“Staying ‘As Is’ and Staying Connected”

Hello Church. Is it too much to say that this has been a challenging couple of months? No,
that’s probably the least we can say about it. There have been blessings during this time, yes!
But let’s not pretend – for many of us, staying at home has been difficult. For some, it has
meant loneliness, for others, it has meant financial distress. And for those who have been
blessed to continue with work, there may be added health concerns, and/or added hours that
feel exhausting. I continue to give thanks that no one from our church has contracted
coronavirus, though I have spoken with some of you about family and friends who have; I share
your concern and, in a few cases, grief.

Encouragement and News for Holy Week and Easter

In Jesus’ name, greetings.  Please keep reading to connect with various educational, worship, and prayer opportunities through Resurrection Sunday (Easter).

What a month it has been.  I don’t have to tell you that just about everything is different.  In some ways, the differences are, to say the least, bad: sickness and death from the coronavirus being the worst of it; layoffs and financial stressors being near the top of that list, too; all the way down to wondering if there will be toilet paper in the store the next time you go there.  In addition, some people are feeling the loneliness from the abrupt social isolation, especially those who live alone.  In other ways, the differences, at least for some, have been positive: less running around, more time with family, more opportunities to catch up with home projects and/or serving others; more time to read the Bible.  I’m wondering if I’m going to get sick of on-line meetings… but right now, I have to say, it’s good to see people without having to get in my car to get to those meetings.

Join us Sunday for On-line Worship and “Prayer Knot”

Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you safe and well, and that despite trouble all around, you are finding renewed connections with loved ones, and renewed faith in our Lord.  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear….” (Psalm 46:1-2)

Last Sunday, we were not able to meet in person for worship, but many of you were able to participate in a recorded service on-line.  I have appreciated the many positive comments and suggestions some of you have shared!  

This Sunday, March 29, we still will be on-line, but are planning to “livestream” the service at 8:45 am.  Go to www.facebook.com/maranadisciples, or https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsX58UdPPhOJcXrF5DjTplA.