open letter: March 18, 2020

 

 

THE STRONG AND THE WEAK,
COVID-19 MINISTRY, & THE GLOBAL CHURCH
(MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES, FAMILY, & ISOLATION)

 

 

MARCH 18, 2020

 

Dear Christ Church, please read through this letter as we continue the graceful work of loving God and loving people:

  • THE STRONG SERVING THE WEAK COVID-19 MINISTRY ASSISTANCE
    Joseph Jordan is leading out in caring for those who are at-risk with COVID-19. Joseph is literally living out Paul’s command for the strong to care for the weak. 

    Go to our website or use our App to request help, e.g., shopping for food, medical and pharmacy, financial assistance, transportation, etc. 

    Apply for assistance here:
    https://www.discoverchristchurch.com/covid-19-ministry/assistance-requests
  • PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
    Families can prepare to log on and join their church family in the following ways:

  • Dads and moms, you are the spiritual leaders of your home! This is a great time to model faith to your children. COVID-19 is radically impacting our world, our nation, and our families. Families can learn the healthy disciplines of physical and spiritual care and protection at home. 

  • Singles, you have the unique opportunity to model faith with single-hearted devotion to the Lord (1 Corinthians 7:32). We need you and the example of devotion you give to all of us.

  • Prepare for the Lord’s Supper before the service begins. Set aside bread and wine/grape juice in advance. We will take the Lord’s Supper dyadically.

  • Prepare to worship through giving tithes and offerings to the Lord and His church. 

    You may give online here:
    https://app.clovergive.com/app/giving/clodo-christchurch

  • GRACE COUNSELING CLINIC
    Grace Counseling Clinic of Christ Church is providing the following:
  • I am still seeing some non-symptomatic clients at the clinic. However, many are using Facetime. This is the best way to provide counseling services and protect ourselves from possible exposure to COVID-19.

    Andrea Lowry is hosting a virtual meeting for moms (Moms Get Connected) on Thursday, March 19, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM. 

    Download Zoom and follow this link: 
    https://zoom.us/j/445079578

  • I will host an online group counseling session on Monday, March 23, 7:00 PM for those who struggle with anxiety and depression. 

    Register here:
    https://www.discoverchristchurch.com/grace-counseling-clinic/gcc-group-counseling-anxiety

  • PRAYING & FASTING

  • As the Holy Spirit leads you, pray and fast for our nation, city, churches, families, and friends. 

  • Pray and care for the members of Christ Church who are vulnerable to
    COVID-19. Contact Pastor Steven for more information.

  • Pray for medical staff as they are dealing with the anxieties their patients bring to clinic.

  • Pray for DHS and the foster care system in Arkansas. Many children cannot be placed in homes due to risks associated with COVID-19. 

  • Pray for ourselves… our attitude can open doors for ministry and the offering of hope to people who live in fear. It’s a good time to not be silent.

  • GAINING A VISION FOR THE GLOBAL CHURCH
    One of the ways COVID-19 is impacting our churches is through necessary social distancing. Being isolated is a lonely thing. Certainly this is NOT PERSECUTION. It is an effort to flatten the curve in the spreading of the virus. And yet, being isolated can provide us with at least a small sense of vision for the persecuted church in China or Muslim-dominant countries around the world (1 Corinthians 12:26; Hebrews 13:3). Can you imagine how Christians in China or Saudi Arabia feel pressure to isolate for political safety?

  • PRACTICAL ADVICE:  CLEAN YOUR DEVICE
    Disinfect your phone. Your phone is exposed to more germs than you can count. We sneeze on our phones. We cough on our phones. We use our phones in the bathroom. We touch our phones… all day long! Disinfect your phone.

Goodness is still contagious

 

Faith, hope, and love remain,

 

Chris Perry

Christ Church of Central Arkansas

Grace Counseling Clinic

OPEN LETTER: March 17, 2020


CHRIST CHURCH, COVID-19, & CARING FOR PEOPLE (GOODNESS IS CONTAGIOUS)

Recently, Lesa and I went to Sam’s Club. The place was packed. There was a low-level sense of panic among the shoppers. People were stocking up for the problems associated with potential quarantines. All checkout lines were backed up, way up. There is a primal reflex in our brains to seek safety and shelter (thank you limbic system and the all-powerful amygdala!). It’s a God-given reflex. It’s also a reflex Satan can exploit.

 

I also noticed a kind of helpful and “let’s-make-the-best-of-it” attitude in lots of people. This was powerful. It made me smile.

 

The cultural impact of COVID-19 is both real and interesting. News outlets are injecting and infecting people with little doses of fear. Our government talking heads are politicizing COVID-19 from every angle. Trump is to blame for COVID-19 in China. Trump failed to contain COVID-19 in the far reaches of the Milky Way. Or, Trump has saved us one and all. You get the point. Remember all that stuff about high feeling and low thinking?

 

From a psychological point of view, it is fascinating how we are so easily threatened. Or, conversely, it’s fascinating how easily we are inspired when we see goodness incarnated before our eyes in times of distress. Goodness is real. Goodness is contagious.

 

“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control;
against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)

 

What is Christ Church doing in response to COVID-19?

  • Christ Church will gather for worship this Sunday, March 15, 2020.

  • We will take communion this Sunday dyadically and not in our typical fashion. What in the world is dyadic? Come see.

  • The children’s area and toys will be disinfected, just like they are every week (I’m grateful beyond words for those who serve at CC).

  • Everyone should practice healthy “social distancing” and decline to shake hands, etc.

  • We ask anyone who is ill to stay at home.

  • Pray and care for the members of Christ Church who are vulnerable to COVID-19.

  • Pray for parents who must provide childcare and feed their kids who are now out of school. Many families rely on schools to feed their children.

  • Pray for medical staff as they are dealing with the anxieties their patients bring to clinic.

  • Pray for ourselves… our attitude can open doors for ministry and the offering of hope to people who live in fear. It’s a good time to not be silent.

Something wonderful happens when the church acts out the command to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth!

 

Oh my goodness.

 

Grace and peace and wisdom in Jesus,

 


Chris Perry

Christ Church of Central Arkansas

Grace Counseling Clinic