Pray. We do not know what the next days will bring, but our hope is in Jesus, and he will guide us.
May we be faithful and steadfast in our love and our hope.
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March 13, 2020
Dear St. Andrew’s family,
Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to your Session leadership and church staff. We have been monitoring the latest information regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) as the news has continued to evolve. Along with so many others, your staff and Session leadership have determined that we will suspend weekend worship service gatherings beginning with this weekend, March 14/15, and close the campus for all non-essential purposes and gatherings until further notice.
What this means for St. Andrew’s
The great news is that we are blessed with an established Online Campus that gives us the ability to stream worship services live on our website and Facebook Page, and allows us to worship together wherever we are. I invite you to join our Live Stream on Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on our website, sapres.org/live, or on our Facebook Page, facebook.com/sapres. We will have staff available during the Live Streams to say hello, to pray for and connect with you. If you are unfamiliar with accessing our Live Stream on the weekends, and need help doing so, email email@example.com.
In addition, we are working on ways to Live Stream and offer “on demand” ministry resources on our website (for example, midweek Bible studies, LABS classes and more, so stay tuned). Our preschool and parent child programs will be closed as of Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., March 17, until further notice, as we have been working together with other local preschools and the Newport Mesa School District. Our after school WATCH program is closed, as of today, until further notice.
I believe that these things are vital for us as we move forward during this season:
1. As a Neighborhood Church with Global Impact, how we live out our commitment to Jesus Christ during these days as we love and serve our families, each other and our neighbors, will demonstrate God’s consistent mercy and faithfulness. Therefore, this is an opportunity for us to look for ways to be the Church as we care for those around us.
2. Because there is a great deal of concern and fear of what will happen in the days ahead, I believe that we are called to prayerfully and deliberately make ourselves available to whatever the Lord desires of us. I am calling on our congregation, then, to a sacrificial generosity so that we may address two immediate needs: (1) to make sure our staff knows that they will be paid through this crisis without fear that they will be left behind as the weeks unfold, and (2) to be nimble and responsive to the needs of our community and mission partners. Hourly workers, the poor, the homeless, and many others are already feeling the effects of not having the resources to meet even their basic needs.
3. Lastly, we are going to be establishing a crisis response team to enable us – for those who are healthy and able – to serve congregational and local needs as they arise. For example, we will continue in our commitment to ministry partnerships, such as Project Hope Alliance, and make sure we maintain our important relationship to these vital ministries.
We want to hear from you. Are you in need of pastoral care, prayer or anything else at the moment? Would you like to learn about opportunities to serve during this time, or to join in prayer for others? Would you like to participate in sacrificial generosity to help further the work of our church during this crisis? Let us know by clicking on one of the sign up links.
If you have any questions, please contact the church (firstname.lastname@example.org) or give us a call (949.631.2880), as our staff will have access to their office phones during this time. We will keep the website updated as we are committed to being in regular communication with every person and family who calls St. Andrew’s home.
While this is not an easy decision, and many other local churches are having to make similar difficult decisions, we feel confident that this is an opportunity for the St. Andrew’s community to come together like never before, and to invite our neighbors to know, trust, love and follow Jesus Christ in this difficult time. Most of all, we also ask that you would join us in prayer during this time. Pray for those that are experiencing the effects of this virus, and for those working to minimize its impact. Pray for those serving the ill. And finally, be open to how God might be calling you to step up and help support the ministry and mission of our church during this time.