Note from Pastor Mark
Life is an adventure, isn’t it?
Sometimes we look forward to doing things we have never done before. Sometimes we do things out of necessity. No matter what you believe about the Covid-19 virus, we are living in an adventure that a couple of months ago most of us did not even imagine. The decision to cancel church activities and especially worship services is huge. I hope you understand this was not done in panic on a whim or by one individual. The intention is for the protection and health of our congregation, the community, and the people we love.
Last night the Shiloh Church Board voted to cancel all on-site Shiloh activities until April 5th. This includes all Bible studies, worship services, youth group meetings, etc.
Here are some things to keep in mind as we navigate the changes:
· God is still in control. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
· The “purpose” has not changed. Love your neighbor as yourself. We may discover we have new neighbors. What can we do individually or as a church to help others in need?
· We are not having “church services” but we are not going to stop being the Church. Check in with the people you are thinking about. For example, if you are going to be out for groceries, check to see if someone who shouldn’t be out needs anything.
· Please continue to pray through the situation. Remember the sick, the healthcare workers, the medical researchers working for treatment and cure, pray for containment and wisdom about how to stop the viral spread. Pray for the families of all those affected. Pray for the peace of Christ to overpower the fear, chaos, and panic.
· I am still here as your pastor. I am continuing to work from my office at the church. If you need anything, please call or stop by.
· On Sunday mornings at 10:30 we will still meet online via Facebook Live Shiloh Christian Church group. If you are not part of the group, let us know so we can add you. If you don’t use Facebook, this may be something to consider for a “season.”
· This “crisis” may be worse for some than others. There may be financial needs Shiloh can help with, as work hours and/or jobs may be affected. With that in mind, as well as the fact that we will continue to have normal operating expenses, if you are able to continue your joyful generous giving, you can mail a check to the church 1047 N 350 W, Logansport, IN 46947 Attn. Christy Carlson.
I appreciate your flexibility in this constantly changing adventure. We will continue to monitor the restrictions and do our best to make wise choices regarding our meeting together. I already miss seeing you and I look forward to returning to normal handshaking and hugs. May the peace of Christ be with you all, Pastor Mark.