Letter to the Public
Acts 2:42-47 “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Bible-believing churches across the country (and likely the world) have been speaking with a loud collective voice about fear. By now, you should have read somewhere on social media or email or somewhere else that, as Christians, we should not give in to a spirit of fear. This is a biblical mandate: fear not. The best ways to counter fear and worry is through being in the Word daily, praying, and fasting.
Right now, this is an opportunity for the church—the Body of Christ—to be the shining light. We have a God-given responsibility to care for others in this time of global need. In the account above from the Book of Acts, we have a beautiful example of how the church should be looking inward as well as outward. We need to make sure that the members of the Body of Christ are cared for and we have families at LifePoint who are already on hard times.
Many of you have responded to the call and the church is being stocked up on canned goods, long-lasting foods like noodles, and some toiletries. If you have a little extra, please drop it off at the church because we are already helping families in need. In the past 48 hours, we have delivered food and toiletries to at least 5 families and we will continue to do this as time goes on. If you are in need, I plead with you to ask for what you need. We cannot guarantee that the church has what you need but we are keeping a list and will dispatch volunteers as we can. In order to keep things simple for the staff and pastors to coordinate please only email your needs and requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. I know there can be a temptation to call or text Pastor Nathan or other staff members but the best way for us to coordinate to help everyone is through this centralized email. Also, if you need someone to run to the pharmacy for you (or a neighbor) or if we can do simple & short errands please let us know! We’re reminded of what John says in 1 John 3:17
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” as Christians we WANT to serve others and give to others!!
Finally, isolation can be a detrimental situation and God did not call us to be alone. Be smart about gatherings, but don’t be afraid to gather as a small group for prayer, study, and encouragement. Make phone calls or FaceTime with people you know may be alone to keep them from feeling isolated. If you need prayer—for any reason—please let us know by emailing email@example.com so we can pray for you! If you have general questions about things happening at the church you can call us at (480) 888-1560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org but please know that we are taking things one day at a time just like everyone else!