Hello Southeast Family!
What amazing times we’re living in. I do not remember ever seeing anything like this! It is fascinating to watch the world respond to something that we do not completely understand. I have been praying for those who do not have the option of staying at home – doctors, nurses, first responders, grocery store employees, and so many more brave individuals. I am so thankful for the people who are working tirelessly to ensure our safety and well-being.
Please join me in praying for them.
For the next few weeks, Southeast Christian Church will be moving our services exclusively to our online venue. We will desperately miss seeing all your smiling faces, but we are not cancelling services. Fortunately, we have the technology to do this. Please make plans to join us online on Sunday mornings at 9 or 11 AM and on Easter Sunday at 8, 9:30, 11, or 12:30 PM.
For now, our Life Groups will be meeting virtually as well. The video conferencing website, zoom.com, has provided us a corporate account that our leaders can use to facilitate their groups. If you are a group leader and are interested in doing this, please contact Heather Norten. She will help you get everything set up for your group. As soon as it is safe for our people to be meeting again, we will.
Many people have been asking me how we should be responding to this situation. When fear surfaces, thoughts range from “run and hide” to “rise up and fight.” 2 Timothy 1:7 says “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” We need to respond with peace and patience as our community works through all of the things going on right now. Social Media is not our source for truth, God is. We must make sure that we don’t let fear and doubt creep into our hearts. May our church be prudent and responsible in whatever the future may bring us. My friend, Dr. David Osborn, sent me this quote written by Martin Luther while he was living through the Black Death plague. These wise words can help inform the way we approach things happening in our world right now:
“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God."
May the God of all comfort, comfort you, so that you may be a comfort to others.
One person at a time,
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