All church services through April 5th have been cancelled due to Covid19 …
SO HOW CAN I GIVE MY TIME, TALENTS AND TREASURES DURING THIS TIME?
It’s been a while since we’ve had a real national crisis that affected everyone and it has caused people to stop and think about priorities. With the virus spreading it brings questions, conspiracy theories, fear, chaos, uncertainty and many other emotions. It seems that toilet paper and bleach have become the most important commodities in our small little bubbles of reality.
But I’d like us to remember as Christians what our priorities are and realize they don’t (or shouldn’t) change. First, “…God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” – 2 Tim. 1:7. Often times the Epistles we read in the Bible were written during times of great persecution where the mere suggestion of meeting could mean death. That emboldened many to share God’s Word and hope of Salvation and it never stopped the church from serving one another. Paul encouraged his readers and followers to continue to give to the church in Jerusalem because they had great need. Notice he never said to do these things only if we had enough toilet paper and bleach. 🙂
This is my sarcastic way of reminding ourselves as Christians that our ministry does not stop when crisis comes. Conversely, our responsibility as a church increases. Eph. 4:11-14, 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.
We have a great opportunity to serve the body of Christ and serve our community right now. Some of you have needs, and some of you have things, time and/or money to give to those who have needs.
During this time that we can’t all meet together, let’s remember to continue to read and study God’s Word. It is our life blood: “All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
Also, let’s remember to continue to pray and give thanks: 1 Thess. 5:16-18, 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
And, as you are already doing, let’s meet the needs of our members and our community. To that end we are working at setting up things like Zoom so small groups can continue. Please go to their website with the link provided and download Zoom and get yourself an account. Some groups are already using it to continue “meeting” together virtually. It’s free as long as you keep the group to 10 and the meeting to under 40 minutes. You can always reconnect and keep going. Otherwise, the paid plans expand the capabilities and are nominal in cost.
We are also looking at options for folks to be able to contribute financially to the ministries of the church via the web site.
Do you have a need? (Prayer, food, etc.) Let us know.
Do you have food or other supplies to give? Let us know.
If you would like to give, you can either mail a check to Whispering Pines Church (680 Brighton St, Grass Valley, CA 95945) or, we are setting up a way to do that online right now. Check back soon!
As always, be bold in the faith, pray hard, serve others, give abundantly and be blessed!
In His Service!