Resumption of Sunday Evening Worship and Children’s Bible Classes
As part of returning to a pre-COVID meeting schedule, the elders have decided to resume Sunday evening worship services, starting October 11th at 5:00 PM. Initially this meeting will use an adult class format, similar to our current Wednesday evening service.
Beginning November 1st, we will resume our Sunday morning Bible classes for adults and children at 9:30 AM, followed by a worship service at 10:30 AM. Likewise, our Wednesday evening Bible classes for children will resume on November 4th at 7:30 PM.
We understand people have different views on COVID regarding risk of contagion, resuming normal activities, and concern for children. Therefore, we are implementing a number of mitigation measures to reduce the risk associated with the virus and provide a safe learning environment for the children. With social distancing, wearing of masks, and other mitigations, the elders believe moving toward more engagement is both reasonable and spiritually beneficial. Though we encourage everyone to participate in our Bible studies and worship, we acknowledge that each individual must make decisions for themselves and their families regarding potential health risks.
We continue to ask for your prayers and encouragement as we attempt to strike a balance between conforming to God’s will and acting with due concern for our neighbors. It is our desire to maintain humility and brotherly love as we work together through the challenges of returning to a new normal as God’s people.
Theme for 2020: “Christ in You, the Hope of glory”
As Paul writes to the Colossians, he seeks to reaffirm the all sufficiency of Christ against the backdrop of empty human speculations. Christians today need to have the same singular, exclusive relationship with Christ, but it comes from a true and complete commitment to Him. As our faith grows, and Christ grows within us, we also see our hope of glory grow and create strength and confidence in our future glory.
We need no doctrine but the pure gospel of Christ; we need no other savior than Christ; we must not add to or take away from the totality of who Christ is. Sermons throughout the year will highlight this theme: Christ in you, the Hope of Glory.