Friday, March 27
Over the past few weeks, I've gotten in the habit of sending out e-mail updates on Fridays, so I think we will continue to do this for the foreseeable future. We may not be together, but we have plenty to celebrate as a church. We also have the inexhaustible goodness of Christ--to gaze upon, to consider, to worship--for refreshment and strengthening in this season. Take a minute and watch this video, and then jump over to social media to share with us some of the "wins" in your life and ministry this week:
One more thing: giving this past week was phenomenal. These are uncertain times, but you stepped up. Many of you have made the switch to online giving, which is fantastic. If you prefer to write a check, you can always mail it to our church office at 7711 Fegenbush Lane, Louisville, KY 40228. If you'd like to learn more about online giving, we recorded a short tutorial that walks through some basic steps. You can watch it here:
I love you and I can't wait to "see" you on Sunday morning at 10:30am for our livestream!
Monday, March 23
In response to the worldwide pandemic of (COVID-19) and in efforts to protect the health of our loved ones we are cancelling the “Art of Discipleship training” that was scheduled for April 24th-25th. You will be receiving a full refund of your registration fee back to the credit card that was used for payment. This is obviously an unfortunate turn of events for everyone in many sectors of life. We value this training so much and have seen God use it in tremendous ways. But we are trusting His lead. Our hope is that you will join us for the next time we gather for Art of Discipleship.
Friday, March 20
Monday, March 16
What a fantastic Sunday! I've been talking with our media guys, and the data from our streaming services shows that we had very strong "attendance." A bunch of people posted pictures worshiping in their family room. Families and some Community Groups had "watch parties" together. I am incredibly thankful for the good response from everyone yesterday!
It was unusual--I'll be the first to admit that preaching to (nearly) empty seats is not as easy, fun, or encouraging as having all your faces in the room. We're a family! In a culture where livestream and sermon podcasts are the norm, we'll all have to be careful that we don't get comfortable in the convenience of church-from-home. God calls us to be in community together. Having church online is like doing a family reunion over Skype-it's just not the same! But it's wonderful that we live in an age where we can connect in this way even in the midst of a pandemic.
Unfortunately, it appears that the disruption to life is not going away soon. Read on for some guidance for the next couple of weeks.
Sunday Morning Services
The next two Sundays, March 22 and 29, will be entirely online. As we did this week, we will have a full worship team, preaching, and prayer time. Some of you had hiccups with the livestream. You can imagine that livestream providers are scrambling right now as audiences have multiplied and churches have started livestreaming that didn't previously. We'll be working all this week to provide an excellent worship time.
Wednesday Night Activities
Wednesday Night Activities are canceled through Wednesday, April 1--which is Spring Break week.
Community Groups & Discipleship Groups
Right now, the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control recommends not meeting in large groups. It also recommends "social distancing." We would ask that you would use wisdom as you consider getting together in Community or Discipleship settings. We need to be sure to be loving and empathetic in the way we invite people to connect; if anyone doesn't feel safe or comfortable to meet, we shouldn't make them feel judged or shamed. There are many creative ways to connect with people including online Google Hangout and group video chats. We also want to make sure that the word of God and prayer is the focal point of gathering, even if just with one other family.
As of now, the church office will continue to be open for normal hours.
Look for communications from ministry leaders regarding specific events coming up in the next few weeks and check out the Events page. It will be VITAL that you watch your inbox, social media, and our website.
Friday, March 13
In light of the continued escalation of the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person worship services this Sunday, March 15. This is not a decision that we wanted to make; the gathering of the Body is so vital to our identity as believers. But as the situation has become a national emergency, we want to glorify Jesus and honor our fellow man--especially the elected leaders, public health officials, doctors, nurses, and first responders who are tasked with keeping us safe and healthy.
We invite you to worship with us from home on Sunday morning at 10:30am. We’ll livestream one service from Fegenbush Campus, continuing on in our sermon series in the book of Hebrews, “Greater.” I would highly encourage you to gather your family and participate in worship with us. The encouragement from Hebrews 11 is so timely: we can stand firm on the foundation of Christ when our world is in chaos.