Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have shifted all our activity to the internet for the rest of March and April. This means no on-site/in-person worship services, prayer meetings, group meetings. This way we can lovingly do our part to stop the spread of the virus, while still maintaining the beautiful life of our church family. We'd love for you to jump in and get a taste of our vibrant, multicultural community as we trust, treasure, and follow Jesus together. We will continually monitor the situation and make adjustments as we go.
Join us at any or all of our weekly Online Connect Points:
- Sunday Worship Guide + Online Fellowship
- Wednesday Bible Study
- Saturday Morning Prayer
- Formation Groups (Mens + Womens)
Please visit our Online Connect Points page for more information.
Lastly, in the next few days, we'll announce a few tangible ways we will serve our city, as well as post a COVID-19 Resource page that will be of use to many. So stay tuned.
Grace and peace,
Pastor Eric and Pastor Brandon
Although we are experiencing a unique situation that can make us nervous due to many unknowns, I want to remind us that none of this is a surprise to our God. He is still in control. He is still powerful. He is still merciful. He is still gracious. He is still loving. God is still with us.
It is tempting to get swept up in fear when our eyes are primarily observing fear around us. I want to urge us to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus instead. The reign of fear is what the Enemy desires because it disrupts and takes us away from . . . love. So let us stay committed to loving God and one another, even in the midst of trouble. How can that be possible? Because for those of us in Christ, we are absolutely and eternally secure. So while we will not be foolishly reckless, let us wisely continue in sacrificial love for one another and reject fear that paralyzes and directs care only toward self. This is an important time for the Church to be the Church. Let’s show our city a better way.
A few guiding questions for you to consider and act on:
- Are you consuming too much fear-based interactions and messaging online? How might you limit that while spending more time resting and recreating as worship to God?
- Who are a few people/families from our church you can intentionally communicate with regularly during this time?
- How can you intentionally but sensitively engage with neighbors even during a time of social distancing and isolation?
- Who is vulnerable among your neighbors and how might you investigate if there’s a need you can meet?
Here are important local news you should know:
- All Maryland public schools will be closed Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27.
- William Wirt Middle School will provide free ‘grab and go’ lunches for students between 11a-1pm from March 16 through March 27.
- Public gatherings of 50 people or more in Maryland have been banned. The White House recommends no gatherings larger than 10.
- Bars, dine-in restaurants, movie theaters and gyms have been ordered to close.
- Utilities will not be allowed to cut off services, including phones, cable TV, gas or water.
- There will be no evictions during this time.
- Metro rail and bus services will be limited during this time.
Please read through the linked documents for important information.
- COVID-19 Fact Sheet
- COVID-19 Hotline Number Info
- COVID-19 Guide to Social Distancing
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19 Guide
Church, we will greatly miss gathering in person for the time being but we, God's people, are equipped, adaptable, strong, and united to get through this together. Remember our church value: Love gets uncomfortable! We are built for this. Love never fails.
Know that your pastors are praying for you and are here for you. Please do give us a call or text at anytime if you have any questions, concerns, prayer requests, or ideas!
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Eric So
Pastor Brandon Smith