Together we are facing the Coronavirus global crisis, and it’s causing anxiety, discomfort and fear. As a church, we’re working to address these feelings, and we’re continually adapting to the situation.
As always, we will make your health and well being a top priority, but we also want to remember the words in scripture:
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)
Even in difficult times, we can confidently trust God to work through us to use challenging situations for good. We can share the love of Jesus as he has called us to do.
Because passionate worship is one of our core values, we want you to know that starting this weekend, Good Shepherd will host online-only worship services until further notice. We want to be clear that no one can “cancel” church, because church is the people of God, engaged in the worship of God and sharing the word of God. Church can take many different forms, even digital experiences. We will provide direct links here and on social media, so you can have easy access to online church experiences.
In addition to modifying our worship approach, we are taking the following steps in regard to other groups and events meeting on campus: Events meeting any of the following criteria will be cancelled or postponed: large group gathering, group contains participants with health risks, non-ministry-related.
Small, ministry-related groups may still meet on our campus, at the discretion of the group leader or participants. We will continue to evaluate day by day.
Update 3/20/2020: In addition to modifying our worship approach, our building at 1310 Shepherd Drive is closed and all staff are working remotely in compliance with the guidelines from Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Please pray with us as we work together to live out the Good Shepherd vision: to reach and transform spiritually distracted people so we all love and serve God.
In grace and peace,
Mark Carlsson, Senior Pastor