Glorifying God Together
505 Courtney Way, Lafayette, CO

 

Church Updates During Covid-19

Hello All! I hope this information finds you well. These are interesting times and there are a lot of important changes to our ministries. To stay up to date on our changes keep an eye on our Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as the internal church email subscription. 

Here are some items to be aware of

  • During the current coronavirus pandemic, all SCC Events, Bible Studies, and Small Groups are temporarily postponed until further notice. Some of these may go digital in the near future, and will of course resume once they are safe to do so!
  • We are working on other ways to stay connected as a church and to remain in the Word and prayer together during this unprecedented time.
  • Be watching for regular announcements from the pastors about these things.
  • We will be putting out regular Announcements, Devotionals, and a Weekly Sunday Service on our YouTube Page. It would be great to subscribe to that channel, as well as clicking the notification bell so you are notified anytime we go Live, or have posted new videos.

Letter from the Elders on 3/17/2020

Dear SCC Family,

 

Over the last week, the words of James 4:13-16 have become a good deal easier to understand and apply.  There God says to us, “Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit" yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that."  As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.”

With the extensive limits that have been imposed upon our day to day lives due to the coronavirus pandemic, in effort to curb the spread of the virus, we are all being reminded in a very tangible way that we live in God’s world, that our lives (and the systems that make day to day life easier for all of us) are very fragile, and that nothing about our tomorrows are guaranteed, except in the sovereign plan of our good and wise God.

 In this disruptive moment, however, our God is still good, still wise, and still on his throne.  And for that, we can and should (and will!) rejoice.

In light of recent events, we as elders have been praying and talking about the wisest way(s) to move forward as a church.  As of this past Sunday (3/15) the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, recommended that event organizers (groups or individuals) cancel orpostpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more.  Then on Monday morning, the President with the support of the Coronavirus Task Force recommended that all gatherings with the support of the Coronavirus Task Force recommended that all gatherings of 10or more individuals be avoided, along with a number of other recommendations.

Due to these recommendations, we as elders believe that it is the wisest course of action at this time, to follow these suggestions and cancel all church-wide gatherings until further notice.  We believe this is a time for following the lead of our governing officials (Romans 13:1-7), not for disregarding their counsel (e.g. Acts 5:29), and for loving our neighbors in tangible, practical ways (Galatians 6:9-10), while we wait for the privilege of gathering together for worship as a local church family once again (Psalm 63:1-2; 84:1-2).  We are also recommending that all smaller groups cease meeting for the time being, in order to do our part (small as it may be) to serve our community and our nation to get in front of the spread of this virus.  During this time, the church office will not be open, although our staff will still be working.  Additionally, we request that no one use the church building unless clearly necessary in the coming weeks, until further notice.

In the coming days, we will be exploring and communicating with you about various ways to remain connected with one another, and to help one another in practical ways, and to encourage one another to keep walking with Christ and serving him in love.  This includes some sort of weekly, Sunday morning ministry.  We believe that with the help of available technologies, we should be able to do these things fairly effectively, despite our circumstances.  These efforts will not in any way be for the purpose of replacing in-person gatherings; they will simply be for the purpose of continuing to serve one another and spur one another on to spiritual growth while we apart as a church.

In the meantime, here are a few things to keep in mind:

First, don’t forget about the Home-bound Member Response Team (HMRT)!  There are many volunteers on this team that are ready to serve anyone who is stuck at home (whether by necessity or by choice) and is in need of food, medications, or any other supplies.  The team should have a supply of toilet paper at some point on Wednesday of this week (tomorrow, 3/18), and is working on getting sanitation supplies as well, so if you need any help from them, please do not hesitate to email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  You will be sure to get a prompt reply.  And to remind you, you can also sign up to be a part of this team by using the same email address.

Secondly, if you missed last Sunday’s sermon from Psalm 103 (entitled “The Frailty of Life & the Providence of God”) you can access it here at our website (http://www.shepherds-church.org/Recordings/SundaySermons/2020-03-15-Sermon.mp3).  We pray it will encourage you in these unique and interesting times.

And finally, be watching for additional communications from us about ways we can continue to encourage one another and minister to others as a church.  We will send out additional updates and suggestions as soon and as regularly as possible.  Let’s continue to trust the Lord, remember all that he has done for us (Psalm 103:1-5) and that his steadfast love in Christ endures forever (Psalm 103:4, 8, 11, 17; Romans 8:28-39).

You will hear from us again soon!

Zach, Kyle and Ron