Hello Son Rise Church Family,
The decision has been made to temporarily suspend our Sunday Morning services. As of today, we’re only talking about this coming Sunday, March 15th. However, we will be reassessing on a week by week basis and communicating accordingly.
As COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has made its way into North America and more cases are popping up in North Carolina, our State Government has requested that we avoid the gathering of large groups as a way of slowing the otherwise rapid spread. This advice is reasonable and prudent. So, after consulting with wise counsel and spending some time in prayer and discussion, we feel this is a reasonable response. Moving forward, what does this mean for our church family?
BRING THE LIGHT! (also: Don’t panic.):
As the church, we are not the CDC or qualified to give medical advice. Instead, it is our goal to BRING THE LIGHT and lead people to hope and faith. 1 Timothy 1:17 reminds us, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” And Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34) This is a time to trust the goodness of God and find ways to bring his light.
WHAT ABOUT WORSHIP AND TEACHING?
We’re currently looking at creative ways we can use the blessings of technology to stay in touch, learn together, and unify around God and his word. Our current plan is to have time together this Sunday (and future weeks if necessary), through Facebook live. Our page is www.facebook.com/SonRiseOBX please plan to “attend’ by visiting that page at 10:30 am this Sunday! It’ll be fun times. We’re also looking into a study we can challenge ourselves to go through throughout the week. Please stay tuned for that info as it comes together.
“LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR”
The mission of the Church doesn’t slow down when the world around us is hurting, it ramps up! So, though it’s wise to take the precautions recommended by the powers that be, understand that we are called to do what we can care for those in need. Be intentional about how you’re taking care of those around you like elderly neighbors and families you know of with needs. If it comes to knowing people who are actually sick, find ways to provide for their needs. The months ahead may mean financial hardship for others that you could assist with or fear that you could speak hope into. Be the church in those moments. If you have ideas about that, please share so we can pass those ideas around to others in the church.
Of course, there is more that could be said but we wanted to keep this concise. In short, we want our message to be one of measured caution and compliance with the requests of our officials. In doing so, we are playing our part in being part of the solution. Additionally, we never want to lose sight of our number one mission, to Bring the Light of Jesus no matter what!
Feel free to share any thoughts, prayer requests, needs, or concerns with us! You can email me (Jason) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll share it with the rest of our leaders. To God be all the Glory.
With love from your Elders and Preacher,
Greg Broyles, Don Holden, Kurtis Kight, Glenn Styons, and Jason Woolard