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LCBC Update: Staying Connected in this Detour

Posted on March 24, 2020

COVID-19 Update: On-site gatherings and activities are suspended through March 31.

A Message from David Ashcraft


Dear LCBC Family and Friends,

So we’re two weeks into our “new normal” – two weeks into working from home – two weeks into having the kids around the house 24/7 – two weeks into cooking all our meals at home – two weeks of hearing nothing but doom and gloom from the TV and on the internet. So two weeks in – how are you doing?

If you’re like most, then you are feeling a little frazzled, a little tired of everyone being home, and maybe even a little fearful of what the future will hold.  

It’s in moments like these that it helps me to take a step back and refocus on the big picture. I can get so zeroed in on the details of what is happening around me that it’s easy to lose sight of what’s most important.  

And what is most important for me right now is to remember that God is still in control. COVID-19 has not been a surprise to God. God was not caught off guard.  

It’s in moments like this that it helps me to slow down and remember who God is – and to remember the promises that he makes to me – and to you. Promises like – 

“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

So during these uncertain times we’ve been challenging each other to lean in to our relationships – our relationships with God – our relationships with each other – and our relationships with others – or more specifically, with our neighbors.  

In spite of some technical difficulties with our online provider this past weekend, again between 15,000-20,000 of us leaned in to our relationship with God as we gathered together for church online. Be watching for some small tweaks and adjustments in the days ahead as we continue to figure out the best way to do Church Online.

But don’t just connect with God on the weekend. Connect with him daily – talk to him – listen to him by opening up and reading his words in your Bible. If you don’t know where to start reading – start reading in the book of John – or start reading in the book of Proverbs or Psalms.  

And keep connecting with one another. To find new ways that our church is helping you stay connected with others – go to LCBCchurch.com and join an Online Group – it may be the very link you need to keep you grounded! And keep in touch with us - our staff is available by phone or email – so drop us a line and let us know how you’re doing.  

And keep reaching out to your neighbors – be a good neighbor – if you see a need, meet a need. Who knows if your one small act of kindness might be the very thing that will pull your neighbor closer to God.

Finally, with Easter just around the corner, let me give you a quick heads up for Palm Sunday and Easter weekends.  

As we do every year, Palm Sunday weekend (April 4/5/6) we will be sharing Communion together. But this year we will be sharing Communion online – which means you’ll need to be prepared with your own bread and drink at home. You choose the bread and you choose the drink – the significance of Communion is not in the bread or the drink, but in the body and blood of Jesus that they represent.  

Then Easter weekend we’ll be adding a Friday evening gathering at 7:00pm. Plan now to join us and connect with God in a new way online. And while you’re at it – send a link to a friend or a family member so they too can join us online and experience the encouragement and the power of God in their lives – maybe for the very first time.

Remember, the Church is not a building – the Church is people – the Church is you and me. So in these unsettling days, let's lean in to one another and keep reminding ourselves that God is good – and that God is in control.

Please know that our entire team is praying for you – we are praying that God will strengthen you and “hold you up with his victorious right hand!”

See you this weekend – 

David

PS – As God is re-calibrating our world - be sure not to miss the small “God moments” – moments like a smile that shows up at just the right time or a rainbow after a storm! 

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