Loving our Neighbors

Email sent by Pastor Dean on Wednesday, March 18 2020 at 8:51AM
Hi Folks.
Greetings on a pleasant Wednesday morning.  What a joy it is to begin this day knowing we have a heavenly Father who knows our needs and is taking care of us.  (Matthew 6:25-34)
At our elders meeting last night we discussed at length how God would have us respond to the Covid-19 crisis.  We want to act in a way that is guided by Scripture, that respects government directives, and that demonstrates, faith, prudence, and love for our neighbors.  
We want to do our part to help limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus, while at the same time showing compassion for our neighbors as God gives us opportunity to do so.
Therefore, we have temporarily suspended worship services at Shoestring for at least the next four weeks.  The elders will continue to meet on a regular basis to reevaluate the situation.
Other meetings which are canceled or postponed are:
  • Wednesday men's Bible study
  • Thursday BSF
  • Assured Hospice follow-up meeting on Mar. 26
  • Home Groups
  • Men's Retreat
Here are some answers to questions you might have?
  1. What about Sunday mornings?
    We are encouraging our Shoestring family on Sunday mornings to watch the livestream broadcast of sermons by Alistair Begg.  (Click here to go to the website of Truth for Life.)  We will also post this link on our church website.
  2. How will we stay connected?
    The elders and deacons will work hard to stay in touch everyone in the Shoestring family to help with both spiritual and practical needs.  In addition, we encourage you to use our church prayer chain to make needs known, and to give the church body an opportunity to respond.
  3. How can I learn more about how to respond to the Covid-19 crisis a biblical perspective?
    I've attached several **resources that you'll find helpful.  I'll send you more later today.
Above all, let's keep in mind the admonition found in Hebrews 12:2-3. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
I'll write again soon.  Please don't hesitate to call me or one of the other elders if you have any questions.  God's peace be upon you all.
For Christ and his kingdom,
Pastor Dean
**Follow links below to read documents referenced in #3 above. You need Adobe Reader to view these documents.
Loving Our Neighbors amid a Pandemic, Olasky.pdf