It’s good to keep the big picture in mind as we face another spike in Covid cases. The Prophet Isaiah gives us this key reminder:
I am God, and there is none like me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,’ Isaiah 46:9-10
God has done, is doing and will do his good work in this world. We are to look to him, trust him, and ask for wisdom in what to do. He will help us through this wave.
Here is what we are doing as a church during this latest spike in Covid cases:
First, we will continue streaming services live to our mask-only room for the 8:30am service in Room 165. We also have a mask-only section in the auditorium. And of course, anyone, anywhere in the building should feel free to wear a mask. People have so many different situations they are navigating that we ask you to be charitable to all.
We are rescheduling our Member Meeting because we anticipate quite a few being sick or isolating. This is in line with the health district's recommendations to reduce the number of large gatherings. For now, we will continue our essential meetings, which are our Sunday gatherings and discipleship groups (Growth Groups, women’s studies, classes, Youth, College, Discovery, etc…).
If you are sick, we ask that you please stay home. However, we don't want you to become disconnected, so let someone know—comment on the YouTube service, text a friend, or reach out to your Growth Group leader. If you need to isolate, you can also ask your growth group leader if you can join your group via zoom to stay connected. If you know someone in isolation, reach out, drop off a meal or other needed items.
In Christ, we have a hope now and for eternal life. These are light momentary afflictions and an opportunity to trust God and love others.
Dr. Dan Jarms is teaching pastor and team leader at Faith Bible Church in Spokane Washington, as well as associate dean at TMS Spokane. He has been married for 28 years to Linda, and has three adult children. He earned his B.A. in English at the Master’s College, B.Ed. at Eastern Washington University, M.Div and D.Min in Expository Preaching at The Master’s Seminary. His other interests include NCAA basketball, gardening, brick oven cooking.