Please find below the update from LifePoint for this week. Keep Jesus front and center in your lives my friends. These are trying days, but God can always be found in the midst of trials (see 2 Cor. 1:8-11).
Dear Church Family,
Please find the link below to this week’s video update. Praying that all is well with you and your families! Here is the link to the video: https://vimeo.com/402248579
In the video, I misspoke and gave an incorrect address for our church website. The website is www.lifepointindy.com.
Dear church family,
I pray this email finds you all well. Below you will find a link to this week’s video update from LifePoint. I taped this yesterday (Monday) late afternoon, but we were unable to get it ready to send until this morning. Since this taping, a dear brother in the church family, John Pennington, went to be with the Lord. Please pray for his wife Carolyn and their family as they deal with this great loss in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. Also, I mention Joe and Brittany Zimmerman as having lost an infant this week. I’m not sure I’m clear with their names in the video, and wanted you to please be praying for them as they go through this incredibly difficult time.
I miss seeing you all greatly! Absence truly does make the heart grow fonder.
Many blessings to you!
Here is the latest and greatest from LifePoint. Video format this time for a bit more of a personal touch.
No reports at this time of anyone from LifePoint dealing directly with COVID-19 – but please continue to pray for our church family.
Dear Church Family,
Yesterday, Governor Holcomb mandated that all gatherings over 250 persons be restricted immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With this as our new backdrop, the elder team met last evening to discuss our next steps. The Scriptures teach us to obey our leaders and submit to them whenever they practice legitimate governing and do not mandate sinful or ungodly action. In this latest appeal our governor is not asking us to sin, he is asking us to help, and we feel compelled to do so. Therefore, all weekend activities at LifePoint, including the Men’s Ministry Breakfast scheduled for Saturday morning, worship services on Sunday morning, and Student Ministry on Sunday evening must be cancelled.
For those who may find it helpful, I will record early this weekend a walk-through of Philippians 4:4-9, where the apostle Paul exhorts us to rejoice, to not be anxious, to be people of prayer, to be filled with thanksgiving, to think on beautiful ideas, and, in the practice of all these things, to know God’s peace. This study will be available either late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning online at www.lifepointindy.com at the sermon link. Please feel free to utilize this as part of your family/individual worship.
The elder team will meet again next week to consider our current situation. Unless things change in what has proven to be a very changeable situation, indications are that we may not be able to meet corporately until after the Easter holiday. Although I do not wish to clutter your inbox with frequent emails, I will send out occasional church-wide communications to keep everyone abreast of the situation. Many of our gatherings do not amount to over 250 people, at the same time, we want to be wise. For now, all major events at the church facility will be cancelled next week, including homeschool co-ops, women’s Bible Study Fellowship, Wednesday evening events, and our Women’s Thursday Morning Bible Study. We will revisit our planned High School Retreat scheduled to begin on Monday, March 23rd, after we see how things progress this weekend. Pastor AJ will be in close communication with those involved in that ministry.
Now, may I briefly exhort you as one of your pastors? Now is the time for us to be the Church of Jesus Christ. As God tests his church, let us rise to the occasion. Let us love one another, carry one another’s burdens, pray for one another, exhort one another to good works in Christ, care for the hurting, reach out to our neighbors, and demonstrate that though we may be largely absent from one another in person, we are present in the Spirit. Some in our church family will likely acquire the Coronavirus. Let us care for them and pray for them. Some may face financial constraints. Some of our elderly will need assistance. We may not be able to meet corporately, but that does not keep us from meeting altogether. For those who are not in high-risk categories, consider gathering together in your homes for worship in small groups. We are the body of Jesus Christ, and although we can take reasonable precautions, we must not fear like the world, grieve like the world, or react to crisis like the world. Practice wisdom — and be brave in Christ.
Barring illness or further mandates from our governing authorities, the vocational staff will continue to work. If you have any needs, please call the church office (317-881-4010). The elders and other church leaders stand ready to assist. We will commit to praying for this church body. Will you please commit to praying for our wisdom as well? We love you and want to care for you in these strange days we are living in. I believe that this too shall pass. Our world, I strongly suspect, is not coming to an end…not yet.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
All is well friends; God sits on his throne!
Until my next email…grace and peace
Pastor Jym (for the team of elders)