Updated: March 31st, 2020
Dear Our Saviour Family,
I’m praying daily for our church during these difficult times. On behalf of the Staff and Elders, we all want you to know how grateful we are for your prayers, messages of encouragement, and the ways you are seeking to love and serve one another. The Elders have shifted to meeting (online) weekly. The staff is meeting (online) daily. We appreciate your patience and grace as we balance two primary tasks. First, we are learning how to do ministry that is meant to be done together while we have to be apart. Our streaming services and online communications were always meant to help those who could not be with us in person. Now, they are for everyone. Secondly, we are becoming aware of the differences, not just in ministry practice, but in ministry focus. People always need greater dependence on Christ, but our collective need for him is seen more acutely now than in many of our lifetimes.
Here are some updates, reminders, and new ways we are seeking to build up our church family during these days:
1) All services, ministries, and in-person meetings are suspended per the “Stay at Home” order issued by Governor Pritzker. Our building is closed. This will continue until the order is lifted AND the Elders deem it safe and wise to return to in-person meetings. This order is currently in effect until April 30th, but could be extended by the Governor at any time. If you are ever unsure of whether or not we are meeting you can always check for the latest information here on our website.
2) I am leading an online bible study through the book of 1 Peter on Wednesday nights at 7pm. We will meet via Zoom. Instructions for how to access Zoom can be found here.
The meeting ID will be emailed out. If you have not received this email make sure to contact us.
The Bible study will last for approximately 45 minutes. The first 25-30 minutes will focus on study, with the last 15-20 minutes reserved for Q&A. 1 Peter is about trusting Christ in difficult circumstances.
3) Each Friday that we are not meeting together in-person we will have a 30-40 minute prayer meeting via Zoom. To learn more about that meeting make sure to check out the post.
My prayer for our church today is that we would set our hope on God, not forget his works, and keep his commandments (Psalm 78:7). God has done mighty things in the past and he is always good to his people. Take some time today to remember his work in your life. His promises are true. He is with us! If I can help you, council you, or pray for you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. I love you.
Your brother in Christ,