Dear Church Family,
In this letter, I want to encourage you and update you on our church plans.
The COVIID-19 virus has greatly affected our society and our lives. Times like this may tempt us to fear, to be anxious, or to be insensitive to others. But how should we as Christians respond?
Let me encourage you to consider these four reminders as we walk through the next few weeks.
Remember: that your life is not your own. Romans 12:1 - “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice…”
As Christians, we remember God’s rich and great mercy. God’s mercy reminds us that the Lord directs all things in love, with wisdom, for our good—even sickness. Therefore, we entrust our lives to Him and to His care.
- Remember: to love one another. Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
As Christians, God calls us to love one another. Therefore, let’s love by being careful not to do anything that could cause a high-risk person to become infected. Also, let’s be sensitive to how we can serve others who are high-risk, sick, or just fearful about the entire situation.
- Remember: to rejoice, be patient, and pray. Romans 12:12 “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
As Christians, we respond differently to terror than those who have no hope.
- Instead of despair about the future, we rejoice in the hope that God has a plan and He cares.
- Instead of anxiety about trials, we endure the uncertainty with faith that God is working out His plans.
- Instead of fear, we pray that God will use this to proclaim Christ and bring Him glory.
- Remember: to listen to wisdom. Romans 12:16 Never be wise in your own sight.
As Christians, we listen to the wisdom of God’s Word, of God’s shepherds, and of God’s authorities who seek to protect us from physical harm (Romans 13). Please follow the wisdom of the CDC and your doctor.
- The CDC advises those who are a high-risk person to avoid contact with crowds. (High-risk persons are those over 60 years old or with health conditions or are immune-compromised).
- If you have any symptoms of sickness, please self-quarantine and check with your doctor for the latest instructions.
We are in the middle of a difficult time for our church and our country. I am regularly praying for each of you. In the midst of this uncertainty, let me encourage you with Romans 8:28-29: And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son…
These two verses give us three truths about God of which we can hold. Notice these truths:
- Truth #1 - God is Wise - “We know that God causes”
- Truth #2 - God is Sovereign - “God causes all things to work together” & “to his purpose”
- Truth #3 - God is Good - “for good” & “conformed to the image of His Son”
Another way to think about it is like this:
- God is Wise - He knows what is best for me.
- God is Sovereign - He is bringing about that which is best for me through His work around me.
- God is Good - His greatest work for me is the one He does in me.
I am so encouraged to hear how many of you are trusting in the Lord during this time. Let’s trust the Lord together and do good. May Christ use these events to change us to believe, think, serve, and live like Jesus Christ.
The Elders and I met and although we are very disappointed, as I know you are too, that we are not able to gather as a church family. We have decided to take this one week at a time. But here are our plans to keep connected.
- The Church facilities will be closed to the general public.
- Church events and groups have been canceled -- Truth Trackers, Sunday School Classes and Grandparents Classes.
- For your safety, we have decided NOT to gather as a church in our building.
- However, we WILL be live-streaming the service at 10:30 am as of right now.
- Live-stream will include: congregational songs, Scripture reading, prayer, and a sermon.
- Live-stream will be on our Facebook page or on our website at LighthouseBibleSimi.com. We will be emailing and texting the link out at 10:15 am.
Prayer and Bible Reading for the Lighthouse Family
- Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday at 7:00PM.
- We will gather over Zoom as a church to pray and read Scripture.
- We will email and text the link about 10 minutes before.
Connect with the Elders
- The Elders will be calling you this week to pray and connect with you.
- If you want to pray or connect with me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Food at Lighthouse
- We will still pass out food on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:30 am.
- All food is pre-bagged.
Worship through Giving
- You can still give your offerings to the Lord by giving online or on the app:
Again, if you have any needs, please let us know. Grace!
Pastor Ben Ice