Dear Morningside Family,
Today, the Muscogee County School District announced that schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16. The closure is scheduled to run for three weeks. In light of their decision and in accordance with the Elders’ decision to follow MCSD closings, I am canceling all large gatherings at the church building, including Sunday worship services, Bible Fellowship classes, music rehearsals, and other midweek activities. The Morningside Christian Preschool will also be closed starting this Monday.
During this time, the church office will remain open. Just the same, we invite you to contact the office by phone or email rather than stopping in, unless absolutely necessary. We are also asking that all weekday office volunteers and Morningside Preschool teachers remain at home for the duration of the closure.
For now, our plan is to resume our normal schedule of activities on Palm Sunday, April 5. This could change depending on circumstances, but we will do our best to keep you updated.
President Trump has called the nation to prayer tomorrow. I’m sure not everyone will answer his call. But, let us be clear on one thing: the only one who can put a stop to the corona virus and the viral panic that has swept our nation is the God who made heaven and earth. He stands sovereign over all things. He who watches over his people neither slumbers nor sleeps. And he has made us this promise regarding our prayers:
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
We need healing! There are people who are sick and dying from the coronavirus. But, more than that, our nation is sick.
So, let us commit together, as individuals and families who worship the Savior Jesus Christ, to call on him as one people. At precisely 10:30 am tomorrow, my family will kneel together in our home and pray for his mercy, protection, and healing—not just for us, but for the nation. I invite you to join us in your homes and on your knees.
Let us call on the Lord Jesus Christ to put a stop to the virus and to the fear that has gripped so many.
Let us ask him to bring the scoffers, who mock our prayers, to an awareness of their desperate need for him.
Let us ask him to work mightily through those presently laboring toward treatments for the sick.
Let us ask him to protect the countless healthcare providers selflessly caring for others.
Let us ask him for wisdom and discernment for government officials at the federal, state, and municipal levels.
Let us ask him to stand guard over the most vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and immunocompromised.
And let us ask our gracious Lord to be glorified as he answers our prayers. May the world see that it is not by power nor might, but by his Spirit who alone can save and help and heal!
May his face shine upon all of you,
Last Sunday, I told you that I'll be announcing some exciting news in the service this week.
The Lord has been doing wonderful things behind the scenes. He's provided us with an opportunity that I certainly didn't see coming. But I'm very happy to be able to share this news with you on Sunday.
Be sure to come this Sunday for worship, fellowship, and to hear from the Lord. At the end of the service, I'll share more about what God has been up to!
More great news! After receiving dozens of resumes for our open associate pastor position, we have narrowed the field down to several excellent candidates.
The Elders, Personnel Committee and I have agreed on how we want to move forward from here. Over the next few weeks, we will be reviewing materials and conducting interviews. Throughout this process, we are praying and asking the Lord to guide us.
Would you mark it on your daily to-do list to lift us up in prayer? Ask the Lord to bless the process and to reveal his will to all those involved. Thank you!
This Sunday, 4:00 p.m., Worship Center
It's here! This Sunday you're welcome to join Chris Trammel and me for our first-ever Music & Worship Workshop. This invitation is for two groups:
- All those presently serving in the Worship Ministry
- Anyone else who is ready to commit to starting up a choir.
As you know, I am hopeful that we will be able to start a choir at Morningside. Whether we can make this happen will depend on who among us is willing to make the commitment.
See you Sunday evening!