A brief study of Luke chapter 17.
* UPDATE 5/30/2020 *
As of 5/29/20, Erie county has remained in the "yellow phase" for Pennsylvania's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. That means gatherings of groups of 25 or more are restricted. Even though churches are technically exempt from this provision and the President has declared that churches should open, we are going to use wisdom and do our best to keep our members and friends safe. When we do reopen for services at some point in June, we will have provisions in place to keep our members, friends and visitors safe, healthy and well!
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Check out Sunday's message:
Golden Nuggets Part 7 "Your Body Is The Temple"
How should we respond to the pandemic?
Here are some things we must remember;
1. We have no need to be fearful.
Jesus warned that in the last days there would be trouble including pestilences, but He encourages us to "see that we are not troubled". God has made provision for our health and wellbeing and we are fortunate to live in a nation where we have an abundance of resources to assist those in crisis..
2. We must use wisdom.
We should follow the advice of our doctors and medical professionals and protect ourselves and others to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer. If you don't feel well or have the symptoms of a cold or fever see your physician, get treated and stay at home until you recover.
3. We must be moved with compassion.
Jesus set the example in ministering God's love and power to those in need if healing. He was constantly moved with compassion in His ministry. Our first priority should always be the safety and well-being of our families and others. We should take the lead in caring for others, especially those who may be vulnerable in a health related crisis. Check in on your family members and friends, especially the elderly, and make sure they are cared for and have what they need to survive during this time. Let us look after others and make sure that we are part of the solution, not the problem.
So, what does that mean for us?
Authorities, including the governor, have asked that people refrain from gathering in groups of 25 or more, so MGCC is planning for our re-opening and cancelling all services through the June 7th. We will focus our ministry online through this website, Facebook, Spectrum Cable and Youtube (see our latest ministry message below). We will soon post guidelines for our re-opening, so stay tuned!
Our hope is that all of our MGCC members and friends will stay well and safe. Let us be an instrument of righteousness in these difficult times and a beacon of hope and light in the darkness. Stay tuned for an encouraging faith filled message online this Sunday, May 31st and tell your friends to tune in!
Even though we will not be gathering together at 9th and Cherry, the expenses of the church continue. Please take advantage of the online giving component on our website. If you prefer, you may also mail your giving to the church address. We should always remain faithful to honor The Lord with our giving.
Let us be active in applying our faith for our families and those we love. Psalm 91 is a revelation of God's provision for you! Meditate on it and confess it often over your life and family.
Pray for others. A massive outbreak of disease that kills hundreds and thousands of people is certainly not the will of God. If we pray earnestly for our nation and others the tide will change (II Chronicles 7:14).
We are always available to minister God's love and grace to you and help should you may find yourself under attack. Remember, we are all in the same covenant family and Christ has given us victory.
MEN'S FELLOWSHIP BREAKFAST
JUNE 13 - CANCELLED
"Foundations" will run for 12 weeks on Wednesdays from 6:30 tp 7:30 PM in the "Coffee Clutch". Participant guides are available at the church.