CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

March 18, 2020, 11:30am

Church Family and Friends,

We are in new territory as a society.  The coronavirus pandemic is radically altering our daily lives.  It is also radically altering how the church is functioning, as the government is recommending we avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.  The last time the US government asked the church not to gather was back in 1918 with the Spanish Flu outbreak.  Pastors and church leaders in Washington DC at that time “voted unanimously to accede the request of the District Commissioners that churches be closed in the city.”

Here at Restoration Church, the pastors and leaders have decided the same, and will suspend all of our in-person gatherings for the time being.  Romans 13:1 instructs us to be subject to the governing authorities as they are put there by God.  And Jesus said in Matthew 22:39 that the second greatest commandment after loving God is loving your neighbor.  When we put those things together, we are seeking to love God by honoring our governments request, and we are seeking to love our neighbor by not gathering, practicing social distancing, and thereby slowing the spread of this virus, especially for the sake of those who are most vulnerable among us, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Online Worship Services:
But thankfully, this is 2020 and not 1918!  Which means we have technology that allows us to still “gather” through online means!  Praise God for that!  So, beginning this Sunday March 22nd, we will host one service at 11:00am on Facebook Live.  We have already been live streaming our 11am services for months, but now it will be the official way we worship together in this season.   

We ask that you get ready to worship in your home just as you would a normal Sunday.  Meaning, don’t just have the service online in the background like it’s a football game.  Log on to your computer or mobile device and be ready to worship and open God’s Word, knowing you are not alone, but hundreds of others in our church, and millions across the world are doing the exact same thing!  And use this as an opportunity to share the service with your friends and others who need the hope that we have in Christ.

Children’s Ministry:
For those of you with children grades K-5, we have a resource available for you that your children can use to follow along.  If you would like that resource, please email our Children’s Ministry Director Rosemarie at rosemarie@rchomestead.org and she will get that to you.

If you are unable to join us online, we will post the sermon on our website rchomestead.org that evening, and to our YouTube channel.

As for our other gatherings:
-Night of Worship and Prayer that was scheduled for Friday March 20th is officially postponed.
-Family Groups are now meeting online through video conferencing.  This is a great way to stay spiritually connected while we are socially distanced.

-Vibe Youth will not be meeting during this time.
-Office staff is working from home and not at the church building for now.

How to connect with us:
Info@rchomestead.org is the way to connect with us.  Meaning, if you have a physical need, an emotional need, a prayer request, a question, or even want to share an idea, or a story of how you are loving your neighbors, or if you want to make yourself available to help with anything, or if you want to connect to one of our Family Groups, please email us at that address and we will respond quickly to serve you.

You are deeply loved,
Steve Miller

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” – Romans 12:12


 March 13, 2020, 9:15pm

Church Family and Friends,

I am writing to let you know that we are still hosting our services on Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00.  While the government has restricted “mass gatherings” they are not placing restrictions on gatherings of our size at this time.  We will continue to follow their lead as well as the advice of the CDC.  We believe it’s good and right for the church to seek to gather as long as we are able to worship God, hear from His Word, and encourage one another deeply in the hope that we have in Jesus.  Our fellowship is a gift we do not want to take for granted.

However, if you are sick, or if your child is sick, please do not come.  Rather, join us on Facebook Live at 11am Sunday morning.  
As precaution, we will be making some adjustments to our gatherings.  We have increased our cleaning, and provided some hand sanitizer stations as well.  Our greeters will not shake hands, but will smile and welcome you here. We will not take communion, we will not have cafe drinks, we will not pass out bibles, we will not pass the offering baskets, but will have a box in the back to place that in.  We also ask all of us to start to use our online giving at rchomestead.org/give so we can stay faithful to support the ministry here and for all of our partners we support.  If you need assistance setting up online giving, please contact Carla Cubero at carla@rchomestead.org.

In this season we don’t want to go to the extremes of our culture, where we see people panic and buy all the toilet paper, nor do we want to be passive and think this isn’t that big a deal.  It is a serious situation and so we want to be people of prayer.  Let us pray and give God our worries and anxieties, and he promises in Philippians 4 that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds.  Also, as we pray and receive God’s love for us, we are reminded of his love for others and that we are to show his love to others as well, especially the hurting, and the vulnerable.  Let’s not shrink back into fear and isolation, but let us love God and others.  Pray for God to end this virus.  Pray for doctors and nurses who are on the front lines in the hospitals.  Pray for parents as they help their children understand what it means to trust the Lord.  Pray for the church to be quick to love and care for one another, and pray for opportunities to share the hope that we have!  If you are in a family group or on a ministry team, please be quick to check on each other and be the church to each other!

We will keep you informed by continuing to post updates on our website and also through emails, Facebook and Instagram.

We do not know what the coming days and weeks hold, but we do find rest in knowing that God has it all in His powerful resurrected hands!  May that give us peace, and may we love others because He first loved us!

Prayerfully,
Steve Miller