How are you doing? Good? That expression has new meaning in 2020, with Coronavirus, economic depression, and unemployment rising. I pray you are all doing well. And if you aren't, then I pray God will help you in your time of need.
The church is doing well right now considering the situation during Phase 4 of the Illinois response to Coronavirus. We are back to having the three regular services on Sunday morning, however, they are not as well attended as before. That is understandable as some of you are compromised in your health and really need to stay away from group gatherings. That's okay. Don't feel you HAVE to come to church if you are worried, but do continue to worship with us at home using our online resources here or on cable tv.
People are bringing their children back to church now and that's good. We are still following the guidelines of social distancing when we worship. We sanitize the church twice a weekend. Nothing is gathered or touhed by mutiple hands. Masks are encouraged and required if you are going to get close to people outside of your houshold.
How are you doing? Good we hope. Good works, that it. While good works aren't considered for our salvation before God, they are the product of hearing and believing what God says. The word for today from Galatians 6 9 says, "Let us not grow eary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especailly to those who are of the household of faith."
We have rejoiced in seeing our members engage in good works during the crisis, in such acts as replacing the roof on a member family's home, delivering food to elder people, helping us with our video live streaming, and giving donations to the ministry of Immanuel.
A good work that will reap a harvest is our vacation Bible school which will be offered on video stream starting July 19. Packets are available with crafts and materials. Simply register with Andy Wendling, our Director of Youth and Family. Learning the Bible stories as a child has the power to shape a persons life, literally forever.
God bless all of you in these difficult times. Especially those who must be distanced from your church and loved ones.
Do good to everyone, everyone!