March 16, 2020
Dear Northeast family,
We wanted to share the latest update with you as we continue to respond to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 in our region and our nation.
New Guidelines, Difficult Decision
Late yesterday the CDC released new recommendations to limit public gatherings to fewer than 50 people. Additionally, the President, along with his task force, issued a statement just hours ago calling for discretion in gatherings beyond 10 people.
Based on our desire to honor our governing authorities and love our neighbors well, and in light of these continuing developments from local officials and school districts, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all ministry gatherings until March 31st. Additional actions may be taken beyond that time as we continue to monitor the situation and seek the guidance of local officials and medical professionals.
Worship With Us Online
This weekend we will begin online-only broadcasts of our services. You can join us online at all of our usual service times (8, 9:30, & 11a) or replay the broadcast at the time most convenient for you. Here’s how to join us online:
- Visit us right here on our site and click on the “Watch Now” button in the banner, or
- Watch our services directly on our online platform by following this link.
We are already planning new enhancements to our online services to better connect with you as we worship together online. Additionally, our NextGen team (Kids and Students) is working on exciting new ways to come alongside of your family in worship and to stay connected with you and your students during this unique season.
Bible Studies, LifeGroups, Student Ministry, etc.
Again, in our effort to support national and local authorities we are suspending all ministry gatherings until March 31st. This includes week-day Bible studies and any student ministry activities happening on our campus.
We strongly advise LifeGroups to exercise caution in meeting during this time. Your individual LifeGroup leader will be receiving coaching from our Discipleship Team as to how your group can stay connected and stay on mission during this incredible season of ministry where we have new opportunities to love and serve our neighbors in tangible ways.
We are continuing to monitor this situation closely and we are actively looking to local officials and medical professionals for guidance on all of our ongoing events and activities. As things develop we will continue to communicate with you about any changes to ministry through all of our regular communication channels.
Here’s how you can ensure you that you stay in the loop on all of our ministry updates:
Let’s Stay ‘On Mission’
As we reflected in our weekend services, we have an incredible opportunity right now to live on mission for Jesus Christ and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those in need. How can you minister to your neighbors during this crisis? What tangible needs can you meet that may open the door of relationship to share the Gospel? Perhaps you could even invite them to join you for church in your living room as you stream our services?
Let’s be mindful that challenges like these are often opportunities for the Gospel… if we will seek to live on mission with and for Jesus Christ.
We’ll keep you updated as things progress. Please join us as we pray for our community and that God’s Kingdom would come and His will would be done.
Go and make disciples,