Coronavirus Update #3 (3/18/2020)
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Dear Rivermont Family,
In Scripture, we are reminded of the Lord’s steadfast love and His mercies that never come to an end. And today, God is giving us multiple opportunities to strengthen our faith, to trust His great faithfulness, and to pray for His guidance and salvation. May we walk forward in His love and power! The Rivermont elders of session met March 17, 2020 via video conferencing. The elders marveled at God’s goodness to us in this unique time, embraced God’s gift of unity and love for the congregation and the world, and closed our time with an extended season of prayer. The unanimous decisions of Session follow.
Worship in Spirit and in Truth
Worship services will be posted on our website each week and the pastors will post devotions on our Rivermont website daily. As regular rhythm, please look forward to receiving the weekly email “Cupola Express,” which includes “Preparing for the Lord’s Day.” And, we will resume corporate worship as soon as we are able!
Church activities and the office
Through March 31st, all scheduled group activities on the Rivermont campus are cancelled. This includes corporate worship, Sunday School, Rivermont Fellowship Night, Thursday morning Bible studies, and various meetings throughout the week. Until further notice, the church office and buildings are closed for public entry. While the staff hope to gather for this unique time of ministry and responsive care, building use is now restricted until further notice. The pastors and staff continue to collaborate to maintain a sense of community and connection during this season of social distancing. We will continue to update our website and send emails to the congregation each week.
Prayer and Giving
Praying for God’s grace, guidance, and blessing is so important during this time. As you pray for one another and our nation, you may keep the pastoral staff informed of prayer needs through our on-line prayer portal. Continuing to give during this time is also important. The website provides some helpful giving information.
While the uncertainty of this outbreak is creating understandable anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities, we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please continue to pray for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
Pastor Ron, together with Pastors David, Brett, Mike, and Shane