very smooth online giving system, and while we are not having services, the church as an organization still will function to share the Gospel, care for people, and meet needs locally and around the world. You can utilize our online giving system by visiting ellettsvillefirst.org and clicking “Give” at the top of the page, or by downloading the Tithely app on your smartphone and searching for Ellettsville First Assembly. If you choose not to give online, you can also mail in your regular tithe and offering.
As we all make the best of this difficult season, make the family altar a top priority! Your family needs to sense the presence of the Lord daily! Maybe this could be the start of a wave of family devotions across our world! Reach out to your own family, friends, and neighbors! Hopefully, we can all join back together on Easter Sunday for a wonderful family reunion to celebrate our Risen Savior! What an awesome day that will be!
If anyone needs anything, please don’t hesitate calling the church office or contacting a pastor through private message on Facebook. We will do our best to assist you in anyway we can.
Thanks so much for your understanding and your commitment to meeting together in this online way. Methods change, but the message never will!
Preparing for the future,
Pastor Ronnie Hinson