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EBIC response COVID-19 | Apr 3, 2020 8 am

Dear EBIC Church Family,

I trust you are settling into your current "social distancing" reality. My family is getting used to the new stay-at-home routine, and we have now entered the world of online school! While some days are easier than others, God continues to provide for us.

You have likely heard the most recent COVID-19 news: Schools are now closed "indefinitely," and social distancing and stay-at-home orders are in place at least through the end of April. Given these measures, here is where we stand as a church:

  • We will have no public gatherings until further notice.
  • We will continue to livestream our services every Sunday morning at 8:30am, with the playback available shortly after the service concludes. Visit etownbic.org/live for the links to join.
  • Worship and tech teams have been taking necessary precautions to minimize exposure, and we will now also limit the number of different families who are present onsite each Sunday.
Sadly, this means our Easter Sunday service will be online only. However, we are making efforts for it to feel like a special service with some unique features. And when we are finally able to gather again, it will feel like Easter, so we can have a big Easter celebration then! In reality, every service is a celebration of our risen, living Lord!

In the meantime, I would encourage you in several ways:

  • Continue to be in prayer. Each week, our Happenings email includes several prayer points, and I hope you make use of them to prompt your prayers.
  • Take advantage of the media available today (phones, Facebook, FaceTime, Zoom, etc.) to connect with your LifeGroup, fellowship group, or fellow believers. Include prayer as part of these connections!
  • Check out the resources provided each week for kids and teens by our family ministries staff. Details can be found at etownbic.org/familyministries.
  • Love your neighbor. Earlier this week, an email went out offering some suggestions for ways we can care for our community. Let's put love in action in whatever ways we can during these days.

I'm looking forward to this coming Sunday. I plan to start a new sermon series on dealing with disappointment, which I hope will be helpful to us in this season. Also, near the conclusion of our service, we will be celebrating Communion, and I invite you to have some bread and drink available so you can participate as I lead you.

I close with this resolution and blessing, from a book of daily prayers I got recently:
We resolve to live life in its fullness:
We will welcome the people who'll be part of this day. We will greet God in ordinary and hidden moments. We will live the life we are living.
May we find the wisdom we need, God be with us.
May we hear the needs of those we meet, God be with us.
May we love the life that we are given, God be with us.

Much grace to you all,
Pastor Adam

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