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July 30, 2020 Announcement

 

Update from Pastor Joseph

 

Not that anyone is counting, but it has been twenty weeks and five days since our rhythm of meeting as a church was invaded by the unknown outcome of a virus that was beginning its spread across the world.  I was talking with someone the other day and I thought they had a great assessment of what I am currently feeling.  They said “At first, this whole thing was a welcomed break from what felt like the mundane rhythm of life.  Eventually it became annoying and a bit claustrophobic.  But now, it feels like a part of me is missing and all I want is to be whole again.”  This captures the emotions I struggle with inside myself.  I imagine that I am not the only one.

No one could have predicted what 2020 would bring us.  We all had great hopes!  Most pastors preached sermons in January about our hope for this upcoming year.  However, no one was tracking the series of chaotic events that was lurking around the corner.  We were all caught off guard.  The only one who was not surprised or taken back by 2020 is our God in Heaven.  He was not caught off guard by the Coronavirus and its origin, nor how fast it spread and the panic to follow.  He is not surprised by the hurricane now stalking us in the Atlantic (early for the season) threatening our State.  All of this brings me comfort.  Why? Because this is the God whom we serve.  We are not subject to the fear that exists on the TV.  We are not threatened by the political agendas weaving through every situation.  We are not bound or oppressed by the economy and markets.  All of these things are problems that raise our anxieties because we do not know all things.  The only thing that we can do is turn to Him and find comfort in His sovereignty.  We can seek His Will over getting caught up in the quarrels that are the priority of our culture.  We heed the command of Scripture “Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels.” (2 Timothy 2:23).  There is no fear from this world for those who are in Christ Jesus.  This is why I have a comfort in this time.  I know that though I feel that a part of me is missing and I long to be whole, my Lord God is fully in control.  When we join together again in person it will truly be a day to rejoice.  That is now the focus of my heart.  There is no anxiousness in the Lord, only rejoicing that He has a plan to bring us together to engage in sweet worship.

Throughout this Covid19 situation our culture has become enraged.  Division has become the norm and superficial lines have been drawn.  “Pick your side” seems to be the message of the day.  Society is now defined through chaos and the government is stretching for control.  Just as society does not dictate our anxiety, the government is not lord of the Church.  In many places our government has even overstepped its bounds to force restrictions on those who seek to Worship their Lord.  Our Lord is not threatened and does not answer to the demands of men.  We will love society regardless of the lines of divisions.  We will continue to respect and obey our government (as Scripture commands for the Glory of Christ) second to our respect and obedience to our Lord in Heaven.

Therefore, the Elders of SCC have been meeting weekly to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance on the future.  Our Elders continue to balance the priority of worship and proclamation of the Gospel along with the care and growth of our precious flock.  We (firsthand by a few of us) have experience the potency and even danger of the spread of this physical sickness.  We do not fear the feebleness of the body, but we treasure all life as purposefully given by our Creator.  Our true hope is to be back in person together very soon.  As we track the spread of the virus, even among the members of our congregation, and continue to pray, we are confident before the Lord of our decision to remain in our position of Gospel worship and ministry as a church digitally.  Our priority and focus is to move to in person services as soon and as safely as possible.  Our prayer is that this will be very soon as things seem to be improving among our sick congregants and local community.  Though conspiracies are possibly, and maybe even likely, woven throughout this entire pandemic, we will continue to be faithful to the Gospel and pursue our Lord in prayer for steps forward.

We are aware that it is a struggle to remain faithful to worshipping, teaching, and growing in the Lord during these times of being separated from your Christian family. Please understand that the Lord intends growth in all of us. The SCC Mission Statement, “Helping people take their next step in following Jesus”, is true whether we are meeting in person or not.

During this time, the Lord may be building a desire for you to dig deeper into Scripture. Choose to faithfully worship even though it’s different right now; log onto a digital Bible study even though you are sick of digital interaction. Our Elder and Staff team are going to labor over the next several weeks to make sure you have encouragement and Gospel teaching regularly available. Please remain engaged. Please pray with our Elder team for God’s continued lead and clarity through the fog of 2020.

 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

God Bless you and much love,

Pastor Joseph

July 3, 2020 Announcement

As numbers have been rising in our community and across the state, as a leadership team, we wanted to be prepared for the likelihood of someone in our church or on our staff showed symptoms of the virus. Out of an abundance of caution and to allow us to care for and love our church members, we will not be meeting in person for services at this time. We will be streaming our service on YouTube and Facebook at 10:00am. Please join us virtually and invite your family and friends to join us from home.

Additionally, the church offices will be closed  as we are working on getting the campus cleaned and sanitized. We also will be suspending all campus activities as we are in Phase One of our reopening plan, this includes SCC Kids and Ignition Student events and programming.

If you have any questions, please reach out to an Elder and they will be able to answer your questions.

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