Update – 4/2/20

Dear Friends,

I pray that you are well and that you are experiencing the peace of the Lord in this season of difficulty and change. This past Monday the governor issued a stay-at-home order for Virginia residents. Unfortunately, this means that our in-person worship gatherings are canceled until that order is rescinded. We will be providing regular updates as we move forward.

I do want to make you aware of several projects. First, we are working on a way to host a virtual gathering for Sunday services. This would include options for people to connect through video conferencing on computers and mobile devices as well as allow people to be involved through a simple telephone call. Second, we are exploring our options for a ministry to help alleviate the needs of our community during the pandemic. Please join us in prayer and stayed tuned for updates.

We are experiencing an incredible time of disruption. Things are changing at a rapid pace as the world is scrambling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all working out the specifics of what that means for our lives, our relationships, and our economy. News, information, speculation, and confusion are swirling around on the airwaves and in our hearts and minds. What’s happening? What’s coming next? What should we do about it? Simply keeping up with the onslaught of daily updates can feel like an overwhelming task.

In the midst of this chaos, those of us who follow Jesus have sure and lasting hope. We know that ultimately God is sovereign and in control. He is our ever-present help in time of need, and he is faithful. He will take care of us. He is not the source of evil, but in all things he works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose. Although this world is marred by sin and suffering, God desires to bring all creation back into right relationship with him and to conform us to the likeness of his Son. He wants to shape us to be like Jesus that we might embody his love, righteousness, and peace.

Learning to walk with Jesus involves reflection and contemplation. We need to take time to be still before God, to examine ourselves, to open our hearts to him, and to listen for his voice. We want to develop an ongoing communion with God. As part of this growth process, I often ask the following questions: How is God coming to me in this time? What is he saying? How is he using this to shape me? What is he giving me that I can give others? 

God is always at work both in my heart and in the world. I believe he can use the present circumstances to draw us into deeper relationship with him and to form us as his people – if we allow it. With that in mind, over the next few weeks, I will be sharing some of the ways that God has been speaking to me. I will be sending out these messages in multiple formats. You can find them online, in our app, and in your mailbox. My prayer is that this will help you along in your journey with Jesus. Talk to you soon.

Grace and peace,

Pastor Brandon