Here for you
Dear Church Family,
It was just two weeks ago that I wrote to tell you that the church would close due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At that time, we were told that by the end of March we would be able to resume normal activities. Well, here we are and we’re still not out of the woods; President Trump has just extended the social distancing guidelines to April 30, 2020. Not exactly the news we wanted to hear but given the nature of this virus, and its rapid spread throughout the country, we are all going to have to live with this new reality.
After consulting with the Leadership Council, it is with great sadness that I am writing to say the church will remained closed until this crisis is over. Hopefully, we will be able to get back to having worship services and resuming all other church activities by the first Sunday of May. It is very sad to think that we will not be holding services for Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Easter, but we believe this is best for the health and welfare of the congregation and the community.
In the meantime, friends, there are some things we can do to make sure we have a church to return to. First, and foremost, you can reach out to others in the congregation to give encouragement and maintain a sense of community. Most of you have church directories and/or have access to the church directory app on your phone. Your call or email will go a long way to encouraging your church family.
Secondly, you can tune into YouTube or the church Face Book page to hear daily devotions and Sunday Sermons. On YouTube search for “Lake Ozark CC” and you will find all these videos. If you hit the subscribe button, you will receive a notification of new videos. Hopefully, these will help you feel more connected and spiritually uplifted.
Third, you can help by sending in your tithes and offerings during this time so that when we do get back together, the church will be in good financial shape. The monthly expenses and obligations continue to come in, and I know you will want to continue your faithful stewardship and support. You can do that either by mailing in your check to the church office (see address below) or you can give online through the church website (www.lakeozarkdisciples.org).
Fourthly, you can pray. In the book of James we find this exhortation: “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5:16 ESV). Your prayers are vitally needed during this time.
Lastly, I want you to know that I am here for you. If you need me, please call. My prayers are with you.