COVID-19 Update from Pastor Shane

COVID-19 Update from Pastor Shane

Dear WEAG Family,

I have been in continual communication with our church leadership, some of our doctors, and monitoring all that our civic leaders and elected officials recommend. After much prayer and consultation, it is the collective wisdom of our Pastors, Elders and Deacons to change the way that we worship this week, with consideration for the near future. We must do what love requires of our church and community right now. For this reason, we will not be gathering at our physical location this Sunday. This does NOT mean we will not gather for worship. Please join us at weag.online for an incredible worship experience. Share this link with friends and family and encourage them to join us. Use the online chat function to send us your prayer requests and interactions during the worship and the sermon. We do not make this decision out of fear but out of love for those who may be vulnerable in our community.

Jesus said that He will build HIS Church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. Therefore, over thousands of years, the church has advanced the Gospel during times of greatest crisis. We are talking and praying through how our church can best respond during this crisis to reach many new people for the Lord. Not having a physical meeting place is a start in ministering to the most vulnerable in our community. However, we now have a chance to promote a new way to attend church online in a city without many churches to attend this week. We can’t unknowingly spread the virus, so we will be closing our building this week for all gatherings. Please watch for communication from the individual ministry you are involved in for further instructions. And pray as we talk about how to minister to those who have been directly affected or who are paralyzed with worry. This is an opportunity to be a city on a hill and reflect His light in the darkness. Our building is closed but we are open for ministry and although we do not gather in our building for worship, we absolutely gather in worship as a community. I will communicate later in the week with any new updates regarding future weeks.

And finally, as I mentioned to you in my earlier email, I will continue our series this Sunday, Time of Your Life, discussing those seasons of life that don’t go as planned. My focus for this Sunday was originally for those in a season of divorce; however, I believe our city and church need to hear what God says about walking through a season of uncertainty, battling fear and welcoming peace. The Holy Spirit is my ultimate guide for our sermon topics. He is in control of what is said and taught each week from our pulpit. Please be in prayer for God to speak to the thousands who will gather at weag.online this Sunday and join us there.

Blessings,
Shane