Dear Parkway Family,
I want to tell you that I love you. I have been praying for you every day and will continue to do so. In the 17 years of being your pastor, I have seen our Heavenly Father be faithful in so many ways and so many times, both in the life of our church as a whole, and in the lives of our church family members. What we are experiencing now and whatever is to come may surprise us but shouldn’t stop us—our faith, our hope, and our love. We see God at work, it seems, more than ever, in times of crisis.
Our entire staff has been working fervently to position Parkway Fellowship to mobilize and help our community. We’re not new to this. If you were here during Hurricane Harvey, you’ll remember how amazing our church family was in helping others through that time of crisis, and we’ll do it again.
Last week was novel for us. We’ve been offering services online for several years now, but last Sunday was the first time we met 100% online. The decision wasn’t made lightly, but with much prayer as we sought to use wisdom, follow government authorities, and to do our part to help stop the spread of this virus. Ultimately, our decisions during this season are made out of love. We’re doing it because it is the most loving thing to do to not expose senior adults, those with compromised immune systems, or anyone in the healthcare profession. It was not a fear vs. faith decision, it was a loving decision. It literally is the kindest thing we can do for everyone in our church and our community.
As a church we will be making decisions in two-week increments, so that we can have something to act on in the short-term, while minimizing the impact on our church when things do change. It’s not wise to make long-term decisions when information and rules change from day to day. Thank you for your grace and trust as we lead our church through these next several weeks and months.
If our main question is “To meet or not to meet?,” then we are focused on something way too small. I believe the question God is asking us is “to be or not to be.” I promise we will meet every week in some capacity. But let’s not miss what God is asking—“How can I BE my church during this time?”
As I write this, our staff is finalizing initial plans that will allow us to help those in our congregation and community who need help and mobilize those who want to help. We’ll be announcing that very soon. So be ready.
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Remember Jesus is in charge!
Hebrews 3:6 – “But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house, if we keep our courage and remain confident in our hope in Christ.”
I love you,