Coronavirus Response

 

Dear Church Family,

As events continue to unfold around COVID-19, it is a reminder that we live in a fallen world.  It helps us remember that this world is not our home, and our true citizenship is in heaven.  While that gives us great comfort, it also reminds us that there are people in this world who are far from God. 

I hope you will listen to the sermon online this week, as we continue our journey through Colossians. I am excited to preach the text from Colossians 1. This week you can do more than listen—we have video of the sermon.  Please look for the sermon to be posted online by Sunday morning, MARCH 22.  A big THANK YOU to the dedicated technology team that has help make that improvement happen.  Our church is as big as the internet, and that is an exciting opportunity for us.  We continue to seek improvements and ways to use technology to help us worship and preach the good news of the gospel. We will keep you informed as to things we will be trying in the future to minister to our church family using methods available to us.

In the meantime, here are a few things we as a church family should be doing:

1. We can Pray–Please pray for our President, our nation’s leaders and our state and local governments who all have difficult decisions ahead of them. Pray also for doctors, medical personnel, first responders and researchers as they navigate this very fluid situation.

2. We can help our Community—We are working to find ways that our church family can help those who are most severely affected by this dangerous issue. Stay tuned to the website and our social media so you can see ways where you can help and serve in ways that are a blessing and not a danger to you or the people we’re trying to help. We are being both courageous and wise in our approach and the situation changes daily, so stay posted and stay ready to help.

3. We can Give–Let’s stay faithful in our giving. We need your tithes, gifts, and offerings to do the daily work of the church and to help our communities during this time of need. We still have to pay the bills and fulfill obligations. You may visit here to give online, or mail your gift to the church.

A.W Tozer once wrote, “.A frightened world needs a fearless church.”  This is our moment.  I am encouraged as I think this entire crisis could lead to an Awakening for Christ and His glorious Church. Let’s Live Jesus & Give Jesus like never before.

You are loved!

Kent
 
 

Shepherds’ Message

 
Dear Church Family,
 
These are difficult days.  We continue to monitor the events surrounding COVID-19.  It is our goal to keep the well-being of our church family, neighbors, and city in the forefront of the decisions we find ourselves facing.  We covet your prayers.
 
In Acts 8:2 Luke uses a word to describe what was happening to the church because of difficult times in Jerusalem.  He says they were “scattered.” The word “scattered” is the same word used by Jesus in Luke 8, the parable of the sower, to describe what happened to the seed the farmer sowed.  In the scattering is where the good news and expressions of the love of Jesus were being spread. 
 
We are “scattered” currently, in trying, but mighty ways.  These days provide opportunity for seed to be sown and the love of Jesus to be shown.  We were made for times as these.
 
Here are the latest updates, as of Tuesday, March 17: 
  • Church services will not be held at the building on Sunday, March 22 or March 29.  Decisions about future dates will be made as the situation continues to unfold.  We want to be good neighbors as we honor our government leaders and support the steps they are taking to battle this pandemic.  We see this not as a step of fear, but of faith.  We ask you to pray, along with us, that our witness will help advance The Kingdom and the spread of the gospel—which is always good news.
  • Fortunately, social distancing does not equate to spiritual distancing. As a portion of God’s people in North Raleigh, we want to encourage you to gather differently in the next two weeks.  Kent’s sermon from Colossians will be posted online (with more details coming on that later), and we ask that you have worship together with your family and share communion.
  • We will have a small group gathering at the church building on Wednesday evenings for Bible study.  There will be no ladies class. There will be no childcare, as we seek to abide by the guidelines issued to parents by Wake County Schools. 
  • Connect Groups and Discipleship Groups will meet at the discretion of the group leader(s).  We will follow establish CDC guidelines (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html), and ask that if anyone is feeling unwell, vulnerable, elderly, immunocompromised or anxious to please stay home. Also, if you live or work around those who are most at risk (elderly), please stay home.   
  • Stay prepared to mobilize in creative ways to live & give Jesus within and beyond our church family.  We are considering ways to best mobilize and respond to needs as we see them come available. Please contact your primary elder if you have a need, or know of a need that the church can help meet.
  • We will be using technology and social media to resource and encourage you in coming days.  Be sure to visit our Family News Facebook page and website.
  • Continue to give as you have been, and maybe a little more.  We are expecting needs to arise within our church family and in the community around us.  We also have obligations that must be met, even when we are scattered.  You may give online by visiting our website www.northraleighchurch.org and click the link at the bottom for online giving.  You may also mail your offering or drop it by the church office.  We do anticipate an opportunity in the future to help close any gap in our budget shortfall.
 
There is another powerful text that has the word “scatter”.  We hope this reading from Psalm 112 will give you great peace as we are sown. 

“Surely the righteous will never be shaken;
    they will be remembered forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
    their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;
    in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
    their righteousness endures forever;
    their horn will be lifted high in honor.”
Psalm 112: 6-9 (NIV)
 
You are loved!
The North Raleigh Church of Christ Shepherds
 
 
 
 

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