(Updated Monday, 3/16/20 5:00 PM)
Over a month ago, I began reminding us that we are pilgrims. This life is a sojourn, and we’re on our journey home.
Little did I realize what a difference a few weeks could make.
This is not a time for a holiday with God. We need to return to the Lord with all our hearts!
So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm. (Joel 2:13)
What a golden time it can become if we, as God’s people, return to the Lord with all our hearts!
It’s time to pray like never before. Below you will find links to prayer resources.
Here’s what’s happening:
- Our weekend worship services have moved FULLY ONLINE.
- You can download our Coronavirus Prayer Guide here. CLICK HERE
- Our weekday gatherings are put ON HOLD, as we scramble to to put as much of our ministry online as possible. STAY TUNED!
- No youth, children’s, or adult events will occur on campus.
- If you need prayer, please visit our ONLINE PRAYER WALL. The prayer requests are sent to our staff and prayer team. CLICK HERE
- Wash your hands and stay safe.
- Join us next weekend for our ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICES! And share the good news with your friends and neighbors by inviting them to join us too!
You are in our prayers.
May God strengthen you and provide for you on the journey ahead.
In His Matchless Grace,
P.S. You can always find out more about happenings at pathwaychurch.life
(Updated Friday, 3/13/20 11:00 AM)
Dear Pathway Church Family,
You may have heard about a little virus called coronavirus. You may have also heard that it is spreading like wildfire — something we know all too well.
I can’t recall the last time I have agonized over a decision as much as this one. Should we cancel our in-person services this weekend and do everything online or not?
I feel that, while the fear makes sense, a lot of it is manufactured, and that a fair degree of the current panic is almost irrational — just take a look at the toilet-paper aisles.
The early church still gathered, even tough there were thugs waiting to put them to death if they were found out. As A. W. Tozer said, “A scared world needs a fearless church!”
At the same time, a scared world needs a wise and discerning church. Wisdom is telling me that this virus spreads through social contact, and that our leaders are asking us to reduce that. Wisdom also tells me that older adults are especially vulnerable, and that any age can spread the virus.
Wisdom also tells me that the infrastructure and volunteer corps we need to conduct our weekend schedule is larger and more complex than most people realize, and that too many unforeseen difficulties can arise.
It isn’t fear, for me. It’s wisdom.
So, with a knot in my stomach, — and honestly with a measure of anger over the devil’s disruption of our lives — I am making the call for this weekend only, March 14-15, 2020, to offer our weekend worship services online only.
I am also issuing a CALL TO PRAYER… please download our prayer guide. I’m asking you to use this daily in your personal prayer.
I am asking you to go to church online, worship online, and give online this weekend… and to kick the devil in the teeth over this thing, and join us online for our Worship Gathering with Pastor Bill, Pastor Ken, and Pastor Tim to praise our God.
Many of you faithfully give, for which we are so appreciative. Because we will not be gathering this weekend, we’d like to encourage you to give online.
This is a fantastic time to invite others to tune in for a message of hope in these uncertain times. Just as the early church met in caves and sheltered places, today we can meet online. Let’s do it!
As we evaluate which ministries should continue, and which should take a break, we are asking you to CHECK OUR WEBSITE and SOCIAL MEDIA PAGES frequently for the latest updates.
We will also continue to email you updates. We’re in a situation none of us has been in before and things are changing day by day.
Have you seen the movie Apollo 13? At one point there is an incident where the flight director overhears two NASA directors discussing the low survival chances for the crippled spacecraft. One of them says, “This could be the worst disaster NASA has ever experienced.”
The flight director responds, “With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our finest hour.”
I’m praying the same will be true for every believer in Jesus as we reflect his love and compassion to those around us.
Because, yes, “A scared world needs a fearless church.”
So this is not about cancelling church, or wimping out, or having a church holiday. It’s about being wise as serpents and staying on mission even as the Giant Pain Machine of our fallen world spits and fumes.
The Lord is not surprised by any of these events; let’s join him in helping people find and follow God.
In His Matchless Grace,
Dr. Bill Giovannetti