A Message from the Elders

John Filander offers this word of encouragement for you today:

Being Uncertain in Uncertain Times

After receiving our governor’s latest announcement, we all have another couple of weeks of “shelter at home” to deal with. Yay. I don’t know about you, but Deb and I are missing our church and our “church family.” Zoom, conference calls, FaceTime, etc. are all good, but they just do not fill the void of person to person contact, hugs, handshakes – all those things we are all accustomed to. The uncertainty of when or how any of this social contact resumes makes it even more unsettling. We wait for the news conferences to hear something positive from our leaders, but after they give the reports, it seems to be more of the same.

The one thing that we can be certain about is our relationship with our Father and Lord. Oswald Chambers says, “The nature of the spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty. When we have the right relationship with God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty, and expectancy. Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in – but you can be certain that He will come.”

The other thing that we can be certain of is that we will all be getting back together again someday as a church, with face to face small group studies, youth group, Kids on the Rock, Sunday School, and worship service. When and how all of this is going to happen is uncertain; but as elders, we certainly pray about and discuss this each and every week. We want to see you, and we miss you!

I am including some Scriptures that really speak to me about these times that we are going through:

Colossians 3:2 – “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

2 Corinthians 5:7 – “We live by faith, not by sight.”

Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”