This Sunday New Life will begin Phase 1 of our re-entry process. The church will offer a worship gathering at 9am and 11am. The space in the sanctuary will be limited to 25. We will also provide additional space in the fellowship hall for overflow. During this phase we will not staff the nursery with volunteers but the space is available for parents to tend the needs of their children. Here are some things that we encourage you to remember as we go through this phase:
Please note each person will need to evaluate their own health and feelings about their return to congregational gatherings. Your presence in the assembly is your own and final decision to be respected. If you feel you should remain at home there is no reason to feel that you will be judged having a lack of faith or commitment.
Hey guys, I have two important announcements concerning re-entry at New Life!
The elders have set May 24th as the official day to re-enter at New Life.
We will offer a 9am and 11am service with no more than 25 participants in the sanctuary and 20 participants in the fellowship hall as an overflow room. The fellowship hall will have lifestream available.
Please follow the 10 day prayer guide as we prepare to celebrate Christ together on May 24th.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We live in a day of much fear and anxiety. Perhaps your fear and anxiety has increased over the past few weeks because of COVID-19, but the reality is we have existed in this realm as Americans for many years. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, the most common mental illness in the U.S. are anxiety disorders, affecting nearly one in five adults every year. The New York Times cites that Americans are among the most anxious people in the world, causing us to spend over $2 billion on anti-anxiety medications every year.
Easter 2020 will definitely be a day to remember. This year was the first time in the history of our nation that the majority of churches were empty. This is a day that churches typically have their highest attendance. But because of COVID 19 the majority of church services were canceled. Thankfully we have several opportunities through technology to stay connected even in year with much confusion. As you may recall for the past two weeks we have been in the greatest material concerning the resurrection.
I am thankful for the resources we have to connect with people during this time of social distancing. I am encouraged to hear personal victories in your life through spiritual growth. I look forward to connect with many from the church family through zoom meetings and phone conversations. I also recognize that this season is teaching me to value the relationships and specifically the regular corporate meetings we often experience at New Life.
This is critical time to pray for our world and our church! As I think about the challenges of our day I want to call the church to a time of focused prayer. For the next two weeks (beginning on April 1st and ending on April 15th) I would like to invite you to pray as individuals and families twice a day (morning prayer and evening prayer) for our world and our church. As we pray together, remember these two passages.
Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
The Lord God is my strength,
And He has made my feet like hinds’ feet,
And makes me walk on my high places.
We continue to monitor the changing situation with regard to the COVID-19 (CoronaVirus). Under the direction of our government the elders have determined that it is unwise to meet in groups larger than 10 people.
Dear Church family,
Like many of you, the Harmon family has often found great comfort from the apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians when he wrote,
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
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