Dear Church Family,
I promised you we would update you as things changed, and of course they have changed rather rapidly. We are now under a Williamson County Order prohibiting social gatherings larger than 10 people through May 11. Of course that order could change in time too. This means that for now we have suspended all public church meetings including our Lord’s day worship services in an effort to comply with all social distance wisdom and orders. When this changes we will definitely let you know.
So, what are we going to do? Well, first of all we will take advantage of the internet and continue to meet virtually. Sunday mornings at 10 am we will broadcast a live stream worship service from the newly minted EPC studios at the Ward house. There will be a bulletin to download so that you can follow along with the liturgy from home. The live stream will be broadcast from our new EPC Youtube Channel. Join us this Sunday! (begins 3/22/20)
Unfortunately we will not be able to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Communion is a communal meal and not to be practiced in private. That is to say we must be gathered together as a church to practice communion. I have yet to see a way to do this in accordance with both scripture and our church constitution that is also compliant with the social distancing currently required by COVID precautions. I am afraid an online worship will always be a limited substitute for gathering together as the body of Christ, but we will make the most of it, and trust that the Holy Spirit will be at work!
Some have asked about using technology for other types of ministry like children’s Sunday school classes, small group meetings, youth group fellowship, etc. We’re not sure exactly how this might look, but we are considering ways to do them well. We’ll keep you posted!
I know that many of us are struggling during this time. Some of you have practical needs that are either financial or physical in nature. Please reach our to our Deacons & Deaconesses with your needs by email or call 512-690-2577 ext. 3. We would be glad to help!
Others of you are struggling spiritually and emotionally with a variety of fears and concerns: getting sick, dying, causing someone else to get sick, loneliness and isolation, job stability, potential loss of income, or even your business. If you need to speak with a pastor please contact us here or call the office at 512-690-2577.
But let me also encourage you to continue to reach out to one another and love one another. I have witnessed many of you doing this already, and have been the beneficiary of some of it myself. I am grateful for all of you! Press on. Be a friend to each other and to your neighbor. Resist the temptation to hoard, but be generous, and share each other’s burdens. Find ways to be in touch and check on each other through phone or technology. Now more than ever we need to find ways to be the church to each other and to our neighbors around us. Above all, when you struggle and feel helpless in the midst of this crisis, remember the words of Christ to the Apostle Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” – 2 Cor. 12:9
Finally let me encourage you to continue to give to church. We need your tithes, offerings, and gifts in order to continue to minister to those in need around us in Cedar Park and the NW side of Austin. You can give securely through our website or by mailing a check to the address in the footer below.
Grace & Peace,