DEAR FRIENDS, PRAISE THE LORD!!!
When the virus hit out land, we were very concerned that we stay connected as a church even though we couldn't meet. Consequently, we decided to send you a weekly update, called "New Life Connection", to bind us together while in seclusion. I trust that they have not bored you... but, have helped you to feel a part of "our family". Obviously, we are living in difficult days. Health conditions, grief, unemployment, public unrest, hatred, crazy weather, and the other issues of everyday life make living victoriously difficult. It even becomes more difficult when we can't meet for corporate worship. We miss worshipping our God with our family and friends...hence, live streaming. The next issue becomes having the wisdom to know what to do next. After seeking God's direction...this is our plan for worshipping at New Life. We are not stopping anyone from coming to worship the next three weeks. Last week we had a booming attendance of 23 worshippers. If you feel safe and comfortable, you will be welcomed. You may not be physically hugged...but, you will be hugged with our hearts. We are currently preparing our facility to make you feel at ease. We then are opening officially on Sunday, July 5th, at 10:00 A.M. for a "Welcome Back Patriotic Service". I pray that these next three weeks will even improve our health and spirits. I commend the Roman Catholic Church for opening last weekend. After all, we must live wisely but not be paralyzed with fear. At some point life must continue. Following the service, we will have refreshments outside so you can greet your friends...yes, even from a slight distance. This is our most wise approach... plan on coming with your masks. If you are not comfortable, we will still be lives treaming. Let's be very careful not to make any judgement calls on how people are handling this recovery period. The Lord will help us through this.
See you soon,
"I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!"
~ Psalm 66:17-20