Click here for a 4/1/20 COVID19 update from PG.
We thought about leading with something a little interesting today, like a local truck accident that caused a lot of toilet paper to go up in smoke. But it’s April Fool’s Day, so we didn’t think you’d believe us! If you’re curious, though, you can click here.
A couple of things you should know:
– We are currently working out the details of our Holy Thursday (April 9) communion service, as well as our Easter services. With the current guidelines, we will be limited to online services. But we will probably offer several streaming services on Easter weekend (i.e. Saturday and Sunday). Please stay tuned for more information.
– Please stay in touch! We would really appreciate your keeping us informed about needs, prayer requests, or stories about how you’re reaching your community. Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re thinking about and praying for you often! Please keep the church in your prayers!
Happy Monday! God is good…all the time!
It has been said that “God sometimes withholds His blessings, so that His people will come to Him and ask.” Let’s be people of prayer this week as we lift up our nation’s leaders, the sick, the out-of-work, etc. Pray that God would open His storehouse of blessings on His church, so that we might be a shining light to others!
Here are a few things you should know:
1.. No foolin’ – LifePoint’s main lobby will be open on Wednesday, April 1, from noon – 2:00pm. You can pick up:
– An “Open Doors” devotional (one per family, please)
– A toilet paper outreach pack to share with your neighbor or friend
– An empty reusable shopping bag (see #3 below)
2. We will be having an online Holy Thursday worship service (with communion!) on April 9. Watch for more information.
3. Between now and Easter, we are collecting food and supplies for our ministry partners, LifePoint families, and others. You can pick up one of the reusable green bags on Wednesday. Or if you’ve already gotten one or would like to bring in items in regular shopping bag, please bring them to LifePoint with any of the items from the below list. We plan to be open for this on Wednesdays from 12:00 – 2:00pm or watch for more information.
Peanut butter Toilet paper
Jelly Disinfecting wipes (e.g Clorox)
Oatmeal packets Bleach
Boxed mac & cheese Hand sanitizer
Hamburger Helper Napkins
Instant potatoes Paper towels
Canned green beans
Canned fruit cocktail
Please talk to us! Let us know your needs, prayer requests, and stories of how you’re reaching out to others during this time by contacting email@example.com.
Together, let’s BE the church!
Click here to watch our Sunday 3/29 sermon.
Click here for a video message from PG on 3/25/20.
Click here for a video message from PG on 3/18/20.
We’ve all seen the images of empty store shelves and stories of the seemingly crazy things people do in a crisis. During this time, we all need to look to Scripture for words to calm our fears and get our eyes looking up to the God of the universe, Who loves us and is still in control!
…not everything you hear or read is true
…not everyone is at equal risk
…this crisis will eventually pass
…to focus on what is unchanging
…God goes through it with me
…this is not the end of the story
This Sunday, PG’s message will take a closer look at Psalm 23 – “The LORD is my shepherd…” What a wonderful picture of God as a loving shepherd Who cares for his flock! We love you and want to care for you as best we can as this situation unfolds. To this end, we are committing to:
– Communicate regularly through email updates, phone calls, social media, etc.
– Continue to encourage your spiritual growth through ministry, resources, etc.
– Serve the sick.
– Continue to provide opportunities to worship together
– Mobilize our church to share the Good News with our friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc.
But to do this, we are asking for your commitment to:
– Provide us with your contact information (click here or go to www.lifepointplano.org/member)
– To continue supporting ministry through online giving. Now more than ever, your support allows the church to continue ministering in the midst of an unfolding crisis. To give online, click here .
– Join a small group and continue to check on one another and to meet (virtually) weekly for worship, fellowship, and study
– Check on your neighbors and help meet their needs
Although the Christian church has navigated many crises in the past, each new event requires dedicated servants to chart a new course toward the future. So the Coronavirus outbreak/panic is a new event that requires the church to come together and work toward a future, in accordance with God’s unchanging purposes. Thanks for partnering with us to advance the Gospel “in just such a time as this!”
3/18/20 (2nd update)
We don’t want to overwhelm you with updates, but thought that it’s important to pass along a few details:
- On Thursday, March 19, the main lobby will be open from 10:00am – 3:00pm, if you would like to retrieve a free copy of the 365-day “Open Doors” devotional that PG has mentioned. If you are at high risk or feel uneasy entering the building, you can drive up under the main entrance portico from 11:30am – 12:30pm and someone will bring a copy to your vehicle. [While supplies last.]
- LPK activity bags will also be available in the main lobby during this time. [Also while supplies last.]
- We’re asking our LifePoint family to switch to online giving. But if you want to drop off your offering, we’ll also have a drop box available during this time.
- We will not have public worship services or other events at LifePoint until further notice. However, PG’s next message will be available online at 10:30am this Sunday, March 22. We encourage our LifePoint family to continue the habit of meeting together (virtually) at a specific time each week.
- Church staff will be working a modified Monday-Friday schedule. For the foreseeable future, we will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and working from home on Tuesday and Thursday.
- If you’re not already in a LifeGroup, please prayerfully consider joining one now. It’s very important for us to care for and support one another, even if we are unable to meet together face-to-face. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We love you and want to help you stay connected to your church family at LifePoint. Please let us know how we can serve and pray for you!
During this time, we are making a few adjustments to our website in order to post the latest information about LifePoint’s activities/events. Please continue to check back here for regular updates.
Here are a few other things you should consider:
1. Stay calm! God has not been surprised by the Coronavirus! We serve a good God and we can rest assured that He will use the current situation for the good of His people, called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
2. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the Gospel to your friends, co-workers, and family! By remaining calm, trusting in God, checking on others, and sharing our resources, others will observe our faith and compassion. What a beautiful picture of the Gospel!
3. President Trump has declared a National Day of Prayer for Sunday, March 15. Please pray for…
– those who are struggling with this illness worldwide
– healthcare workers and others who may be in contact with those who are ill
– those whose employment is disrupted by current conditions
– your brothers and sisters in Christ around the world and your LifePoint family
– God to use this to advance His kingdom
4. Although we are not having a public worship service this Sunday, March 15, PG’s message will be posted online tomorrow at 9:00am.
5. If you are in a susceptible group (e.g. over 65, compromised immunity, etc.), please let us know if you have a special need with which we can help.
6. Be faithful and full of faith! In times of difficulty, we should remain faithful in the things we do and say. In addition, we should remain full of faith that God is good…all the time!
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ overflow toward us, so also our comfort through Christ overflows to you. But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort that you experience in your patient endurance of the same sufferings that we also suffer. And our hope for you is steadfast because we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you will share in our comfort.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7)
In light of quickly developing news on the Coronavirus and local and national responses, we have made the decision to cancel our public worship service at LifePoint this Sunday, March 15. This decision is not made lightly. However, one of our most important responsibilities is to keep you, our family, safe!
Pastor George will record his message and we will make this available to LifePoint online. Please watch for more details on when and where his message will be posted.
All other onsite events/activities (e.g. LifeGroups, Preschool, Bible studies, etc.) are canceled for the week of March 15. Officially sponsored offsite events/activities such as our LifePoint Night at Dave & Buster’s are also canceled. We are asking LifeGroups that meet offsite to make their own decisions regarding whether or how they might meet. However, we are advising an abundance of caution.
These decisions will be made on a week-by-week basis, as we keep abreast of the situation. Rest assured that LifePoint is committed to both the spiritual and physical wellbeing of our members and guests and will continue to safeguard that trust!
Please pray for this situation and those whom it affects, especially those who selflessly serve those who are ill!