This afternoon the President called for all gatherings of 10 people or more to stop for the next 15 days in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. I wanted to fill our church in on what our church will be doing.
We are canceling our Sunday gatherings for March 22nd and 29th. We will also be canceling our MidWeek gatherings during the next two weeks as well. Also, events such as The Marriage Event and the Vine Women's Event in Whitesburg will be rescheduled for a later date.
I do want to say however that we are not canceling Church. It is actually impossible to cancel church. Church is not a Sunday morning event any more than the church is a building. The People of God are the Church. Jesus said, “all the powers of hell will not conquer” the church (Matthew 16:18). If hell can not overcome the church, then you can’t cancel it.
Earlier today, our staff met. We all agreed that this is a moment for The Church to be positioned to love, serve, and pray in these days. I love the description of the early church in Acts 2:
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47
Notice that the church wasn’t The Church only on Sunday. They were The Church EVERY DAY! When the history books are written about the events of our day, and people ask, “Where was the church during the Coronavirus Pandemic?” Let it be said that we were loving our neighbors and we were praying.
Here Are a few things we will be doing:
- We will be live-streaming every Sunday morning. Hazard and Whitesburg will each have different livestream services that you can watch from our Facebook pages. Click here for Summit HAZARD. Click here for Summit WHITESBURG.
- We will also be putting out more content and Facebook live events throughout the week to encourage you.
- Every morning we will be texting out prayer prompts, verses, Etc. to guide you in prayer. If you would like to get this reminder every morning, text the word Remind to (606) 268-6860.
- We will be creating more groups to meet on Facebook throughout the week to see how we can pray for you, serve you, and help you any way we can.
- I want to encourage you, if possible, to use Online Giving. The church is here to serve! Ministry is not going to stop. Tim and I are going to be in weekly contact with city and county leaders, asking how we can help. Ministry requires resources. We are thinking of different ways to utilize our building to help our community. None of that can happen without your generosity. Click here to try online giving. You will need to select the campus , select Summit Community Church' for Hazard or select 'Summit Whitesburg' for Whitesburg. Consider setting up recurring giving so that your giving happens automatically to make it even easier.
- Make sure you are connected with us on Social Media (Summit Hazard Social Sites: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter. Student Ministry. Summit Whitesburg Social Sites: Facebook. Student Ministry). We will be sharing a lot of information about what is happening around our community to help keep you informed.
- We want to encourage you to sign up for and use RightNow Media. There are so many great resources on there! You can find studies on every book of the Bible, mental health, marriage, there is an AMAZING page of quality, safe shows for kids, and more. Click here to sign up to use it for free!
- If you have not downloaded our app, click here to download it for free. We will be doing a complete update very soon that will be filled with resources to help you in your spiritual formation.
Summit, these are unprecedented days for us. However, these are not unprecedented days for God. God is still faithful, good, and loves us. We can go to Him at all times for all things! And in His wisdom, He has put us here for such a time as this. I want to encourage our church to Pray for a cure/vaccine for COVID-19. Let’s stay flexible and patient in these days of change. Pray for our local and national leaders. Finally, let’s pray for genuine revival in our time.
God Bless You,
Here are a few prayer suggestions for you to guide you in prayer during this time.