Covid 19 Update from Pastor Lopez 3-17-20
Dear Resurrection Life Church Family,
We are living in not only perilous, challenging times, but exciting times as well. The opportunities to share our faith to a fearful world are right before us. We have the peace of God that passes all understanding, a living hope that anchors, and a faith that keeps us in every storm. We are going to be calm, confident, and courageous as people of God.
We have spent a lot of time in prayer and preparation for the upcoming weeks and days ahead. In light of the growing national crisis and precautions the CDC and other organizations are taking as it pertains to the spread of Coronavirus and in response to state and county oﬃcials that have mandated limited gathers, the leadership at Resurrection Life Church has decided to suspend all public activities and services until further notice. This includes but is not limited to; Life Group, Believers School of Excellence, Forge Men’s Ministry and Engage Women’s Ministry.
The office will remain open during the week for normal business hours, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 to 3:00. We will be available to minister to you and assist you to the best of our ability. We are going to keep you informed through email, website, social media, periodic pastoral videos and phone calls for ministry changes and general communication. The emergency prayer hotline is still active to address your prayer needs.
We will Live Stream our Sunday service for you to worship the Lord with us in the safety of your home. A skeleton crew will be working to provide you with a powerful time in the presence of the Lord through praise and worship and preaching the Word of God. This is a great opportunity to gather in your home with your family and worship together as you watch online. Our weekend service will air on Sunday at 10:00 and can be replayed any time after that. We will be sending you information regarding the ways that you can connect to that service.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet we are grateful that the Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you would sense God’s peace in the midst of these diﬃcult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our communities in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.
Please use these challenging times to press into God. This trial is an opportunity to deepen our faith and increase our witness. The Lord is our strength and power. Through Him we will overcome.
I want to exhort and encourage you to not be driven by fear or hysteria. We must beat the fear, even with our finances and not allow this to hinder the church. For many churches this season of trouble could not only hinder them but possibly even shut them down. If people get scared, self-quarantine and don’t give or tithe, there are many churches that won’t be able to make it even two or three weeks. The last thing we need is for people to stop giving or withhold the tithe risking their own protection and blessing and at the same time hindering the church’s eﬀorts to continue to be salt and light to those in need. Remember that you can continue to sow into the ministry by giving online, by mailing it in, or even stopping by the church to drop it oﬀ.
We are the Church! We’re not going into holes and hiding. We’re not going silent. We’re not going to disconnect and disassemble and we’re surely not going away! It’s a good day to be alive! We are going to preach the Word and live the life we are born to live; and we’re going to do it with boldness! It’s time for the church to lead with boldness and with clarity.
I am praying for each of you and over this entire pandemic. Jesus is still Lord, and He is still the cure and the Healer of all things for all people.
In His Grip Together!
2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and a seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Exodus 23:25 “And you shall serve the Lord your God, and He shall bless your bread, and your water; and will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
2 Timothy 1:7 “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
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