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COVID-19 Update 4/1/2020

April Fool’s Day doesn’t quite seem the same this year. Perhaps the corona-virus makes me feel we’ve already had this day for the last month!
 
As we are changing, adapting, reworking, maneuvering, and twisting to reestablish a sense of normalcy in the middle of quarantining, I wanted to write an update:

  1. We anticipate staying digital for a while. Yup, even on Easter. We will broadcast a premiere showing every week at 9:30 until our quarantine is over. After that airs, you are able to watch it anytime (webpage, YouTube, app, Facebook). What’s fun is that we can all do Easter together (and you can wear your pajamas)
  2. Good Friday Service: 6pm online. Details to follow about how to pick up pre-packaged juice/wafers for communion (or you can do your own)
  3. We are actively trying to connect—in different ways. From video venues, to phone calls, to Facebook—we are actively trying to connect with you. Please know that you can connect with us—we would love to pray with you, help you or even help you serve (in appropriate ways)
  4. Pray for the Mercer Creek Childcare Center—one of the biggest opportunities we have in this season is to be able to host the school district who will be joining our daycare with kids from first responders (police, firefighters, nurses, etc.)  We believe this is an honor to help them at this time. Please pray that all the shuffling that has to be done—and the new procedures that have to be followed--will create a safe environment for kids.
  5. Pray for your neighbors—I have connected with more neighbors this last couple of weeks—it has been amazing. Pray for opportunities to be a blessing on your ‘block’.

 
If you’re like me, this change has been a massive inconvenience. Here’s my challenge to you to fight that: be grateful. Everyday, be grateful. Appreciate what God has given you. Appreciate who He is. Appreciate the gifts you have in your life. Paul said it very well:
 
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will  for you in Christ Jesus.  1 Thessalonians 5
 
Miss you, praying for you,
 
Todd

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COVID-19 Update 3/16/2020

Mercer Creek,

We are living in interesting times. Who would have thought that phrases like ‘social distancing’, ‘flattening the curve’, and COVID-19 would even be part of our vocabulary?
 
When the coronavirus started we committed to following government suggested guidelines and mandates. And, even though we are sad about where this is headed, we are unflinching in our resolve to uphold this commitment.
 
Starting today, Mercer Creek is suspending our public gatherings. We will not have weekend services or mid-week ministries and our offices will be closed. We are not starting the new church until this pandemic has different parameters.
 
We intend to hold to government restrictions so that we can join in the solution and not be a problem. Here’s what you need to know: we are not afraid, we are not angry, and we don’t see this as the end of the world as we know it. This is an obstacle, and we fully intend to use this obstacle as an opportunity.
 
Our prayer is simply this: Lord Jesus, give us wisdom to be a blessing in Kittitas County during this whole pandemic. How will we move forward?

  1. We will provide weekend services….online. It will be available on multiple platforms (Website, Facebook, YouTube). It may look and feel a little different without an audience, but we want to continue worshipping together, digitally!
  2. We are looking for opportunities. Very soon on our website we will have three ways to get plugged in: prayer, serving, and getting help (for you or a neighbor).
    • We hope to pray specifically for people—even calling people who need prayer during this difficult season. There is so much peace (and power) through prayer—and we want to call on God even more in the middle of this crisis.
    • We are asking that available people will sign up to serve (with one other person or with their family), to keep advancing the mission of the church or helping those in our community who are in distress during this time. We have many work projects at our two campuses and we will have many opportunities to serve our community. Let us know how you are available to serve!
    • We want to be able to help those who are struggling with the effects of this isolation by letting needs be known and matching needs with those who have volunteered to help. We want to be great neighbors to our whole county
  3. Currently our leadership is figuring out how to provide resources for each of our ministries without having to gather (kids, youth, SALT, adults, etc.). Pray for our staff and ministry leaders who are desiring to be creative and helpful in this difficult season provide meaningful and helpful resources.

Church, there has never been something quite like this before. And that’s OK. We are going to advance God’s Kingdom even if we can’t do that in a large group gathering. I know this isn’t preferable, but remember that great suggestion to the church in Philippi:
 
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4)
 
Where do you go for current information?

  1. Mercer Creek website: www.mercercreek.org
  2. Mercer Creek Facebook page—just like the page to get updates

 
For the Mercer Creek Staff,
 
Todd

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COVID-19 Update 3/13/2020

The leadership of Mercer Creek is committed to being flexible and participate with our government. Per the recommendation of the Kittitas County Public Health Department, we will voluntarily cancel public gatherings over 250 people.  Therefore, we are adjusting, again, what’s happening this weekend:
 
·  We will have an 8am service. We will not be offering any children’s ministry. This service is consistently under 250 people and we anticipate it will remain the same this weekend. If you do not typically attend the 8am service, please don't.
 
·  We will cancel the 9:30 and 11:00am services. We want to follow suggested recommendations. You will be able to find our service on our web page, app and Facebook page after the 8am service.
 

Obviously, this isn’t our ideal, but we believe we need to be smart, follow suggested government recommendations, and offer what we believe to be our best option. We will continue to evaluate government recommendations as regards to our weekend services and mid-week programming. At this time, we have not canceled the upper county work party, Sunday evening prayer meeting or any mid-week programs.
 
During this time, we encourage you to stay connected by  participating in your small group, attending mid-week programs, giving your tithes and offerings online or on the app, and loving your neighbor as yourselves.
 
Thank you for understanding! Be smart, be safe, be wise,
 
In faith,
 
Todd