COVID-19 Update

“For God gave us a spirit… of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV

Dear Friends of Christ,

Less than a week ago I announced that we would continue to gather together in worship. We made some adjustments, and worship on Sunday was a blessing to all who were able to be here. The message, “What is Truth? God Did Not Give Us a Spirit of Fear” is now available to listen to on our website or our church app.

However, things have changed quickly and we are making adjustments every day. Yesterday, Yuma Lutheran School suspended classroom learning and is offering education online or through packets prepared by our teachers. As of today, we have suspended all activities and services on campus for at least two weeks. We are making an exception for Adam Freund’s memorial service this Saturday at 11 am.

Therefore, starting tomorrow, March 18th, we will be worshipping ONLINE ONLY for at least the next two weeks. We will live stream the message tomorrow for our Mid-week Lenten service at 7pm, and we will live stream our 8am Traditional and 9:30am Contemporary services beginning this Sunday. You will be able to find the live stream on the Christ Lutheran Church Yuma YouTube channel. I knew that some day we would offer our worship services online, now we are doing it. The really good news is that we will be able to share the Gospel of Jesus to many more people around the world. Jesus tells us in Matthew 28 to go into the whole world and make disciples and teach the Gospel. Individuals and families who have been part of our church family or are part of our church family seasonally will now be able to stay connected with us. I love how God has given us this gift of technology to connect in new and different ways.

I know this is disappointing for many of you. I understand your frustration. Some people might be thinking that we’re giving into to fear. But this decision was not made because we are fearful. It was made out of love and concern for others. We are serious about doing everything we can as good citizens and out of love for others to keep COVID-19 from spreading even more. I am also praying that as the world sees how Christians are handling this crisis, they will be drawn to want what we have, Jesus, Who is living in us and for us. As I said on Sunday, it is important that we lead with calmness, with sound thinking, and with the power and love God has given us by His Spirit.

Please keep praying and spending time with God in His Word individually and as families. Join our online family starting tomorrow night and on Sunday. Consider the most vulnerable among us (anyone w/respiratory and compromised immunity) at all times. Use this time to use the phone to call, or email, or text others to stay connected, to show love to the people God has put in your life, and to help others in need and tell them how much God loves them. It’s not hard these days because so many people are open to hear something positive. If there is something you need, please let us know and we will do what we can to help you. And again, remember God is in control and you are His dearly loved child.

I’m praying for you,

Pastor Harman

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