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Church Family Video Update 03-20-2020
CHURCH SCHEDULE UPDATE SUMMARY
As of 3/20/2020
Please read the April 6, 2020 update letter from Pastor Russell below.
We are continuing to suspend all church ministry events and worship services on our campus at least through April 30. That includes ministries during the week (with the exceptions noted below) and all evening activities as well.
- Live stream will be available at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM
- Online giving will be available
WEEKLY DAY/EVENING ACTIVITIES
We are suspending all church ministry activities during the week, including all evening activities until further notice. Includes Wednesday evenings.
Monday—Thursday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Based on the recommendation of the Florida Department of Education, Southwest Florida Christian Academy will extend its closure until May 1, 2020. Our teachers and staff will continue to provide a high-quality Christian education virtually until that time. CLICK HERE to visit SFCA.
MELA and THE LEARNING COVE
Normal class schedule this week.
Greetings, Church Family
Last Thursday evening, the Elder Body met, and we’ve reached the conclusion that it’s best for our church to continue suspending our regular on-campus ministry events and worship services for at least the remainder of the month of April. We will continue to maintain office hours for our staff Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Both the McGregor Early Learning Academy and The Learning Cove will continue to be open, while SFCA is continuing to provide a robust online education for its students. All of this is in line with both national and state guidance.
Meanwhile, we’ve undertaken two new ministry initiatives.
Loving Lee is a food drive that our church is doing during the month of April to collect non-perishable food items and personal care items in an effort to bless the families that are in need in Lee County. To comply with social distancing guidelines, we have actually ceased the distribution that normally happens in our Food Pantry near downtown, so now we are mobilizing all our church family to be a blessing by meeting some tangible needs in Jesus’ name. I would encourage you to participate as you are able. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Bless Every Home now has more than 1600 households being covered by the prayers from our church members for their own neighbors that live close by. This is a great way for us to intentionally pray for and engage our neighbors during this difficult season. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Also, if you are able to donate blood on Wednesday, 4/8/20, please call our main church number at 239-936-1754. The Lee Health Bloodmobile, which will be on campus this Wednesday, requires sign up in advance in order for you to donate. The need is very great! If you are healthy and able to participate, please consider doing so.
My brothers and sisters, the Lord continues to show His faithfulness during these days. Ministry is ongoing. The love of Jesus for His people and through His people has not diminished! I know that the pain of this pandemic and its effects are widespread and deep, but this is also a Gospel opportunity. 1 Peter 3:15 says we should live “always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
Please know that you are loved and prayed for, and may we all look forward to celebrating the resurrected Christ on Easter Sunday morning.
By Grace in the Storm,
Dear Church Family,
Monday evening, I wrote to you about what was then a two-week plan for the Worship Gatherings at McGregor. However, I also said that things were subject to change without notice.
In the last two days, governmental leaders have restated and amplified their guidance. The Lee County School Board has made important decisions regarding schools. Even more churches in our community have announced that they won’t be assembling.
The Elders met again tonight. In that meeting, after painful discussion and heartfelt prayer, we reached the following conclusion: We are suspending all Sunday Morning activities on the McGregor Campus, along with the other weekday and weeknight activities that we already suspended.
We don’t know how long this suspension will last, and to a man we are greatly burdened by this decision.
We’ll be webcasting a service, yet to be planned, at the usual 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00 AM on Sunday mornings for the foreseeable future.
As a counselor, and a brother who loves you, please give me the freedom to encourage you with this: We were not extraordinarily brave before, and we’re not cowardly now. In the other direction, we were not foolish before, and we’re not suddenly wise now. We are just shepherds, seeking to love and lead this church well, while following the guidance of the Lord and His Word. I quoted from Hebrews 10 on Monday night, and while neglecting to assemble is discouraged, we are also directed to submit to the worldly authorities God has placed over us (Romans 13:1-2), and to love our neighbors (Matthew 22:39 and others).
There are other details I look forward to sharing with you soon, so I’ve asked our Media and Communications teams to be ready to work with me tomorrow as I shoot and post a video talking about some additional matters. The Elders will also be sending a letter out to the membership of our church with more details. But for tonight, I wanted you know of this important decision.
Jesus loves us. Jesus has us in His sovereign hand.