The Church has left the building
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LRF Update 20-Mar-2020
Lewis River Fellowship will do our part to slow the transmission of COVID-19 in Woodland WA and greater Cowlitz County by suspending all in person church services and meetings until further notice. This decision is based on directives from local and federal health authorities as well as the Global Church of the Nazarene.
This does NOT mean that we are not “having church.” You may remember the children’s action poem where you make a church building with hands folded, pointers toward the sky, thumbs as doors and other fingers inside. The rhyme goes like this – “Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors and see all the people!” This implies the church is the building, but we all know in our heads this is not true. The building is simply the place where the church meets sometimes. The church is the finger-people inside!
This is going to be an opportunity for us to realize that the church is more than a building, more than services, more than meetings, more than programs. We are the living Body of Christ in this world. To this end, we will be organizing and communicating several ways to stay faithful and connected during this time. Some of us will be harder hit than others, so we want to check-in and help take care of each other. To our knowledge none of our congregation have contracted the virus, but we know some are suffering from job loss and other related issues. Please contact me or other church leaders if you have immediate needs.
You can keep updated on our website https://lewisriverfellowship.org, join our Lewis River Fellowship Facebook Messenger group or check out our Lewis River Fellowship Facebook page. We will also go old school and send USPS mailings, call each other on the phone and, as always, continue to pray for/with each other.
We are especially concerned about our most vulnerable members and have formed a group of people to reach out to our seniors for connection, support, prayer, help with groceries and meds, and other errands. Our children’s ministry is reaching out with resources for home devotions and activities and we will be arranging some livestream and podcast messages as the weeks go by.
Our goal on Easter is to have a virtual service and share communion together. We are mailing to your homes enough individual communion elements for your family. You will be invited to join as many as can as we take communion together by getting online or on the phone.
Stay tuned for updates. Spend time with family praying, reading, sharing and doing. Connect with each other and those around you. Meet your neighbors. Write some notes. Use this forced isolation during this Lenten season to reflect on Christ’s sacrifice and love for us. Look for God to show up in the disruption and the chaos and let Him renew and restore your soul.
“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.” John 13:34-35 CEB
May the grace and peace of Christ be with you all,
Pastor Mike Morgan