March 26, 2020 Update
On Tuesday, March 24, Liberty County issued a “stay home, stay safe” policy that is in effect until April 3. Among other items, it states that “religious and worship services may only be provided off-site by video and teleconference.” In order to comply with the order, we are suspending the small group meetings that we held last Sunday morning. In addition, all other in-person activities at the church building remain canceled just as they have been since the week of March 15. We are hopeful that we can return to some sort of small group gatherings in the near future when the order is lifted.
In the meantime, we will have an online worship service this Sunday morning, March 29 at our normal assembly time of 10 am. There will be songs, prayers, an opportunity to take the Lord’s Supper, and a lesson from Bryant. You can watch that here or on our Facebook page. We encourage each of you to avail yourself of this opportunity and be virtually present at these meetings.
As far as particulars on administering these online activities:
- We have prepared bags of unleavened bread for your use during the Lord’s Supper. If you need one for you and your family, please come pick one up on Friday, March 27 between 8 am and 5 pm. If you cannot make it during that time and still need one, please contact the church office or Bryant directly.
- We ask that you purchase grape juice for the Supper yourself, as there is no reasonable way to distribute it.
- Though we cannot take it up in person during this service, we ask that you continue to make your regular contribution to support our ongoing work here. You can send a check to our mailing address; set aside your offering until such time as we can gather together again; or, easiest of all, utilize our online giving portal here on our website.
In closing, we continue to offer the reminders we have for several weeks now:
- Please let others know about our changes in schedule when you talk to your brothers and sisters. We try to get it out as best we can through a variety of delivery methods, but we know sometimes people still miss updates.
- Under the current order, you should not be getting out of the house except when necessary for food, medicine, essential jobs, etc. But we encourage you to continue to practice good hygiene and maintain social distancing when you are out.
- If you are in good health and not in the groups most at-risk to the virus, meaning the elderly and immunocompromised, look for opportunities to serve, just as we have here with the Food Bank. If you go to the grocery store, for instance, consider seeing if one of the members in those groups could use anything so they don’t have to get out. Remember that we are a family!
- If you need anything at all, please contact the church office either by phone or email, call Bryant directly, or give one of the elders a call. We know this is a time of stress and uncertainty. Whether it is to run some sort of errand for you because you are not able to get out, or just because you need prayers or someone to talk to, we want to serve you however we can.
- Continue to keep our church family, our community, our country, and, indeed, our world in your prayers. We worship a wise and benevolent Lord. Trust him.
Grace and peace,
for The Elders of Liberty Church of Christ