God Is In Control

Please remember and live in this promise:  In all situations, God is in control!

2 Timothy 1: 7

“God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind.” 

Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High  will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,  my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you  from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,  and under his wings you will find refuge;  his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,  nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,  nor the plague that destroys at midday.

Our God-Honoring Response to COVID-19

  1. Let's Pray!  Let's pray for this worldwide event to get the attention of the world for Jesus Christ.  Pray that many experience salvation and renewal through this unusual set of circumstances.  Pray for an end to the spread of the Coronavirus worldwide.  Pray for medical providers to have all they need to do their jobs and for their protection and provision throughout this emergency.  Pray for all those in leadership everywhere.  Finally, pray for all of this to be well behind us by Easter  so that our annual celebration of Christ’s resurrection which acts as an annual reset of the Christian faith worldwide be energized and elevated beyond anything ever seen ever before!

  2. Let's Worship!  Our worship as Immanuel Church is unique to us.  But we can learn by worshipping (albeit remotely) with other churches as well.  Take this opportunity to learn about other worship styles, teaching methods, and prayer methods.  And let's talk about how to make our ongoing worship together better and better!

  3. Let's Minister to one another!  If you need anything, whether food, supplies, or a listening ear ... reach out.  Call a deacon, an elder, or Pastor Bill.  Let's continue to be the church to one another.

  4. Let's Minister to our neighbors!  We are God's ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5)  Let's reach out to those in our neighborhoods and provide for their needs as well.  Let's project confidence and peace in our God.  And let's be ready to tell them why we have such peace (1 Peter 3:15)

  5. Other Thoughts:

  6. Lent is time of stopping and reevaluating, a time for reflection, fasting, and prayer. This pause that none of us chose, despite how scary it might seem to some of us, may have secret blessings for many more of us. Pay attention to how God may be trying to get your attention! Let’s all do this as a church.

  7. Let’s remember the following:  This pause is just for a brief time and then, Lord willing, it will be behind us.
    You don’t have to keep listening to news about it. You probably don’t need more toilet paper, most of you. You don’t need to worry about zombies, electrical outages, water shortages, or anything unrelated to our worldwide attempts to stem the spread of the Coronavirus. Let’s help each other keep things in perspective.
    Nothing we are going through is unique. These kinds of things have happened in the Bible and throughout the history of humanity. God is not surprised. God has got this. God has your back. Lean on your faith and your fears will grow lean.

General Health Precautions

Please consult local and federal websites for the most current information regarding the COVID-19 virus and appropriate precautions.

These are - and will continue to be - precautions that we will follow at Immanuel Church:

During this winter / flu season, let's all try to:

  • wash hands / Purell often to prevent the spread of disease. 
  • stay home if we don't feel well.  We'll miss you (and appreciate you!)
  • be sensitive to others who do not wish to shake hands or hug.
  • recognize that we have a few people with compromised or weakened immune systems
  • be especially diligent around our community snack table.  Be careful to use a utensil or a napkin when taking a snack and impress these steps on your children as they are learning in this area of responsibility