UPDATED March 19
The church is alive and well. The church has never been about a gathering place, but the people of God. In recent days I have heard so many stories of our church family being the church. Phone calls to say, 'how are you doing’. Encouraging text Messages and emails. Sunday school classes being held via FaceTime. Even some good nature ribbing. I have received phone calls about how to minister to our church family and to our community. Pastors calling pastors just to make sure everyone is doing ok.
This is no doubt a difficult time and there is not a guidebook to help us navigate the day to day decisions that must be made. The current recommendation is to avoid group gatherings of 10 or more. These recommendations are for the next two weeks. I am sure that in the days ahead we will receive new guidelines as more information is gathered.
In accordance with these guidelines we will cancel Services for March 22 and March 29. This cancelation will include all schedule church activities for these weeks.
In order to stay connected with our church family we have several online resources that we recommend. These resources will help us worship, give and fellowship. Corporate worship will be through the online stream found here The ministry of the church continues to our families and community, so giving can be accessed here . During this time, it is important to stay connected to one another. By downloading the SimpleChurchCRM app you will have access to phone numbers and addresses. You can even update your information, including your picture. Here is the Apple App and Here is the Android App.
During this unprecedented time if you need help, please reach out to the staff, deacons or church leaders. We are here to help.
Dear Church Family
Sunday March 15 public gathering has been canceled. Please join us for the live stream
We are continually monitoring the impact of the Corona Virus and what this means for the ministry of Concord. At the present time and with the current information we believe it is best to cancel all church activities and close the campus from Friday March 13 to Friday March 20. This includes Sunday Morning Worship March 15. We will be living streaming a service so please make plans to join us online Sunday at 11am.
We believe this is the best course of action to protect both our church families and our community. Even though we will be away from the building there are ways to continue to serve and worship. Find creative ways to stay connected to your Sunday school class and areas of ministry. Call shut-ins and widows. Have family devotions. In other words Be the Church.
To our senior adults, shut-ins and widows. Please take the recommendation of the CDC and do not get out unless absolutely necessary. There are deacons and individuals who are ready to help pickup groceries, medicine or other supplies. If you need help please let us know.
Confusion, fear and even panic have set in for many people. I want to offer some words of encouragement. Psalm 46:1-2 says, "1God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2Therefore we will not fear.” Here are a few quick points. First God is our refuge. We should run to him. He is the place to bring our fears. Second, God is capable of handling anything that comes into our lives. When we stop and look down through history this is not the first pandemic. This is not the first major event that God has guided mankind through. Third, He is present. He is always with us. He is with us in the middle of the chaotic times. God never leaves us. He never forsakes us. If all of this is true. If God is a refuge, if he is truly strong , if he is truly present, then we have nothing to fear.
If needs arise for you or your family please let us know. The Staff, Deacons and Leaders in our church are ready and willing to serve.