Sharing With Steve
What a time to be alive. I am not sure what to share this month since I am sharing a thought for the day each day. There is not a lot that I can say about the coronavirus that has not already been shared. It is radically changing and upending our lives. We are finding out that there are things that we have taken for granted and other things that we have not taken serious enough. Let me ask a question: Will I let Christ radically change my life as much as the coronavirus has? With the coronavirus I am changing my life so that I do not catch it and do not act as a carrier and pass it on to others. Therefore, I change the way I do things on one level for myself and at another level for society in general. When I accepted Christ I was, in a sense, asking Him to make a radical change in my life. No longer would I live for the world, but for Christ. I was to separate myself from the world. Too often I find myself living in the world. That is where I get comfortable. You see, in the world there is a disease that everyone is fighting. We call it sin. It is no respecter of persons and it leads to death, real death. Some people in the world doubt that this even exists, but we know that it does.
To flatten the pandemic curve, we need to get radical. We need to stay in and practice social distancing. We need to be wise, smart, and vigilant. To flatten the spiritual curve, we need to get radical. We need to live for Jesus in all areas of our lives. We need to show Christ at work, at home, and at play. We need to show the world that this can be done with joy and hope. We cannot compromise with the world. Then we will lose our effectiveness.
Theresa Meegan – April 12
Denis Couture – April 14
Ed Parrett – April 16
Sylis Cox – April 17
Traci Thomas – April 22
Ruth Lindhagen – April 25
Laura Urteaga – April 28
Bill & Patti Bradford (Ann.) – April 28
With social distancing and stay in place orders we have had more cancellations than planned activities. Any planned activities through April are being canceled. We will be doing a taped service this coming Sunday, April 6. Our new associate, Zach Schewe, will be presenting the message. We were hoping to do a live Easter service on the internet, but that will be a decision made next week. We thank you for understanding and all of the positive feedback from our taped service from March 29.
The coronavirus has halted our adult Bible study and with it the probability that we will not finish the Gospel of Mark before the summer break. I am continuing to do the study notes so that if we are not able to finish, those who are interested will be able to have a complete set of Mark’s notes.
Greetings to Meadowbrook church from the missions committee. Thank you all for your support of the 2020 missions rally to this point, and we hope to resume the rally as soon as is feasible. As soon as we get some sort of “all-clear” we will reach out to Jim and Dot Gregory from TCM to schedule a new date when they can visit us and give us a first-hand look into the work being done at TCM. Likewise, we would like to follow through with the special donations being solicited to help furnish the dining room at their training facility in Austria.
In the meantime, please be praying for the ministry not only at TCM but in each of Meadowbrook’s 13 missions, since assuredly all have special needs at this time.
In particular, we are aware of special medical needs at Nino’s de Mexico, and of course IDES (International Disaster Emergency Services) is working on the front lines of the COVID crisis. Please be praying for these needs and if you are moved to make a special donation for any of these needs, please ensure that you provide specific instructions and send it to the church office. The mission’s team will ensure that the funds are appropriately distributed.
We look forward to meeting again. Until that time, we pray God’s blessings and health for all.
In these troubling times, it’s good to see the Lord’s words get through. A special thanks to Jeremiah and Randy for getting the videos done.
As the grass is turning green, it’s time to think about mowing and mowing teams. See Dan if you can spare a couple hours a month to help. Ladies are welcome, too.
The church clean-up will be rescheduled. The CPR class planning is on hold.
There’s a fable (Aesop) that says one stick is easily broken but a bundle of sticks cannot be broken. We at Meadowbrook are a family. We are the bundle. Pray for each other, look-out for each other, help where we can, and with God’s help, we will defeat this determined and deadly germ.
Stay safe, love one another till we can stand shoulder to shoulder at the “cookie table”.
Remember, He is in Charge