Greetings from Lockdown!
Dear Highland Ave Family,
I trust all of you are doing well. We are praying for good health and safety for each of you.
These are indeed unfamiliar days for us, and we are learning how to adapt to our new “normal.” Let me say that though the church campus is closed the church is not closed! Christ’s church is alive and well, because we have a Savior who was raised from the dead. We have the immediate and ongoing presence of God in the Holy Spirit. We are never alone, even in our times apart.
Let me tell you about the important things we are preparing:
1. Sunday morning worship service by livestream through Facebook live on the church Facebook site. You can access the livestream of the service on Sunday, March 22nd at 10:00 am through https://www.facebook.com/HighlandAveCommNazarene/
2. We are developing access to discipleship tools utilizing Google Hangouts. This will give us livestream Bible studies, Sunday School classes, youth and children activities. These will be up and running in the next week. Look to elites for more information.
3. We are developing a supply of recorded discipleship studies that can be used at any time. These will cover children, youth and adults.
4. While the church and preschool campus is closed, we will be performing deep cleaning and sanitizing of the facility. This will make us ready to return to meeting together when we are given the all clear.
Of course, I miss each and every one of you. It is not the same as greeting each other in person, and worshiping together in physical proximity. Jesus came as a man in order that we could see, touch, feel, and hear God. This gift allowed us to discover just how important it was for the church to gather corporately and regularly. Now, we are discovering that the Spirit is stretching our imaginations and our experiences into something new.
Please remember to continue your faithful giving to the church, so that we can continue our ministry to the world. Also, we will be contacting those who are 65 and older in our church by the end of the week. As we get requests for help and for supplies or food, we want to pass that on for all of us to participate.
This Sunday we will be looking at Ephesians 5:8-14. The message is entitled, Live as Children of Light. In this message the Apostle Paul challenges us to follow Christ in such a way that the world will see Christ in these dark days. We are indeed people of hope and light. The church must rise up and be awake in these times.
The separation that we are now experiencing gives us the great opportunity to deepen our prayer life and practices. Take the opportunity to call your friends and neighbors. Discover what is on their hearts and pray for those things. Discover how you and I can come alongside those in need. Beginning on Monday, I will be posting some devotional thoughts to our Facebook page. I hope they will be helpful to you.
With great love and many prayers,