In the Father’s House on Father’s Day
As you may be aware, we are resuming our in-person Sunday Gatherings this Sunday, June 21st, at the Cypress campus, including our Spanish congregation (Los Al started last week). We will be gathering at our usual times of 9am and 11am. The Spanish congregation will be meeting at 9:30am in room 209. We would love for you to join us if you are available or feel comfortable.
Things will look and feel a bit different:
Less chairs have been set up in our worship center (seating is limited to 100 people in the building)
Signs are posted per governmental guidelines
Sanitization stations are spread throughout the facility
Masks will be available for those who forget theirs
We will encourage people to greet each other in a non-touch way
We will encourage people to social-distance and to do the bulk of their interactions outside
We will not be serving food or beverages
We will not be providing separate children’s or youth ministry
We will be having singing, just asking people to keep their masks on
The 9am gathering will be live-streamed, recorded, and rebroadcast at 11am online, however we will still have a live in-person gathering at 11am, yet it will not be recorded.
If you are not ready or unable to join us in-person, that is ok. We see both our online and in-person community the same. We have made many adjustments so whether you join us in-person or online you will not only have a wonderful worshipful experience, but feel like you belong here at Neighborhood Church. Because you do! We believe God directs people like you to just the right environment so you will grow in faith, connect well with others, use your gifts and abilities, and be an active part of this church family. So, feel free to join in online or in person. If online is the best option for you, here are the options:
Iglesia Bíblica de la Comunidad / Neighborhood Spanish Gathering, please contact Pastor Manuel Gonzalez at email@example.com
As we gather in-person please be aware:
The Coronavirus, COVID-19 (COronaVIrus Disease discovered in 2019) is a very aggressive and contagious virus that is primarily transmitted person-to-person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. People assume the risks when they go outside.
In light of this, our government has asked if you feel sick or show any of the symptoms of COVID-19 (click here for symptoms) or have a temperature of over 100.4, it would be best to attend church at home, using our online option.
We also ask you comply with the posted guidelines at church and use the sanitization stations frequently.
Though there are some restrictions, something amazing happens when God’s people get together!
A Living Water Insight
A while back Kristi (my wife) and I had the honor and joy to lead a trip to the Holy Land. It was amazing to ‘walk where Jesus walked’ and see so many of the Biblical sites. A number of times we saw wells, cisterns (man-made underground water storage places), springs, rivers and lakes/seas. For a desert like environment there was a lot water. Actually, one of the great advancements of Israel is irrigation because the land there is so fertile, add just a little water and almost anything grows.
On one particular visit we were viewing an excavation of an old Jewish home. In this home was a mikvah. A mikvah is basically a bath with water flowing in and flowing out (click here to learn more about mikvahs). That flowing water was called ‘living water.’ Our guide explained that ‘living water’ is a body of water where water flows in and water flows out. The Sea of Galilee is teaming with life because it is living water. The Jordan River flows into it and the water flows out to the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is dead because nothing flows out and really nothing lives in this sea.
The lesson here is for us to thrive we need to be a place of living water. We need to constantly be taking in God’s teaching and learnings of life, along with character development and people speaking into our lives.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Yet not stopping at that, but creating opportunities to use what we learn and speak into other’s lives. This outflow keeps us teaming with life.
2 Timothy 2:2 and what you have heard from me (Paul to Timothy) in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.
The Dead Sea phenomenon can happen if we are not taking the initiative to serve, help, mentor, encourage, participate, and engage our city and the people around us.
Let’s thrive as followers of Jesus, letting His living water flow in and out of us.
Looking forward to seeing you in-person or online this Sunday,