March 16, 2020
To the Asbury Church Family,
As you know, the situation surrounding the health concerns stemming from the coronavirus are changing almost hourly. Even since Sunday, there have been several changes regarding the recommended numbers to gather together as a group. As of 2:30pm today, President Trump has asked that there be no gatherings of over 10 persons. So, in light of all the changes since my last communication with you as the family of Asbury Church, I, in conjunction with the members of the Church Board, have made the difficult decision of closing the doors to all activities and gatherings for worship for the next eight weeks. This decision did not come about lightly, but in consultation with medical personnel and others in leadership, we feel it to be the best decision at this current time.
We will continue our worship via Livestream on Sunday mornings at 10am. We will also be communicating with you via email, the Asbury Church App, the Church website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). We will pay close attention to the needs of our elderly, the most vulnerable to this disease (or any other disease). Should you know of anyone in need of groceries, home supplies, medicine, etc., please let us know so we can help you (942-1491).
Again, if you need help regarding Livestream capabilities for worship, please let us know and we will help you out. Also, as it pertains to giving financially to support the church, you may do so electronically through direct deposit or through the Church App, the Website, or Text 2 Give. We are happy to help you get set up with this type of giving as well. Of course, you can always mail in your support. (Again, call the church at 942-1491 and we’ll be glad to help.
So, just to reiterate, no activities, events, or worship gatherings will be held for the next eight weeks. (That amount of time is not set in stone – hopefully we can return sooner). The staff will be at the Church during this time strategically planning for what the “new normal” will look like for Asbury Church. We will be communicating with you throughout each week via electronic means.
Although this is not what we desired, it is where we find ourselves. And at this time we choose to continue to be the church who trusts in the never failing promises of God. We will be intentional about new and creative ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus. And we will hold fast to our faith in Jesus, pointing those who are anxious and fearful to the One who calms the seas, the One who offers a peace that is beyond understanding, Jesus, the Christ.
There is much more to share, but for now, be in prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide us and be with us as we move through these uncharted waters. As James Merritt reminds us as Christians, we choose worship over worry, faith over fear, and peace over panic.
May the peace of Christ be with you all!