Our daily lives have all changed dramatically in the past couple of weeks. Our God, and the mission and ministries of the church, however, have not changed. But, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, how we will be going about the mission and ministries of the church will need to change for a while. Following the recommendations of the CDC and our governing authorities, we are canceling all worship services and other gatherings of the church until at least the end of March. We will then re-evaluate the situation and hope to resume our in-person services as quickly as we can safely do so.
In the mean time, here are some things we want you to know:
1. Specifically, the following events are cancelled:
- Awana and Adult Bible Study (March 18 & 25)
- Movie Night (March 21)
- Sunday School, Wonder Lake Bible Institute & Worship Service (March 22 & 29)
- Men’s Group (March 26)
- Chili Cook Off Challenge (April 4)
- LAMBS is suspended indefinitely
Lord willing, we hope to be able to resume afterwards, but we will see where things stand at that point.
*** Please Note: You can always check the official church calendar on our website if you are ever in doubt as to whether or not an event is being held. We make every effort to keep that as up to date as possible. ***
2. Although we will not be meeting together for at least the next couple of weeks, the mission and ministries of the church will continue. We are going to livestream a simplified worship service which you can watch on the WLBC Facebook page. We will send out a reminder with a separate link for that later. Pastor Dan will be sending out regular emails with updates and words of encouragement and instruction in the Word. Our elders and deacons will be assigned a group of people to call for prayer and encouragement and to make sure that needs are being met. We realize that some members of our church family are more vulnerable at this time and we seek to prioritize their care.
3. Pray. Pray for our government leaders and our medical officials and caregivers. Pray for those who are sick, and for those who care for them. Pray for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for those who are facing economic hardship because of this. Pray that God will work for good in all of this in our lives, in the church and in our society.
These events have been a stern reminder of how quickly life can change. Perhaps it has caused us to realize once again how many things we take for granted, including the privilege of meeting together regularly with God’s people. We have been shown again how we must not put our trust in ourselves or in the things of this world. Rather, our trust must be in God alone who will repeatedly prove Himself faithful. He is our solid rock, our hope of eternal life and the One who will one day make all things new.
Love in Christ,