For this Sunday here is how we will do it:
I along with a few of our key staff will go up to the church (no more than 9 people) I will be behind my station or pulpit and preach just like every Sunday in the sanctuary. From your screen view, nothing will look different at all. We are going to be doing this live and streaming it on Facebook live and Youtube live. If you have internet, a computer, smartphone or smart TV you will easily be able to access the service.
We will begin service just like always at 10:15 and I want to encourage you to gather your family and friends together in a gathering place in your home or wherever you may be to watch the service. I feel that it is very important for us to all stay connected during this time and one of the ways that we do this is by all being on the same page. Hearing and speaking the same message. I feel like God is going to give me a right now Word for us during this season every Sunday and it is important that you get that word.
I also want to tell you about a few other things that we will be doing as well:
Children's ministry: Our Children's Pastor Mrs. Jennifer is also going to be doing a pre-recorded Kids lesson for every week that we will be online and we will have that available for you to play to your children on Sunday mornings too! She will be putting out some crafts that you can come and pick up from the church to do with kids as well. These are the crafts that would normally be doing on Sunday mornings.
We are doing a test with our online platform today and after that, I will be sending out several links and more information with how you can get to the service online. We will also be doing a lot via our social media pages during this time on Facebook and Instagram. If you do not currently follow the church on social media I would encourage you too as I am doing almost daily words of devotion and encouragement. It is also a great way for you to stay connected to the church.
As we all know the church is not a building, it is a people and we are now going back thousands of years to what the early church looked like in the book of Acts gathering from house to house. I do believe that a central gathering place is important for the church to meet and assemble and I assure you that we will get through this and I sense that when we do and are able to gather again that God is going to move mightily in our midst and many lives and new faces will be there to hear the Word of the Lord.
We are going to have the church open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. for you to be able to come by and pray and seek the Lord. The sanctuary and the chapel will be open during this time and worship music will be playing. You can also walk and pray in The Nest (prayer garden) and on the sidewalks in the park up in the front of the campus. Worship music will be playing outside as well. We do ask that if you should arrive and there be more than 9 people there to please not gather in groups of 9 or more and keep your distance from one another. 6 feet apart is what the CDC is recommending.
We are also working on some other creative ways to be able to gather but for now, what we have listed is the plan. We will stay in constant contact with you as we update things via email and social media.
I want you to email me directly if you are struggling during this time with anything. We are here for you and want to help in any way that we can. Please be praying for one another and stay connected. Many of you that are in small groups within the church may want to consider meeting several times this month just to stay connected and encouraged. If you know or hear of anyone that needs help please be the hands and feet of Jesus and help them if and how you can.
Please be aware of the elderly that you know, reach out to them and help in any way that you can. Also, please keep all medical and emergency personnel in your thoughts and prayers during this time. Many are being stretched to the max right now especially, in the really hard-hit areas and need supernatural strength from God to get through.
Giving: If you have a job and income I want to encourage you to be faithful in the area of tithing and offerings. Just because you aren't at church doesn't mean that you shouldn't tithe. This is a time when the church will really need to be a blessing to people that are struggling and we want to make sure that we have the ability to do that as much as possible.
I believe it is an amazing opportunity to rise up and serve the community. One thing that we are working on trying to get up and going is some type of a drive-through meal for people in our area by either the end of this week or next week and continue to do this every week until we are beyond all of this.
However, without the resources, we simply won't have the finances to be a blessing. So please, if you have income continue to give generously so we as the church can be a light and a place of refuge during this dark hour. You can give without being at the church in several different ways:
1. Give online via our website www.eagleheightsmemphis.com Click on the tab at the top of the page that says Give Online.
2. Text to give: By texting the word "GIVE" to 901-444-3571 it will reply with a response instructing you how to give.
3. Come to the church and bring your offering: If you want to give by cash or check you can come by the church during the week or weekend between the hours of 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. and drop your tithes and offerings in the offering lockbox in the foyer.
4. Mail-in: As long as the mail runs you can mail in your check to the church at 9408 Macon Road Cordova, Tn 38016
Finally, I want to encourage you to cast your cares upon Him today. The Bible instructs us to do this in 1 Peter 5:7 it says to cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.
Stay focused on God, get in the word, spend time talking with Him and get a word from the Lord for yourself every day. You will get through this and we will get through this together in Jesus' name. Ashley and I are praying for all of you daily. We love you all very much.
God is your very present help in a time of trouble and He is holding you in the palm of His hand.