NPC and COVID-19

    NPC and COVID-19

    These are unprecedented times. I can tell you that I have never led a church through such a time, but I am thankful it is not my church. Jesus is still Lord of the church. The Holy Spirit still leads us. Our God is still seated on the throne. Thanks be to God!

    I wish I had a crystal ball to tell you how long all our schedules will be disrupted, but I don’t. I urge you to use an abundance of over-precaution in all your choices. We must do our part to protect our hospitals and our medical workers. It is a small price to pay.

    With the recent call to avoid gatherings of 10 or more, Session has agreed that we suspend our Sunday morning services until further notice. This decision will be re-evaluated weekly. We have also suspended all other gatherings at the church. Staff will be working from home a bit more, though Isabel will still be in and I will be in at times.

    It is imperative that you reach out and let us know how you are doing and how we can pray for you. The Deacons will be ramping up phone contacts with all of you, so please take the calls and let us know how to pray for you. They will keep me apprised and I will make emergency visits only.

    We WILL broadcast our Sunday Morning Service at 10:30 each Sunday. A small team will gather at the church for this purpose. The broadcast will be available via Facebook Live. You do NOT need a Facebook account to view these. They are available to all. Go to our website – npcsarasota.com – click on the Facebook button on the right – it will take you to the page. Once there scroll down until you see the live broadcast.

    You can view this at any time. The broadcast will be available on that page during and AFTER the event. Again, you do not need an account to view the broadcasts.

    Monday through Friday at 10:00 am I will be holding a brief prayer service using Facebook Live as well. You can leave prayer requests in the comments. These will also be available during and after the event.

    We are not taking these measures out of fear - we take these measures out of love for you and for those around us.

    Please make an extra effort to call those in the church and check on them. I eagerly look forward to all of us being together again and lifting our voices in worship. That will be a treat!

    Thanks be to the Lord of the church!