Most of us have been paying attention to the news as information about COVID-19 changes hour-to hour. This virus is aggressive. Our government leaders’ strong encouragement to social distancing/isolation feels extreme.
As people of faith… those words also describe our hope. Our aggressive hope is that this virus will be halted. We hold onto the strong hope that our sense of community with one another will be maintained, and restored. We trust in the extreme hope that God has not left us to fend off this virus alone.
Much of humanity has become focused inward: stockpiling supplies, making lists of all of the tv-shows we want to watch and books we want to read, making schedules for our kids so they don’t fall behind in their schoolwork, and focusing on how this virus is affecting us, as individuals. There is no shame in demonstrating concern for yourself and your family.
But this virus is affecting us as a global community. In the waters of baptism, we are claimed as children of God, as part of God’s whole family, which means we don’t live in this world separate from one another.
As we adjust our schedules in our ways, let’s also adjust our new schedules and join together in some time of deepening our faith and listening to how God is calling us to love and serve our neighbor.
For the foreseeable future our OPCC Board and Leadership has agreed to suspend our in-person communal gatherings, following the Executive Order of the KS Governor, and recommendation of the CDC. But we shall not despair, because for these coming weeks we will remain in contact, we will connect, and we will pause in the peace of God’s presence.
In the packet at the bottom of this blog you will find several things to guide you through these coming weeks:
- Everyone, regardless of age or family/household make-up are encouraged to use the Faith5 model (instructions provided) for connecting each day.
- There are devotional readings & activities prepared for the next 8 weeks for you to do with those in your home.
- If you live alone, we strongly encourage you to call a friend, call another church member, call someone; journal on your own, and/or with one another.
- The readings, activities, and webpages for the activities are grouped by week on the subsequent pages.
- Follow us on our website and our Facebook page.
- You DO NOT have to have a Facebook page in order to follow along, though in this time you may choose to explore this way of connecting with one another!
- Join us for these two different worship experiences on Sundays!
- Join us on Facebook at 10:30am. Follow the link and the video will start at 10:30
- Join us for a worship/meditation phone call at 2:00pm each Sunday.
- Call 1-888-788-0099 OR 1-877-853-5247 (both numbers work, & both are toll-free)
- When you call it will ask for the meeting ID, followed by the pound (#) sign.
- Meeting ID: 946 644 723 (The spaces in between numbers are only provided for ease of seeing, you can just type the numbers one after the other)
- If it asks you to enter a participant ID followed by the # - just press #. There is no participant ID, so just press # when listening to the prompts and it will put you into this phone worship experience.
- Join us on Wednesdays in Lent at 6:30pm on Facebook for a continuation of our Bread & Broth Series.
- Start some soup and join us from your dining room to continue The Faces of Jesus.
Above all, let us remember that we are not a people of fear, rather a people of hope! We find hope in connecting with one another no matter how we do it. Leaders from OPCC will soon be in touch about Covenant Groups, the church office phone will still be answered during regular business hours, you can still email your staff and always touch base on our website.
Click Here to Access the Pandemic Hope Devotional
If you would like a physical copy of this devotional mailed to you, please email Michelle.
God’s blessings and God’s peace until we meet in-person again.
Rev. Laura Ann Phillips,
and The Leadership of Overland Park Christian Church