I hope that in this time of uncertainty and challenge, you are doing well. The past 10-14 days at the church have been a fast and wild ride in which we’ve had to learn how to remain connected, serve our community, and still gather weekly as the body of Christ.
I want to reach out to you all for a few reasons. The first is our Sunday services. Starting this week, and for the foreseeable future you will be able to join in on our live stream in a few different places. Last Sunday we used Facebook as our only platform as well as for broadcasting. And it worked okay, this week we have learned a lot more about live streaming and we have our own platform now. This week you will be able to join us on Facebook, AND/OR through the National Grassroots Broadcast Network (NGBN). Ian Hill from NGBN has graciously allowed us our own channel on that network, Darren Melton who works with NGBN spent some time training me this week. (Perhaps you saw the training video?) This will be easy for those of you with Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Firestick. To join us through this medium, simply go to the app store, and search for NGBN. The icon will look like the picture below. Once you find it, download it, then open it up. We’ll be in the “faith” section.
I would encourage you to get this downloaded and try it out before Sunday so that any issues can be worked out. Another benefit of working with NGBN is that every live stream we do will remain on our page and be “on demand” if you need to watch at a different time, or maybe you just want to watch it again…
If you will be watching on Facebook, simply go to “The Bridge Spanish Springs” Facebook page. When the video shows as “live”, click on it, sit back and relax.
If you decide to join us by watching on NGBN, you can still also join us on Facebook. I’ll be taking questions and prayer requests throughout the broadcast. If you have issues getting on any of these platforms, please do not hesitate to call me.
Next, I’d like to talk about the church’s finances. The COVID 19 outbreak has affected all of us in some way. A lot of people are out of work and may be struggling to make ends meet. It’s true, times are tough right now. Remember, we serve a great God and this is not His first pandemic. I can’t say for certain when this will end, but what I can say for certain is that God is in control, He’s got a plan and as hard as it may be we need to place our hope and trust in Him.
Last week’s giving was good, our churched received a bit over $1500 in our general offering. Even though our 2020 Growth Campaign is on hold until this ends, with last week’s giving we have raised $10,100! God is good! Thank you so much for giving not only your financial resources, but your time too!
Since we are not meeting, the best way to give is to give online through our website: www.thebridgereno.com. At the top of the main page just to the right you’ll see where to click to give. If you have questions or issues giving, just give me a call.
Finally, even though we are separated we can still be together. You can join us on Sundays at 10:30am. You can also join a small group. Right now, each of our three groups are meeting through video chat. I think remaining connected is one of the most important things we can do. Remember to reach out to those people you would normally talk to Sunday morning with a phone call, or video call.
Yes, we’re in some unprecedented times, but the mission of our church, and the vision of our church remain the same – To build bridges for people to know Jesus, and to be highly valued in our community. Please continue to pray with us, for our leadership. From the president all the way down to our local officials. All of us are dealing with something we’ve never had to deal with before and it’s in times like this we need God more than ever.
In closing, I’d like to leave with some encouragement as we continue to live through these uncertain times… In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus talks about worry, anxiety, etc… this is a good reminder for all of us today.
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25-34)
In a nutshell what Jesus is saying is when you seek God first, everything else falls into place. If God takes care of the birds, He will most certainly see to it that His children get what they need.
If you have needs, please do not hesitate to call me, if you know of someone who has needs, call me. As I said before, our mission, and vision have not changed. God is still on the throne, and Jesus is still the savior.