April 4, 2020 Update
While there is still much that we do not know or understand about the COVID-19 virus, we do know that it can be spread very easily, and that it can make people very sick. Here in our country, we have more cases than any other country in the world, and it seems to be spreading at an alarming rate. While we have not all been quarantined to our homes, our leaders are asking us to practice social distancing, and to remember to wash our hands frequently and not touch our faces. This is still very fluid situation, and we will continue to evaluate things as they unfold. It’s important, as a church, that our response is not motivated by fear but by our trust in Christ, and undergirded by prayer. Fear is based on what we hear or feel, but our faith is based on what we know. We know that storms are inevitable in life and we are in the middle of a storm right now. But we also know the ONE who can calm the storms, and that He is with us.
In order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our area, all Sunday services and weekly gatherings have been cancelled at least through the month of April. These precautions are an important part of our God-honoring response to this virus. During this time, we encourage you to find ways to stay connected in non-physical ways.
Phil.4:6,7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
EXTRAORDINARY TIMES CALL FOR EXTRAORDINARY PRAYER
Our denominational leaders are calling for the churches in the Missionary Church to observe Good Friday, April 10, as a National Day of Fasting and Prayer.
This call is threefold in nature:
1) To plead to a merciful God to put an end to this pandemic. If there were ever a time when we need to embrace 2 Chronicles 7:14, it is now.
2) To call the church to a deeper level of intimacy with God and a greater sense of dependency. Prayer should always deepen our relationship with Him.
3) To pray for spiritual awakening in our churches, in the nation, and globally. Every great move of God has been preceded by extraordinary seasons of prayer. We could be on the verge of the greatest awakening in history.
Allow God’s Word to transform you. Combat the fear and panic of this world with the truth. When we speak God’s Word, His truth and power is released into our lives.
Connect with others.
We encourage you to call and text your church family, interact in positive ways on social media, as well as offer care, support, and encouragement to your family and friends in the Name of Christ.
Several have inquired about giving. The simplest way to give is to mail your checks to the church, at P.O.Box 460, Freeman, SD. We are grateful to all who have already done so.
During this month, we will continue to sharing updates on Facebook, on our website, and by text messaging.
God bless you.