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July 5, 2020 | by: Tim Elsner | 0 Comments

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Dear Church Family,

Many of you having been waiting to hear information from the elders regarding what church will look like in the coming weeks.  We do have some changes. 

No Sunday School for the next three weeks: July 5, 12, 19.

We will be having Sunday morning worship only (10:15am).  No Sunday evening service.

We will be observing communion Sunday morning.  If you are participating, please take a Communion pack from the table at the back before you are seated.

Due to the new guidelines from the Wichita City Council, we are requiring that all attendees age 6 and over wear a mask.  We will have masks available at the east and west doors.

Nursery care is available for children 3 and under.

As always, we urge caution for those who are in an at-risk category.  We also ask that you refrain from attending if you are not feeling well and/or are exhibiting any symptoms resembling COVID-19.

The elders understand the “wearing a mask” is a hot debate right now in our community, so we do not want this to become a divisive issue in our church.  So please consider these principles for wearing a mask:

1.       “Considering others as more important than yourself” – Phil. 2:3-4

2.       Submitting to authorities that mandate wearing masks – Rom. 13:1 “be submissive to the governing authorities”

3.       Your testimony in the community – Col. 4:5 “conduct yourselves with wisdom towards outsiders, making the most of the opportunity”

4.       Asking yourself, “Is wearing a mask sin?”

5.       Personal preferences and Christian liberties – “one person regards one day above another; another regards every day alike.  Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind.” (wearing a mask) Rom. 14:5

Some, for various reasons, may be unable to wear masks.  We understand this!  Remember that livestreaming is still an option, we hope you still join us via live stream if you should choose to stay home.

Our world is constantly changing.  We live in uncertain times but we believe in an unshakable God.  There is only one thing constant and true and that is our God.  Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever (Heb. 13:4).  All the current events of our day should remind us not to trust in any of our freedoms, political parties, present/past events, or ourselves.  Prov.20:7 says, "Some trust in chariots and others in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord, our God."  Hebrew 4:13 says, "there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”  I assure you that comfort can only be found in our Lord Jesus Christ.  
 
Pastor Tim

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