Posts with the tag “coronavirus”

Sharing Your Faith
by Miriam Rossow on July 28th, 2020
Sharing our faith can be difficult and sometimes scary. We might be afraid of rejection. We might be afraid of saying the wrong the thing. We might not feel like we have the ability to speak eloquently or even if we can speak well, we might feel like we just don't have anything to offer. The beautiful thing is as the body of Christ, as followers of Jesus we each have been given the Holy Spirit. Jesus through the Holy Spirit has called us to Himself and to follow Him. He has given us insights and belief. Jesus and the Holy Spirit work a beautiful miracle in our lives every day. This is worth sharing.  Read More
Crisis Management 2020
by Miriam Rossow on July 20th, 2020
Wikipedia defines crisis management as the process by which an organization (in our case a church) deals with a disruptive and unexpected event that threatens to harm the organization or its stakeholders (members). Let’s see…has there been anything in the last, say in the last 4 months, that individually and collectively we have dealt with that was unexpected and disruptive?? Um….can you say Covid19? The above Wikipedia definition pretty much describes my life lately, as I’m sure it does yours. Disruptive, unexpected and maybe even threatening at times.   Read More
Family of God Podcast
by Miriam Rossow on July 15th, 2020
Coronavirus and social unrest have had Pastor Hill and I thinking about how we can better serve our community and better serve our volunteers. The pandemic and shutdown have given us a lot of time to explore other avenues of doing ministry. Obviously, there is the street ministry that many of you are up to date on and the continuing food ministry. We also took some time during the pandemic to explore technological ministry, as so many other churches have, and began putting services, discussions, devotions, and sermons on our Facebook page.  Read More
Return to Worship Task Force Update
by Miriam Rossow on July 10th, 2020
Almost two months ago, the Church Council appointed a task force to develop guidelines for 1) getting our staff safely back to work in the office and 2) getting our congregation safely back to corporate worship. We’re writing to share an update of our work since our first letter to you last month.   Read More
Where are the Ferrys?
by Miriam Rossow on July 7th, 2020
Often during the summer, missionaries get to come home, visit family and friends, visit churches thanking them for their support and letting them know a little more about how Jesus is working in and through them. This summer everything is different. Flights in and out of countries are hard to find. Churches are not open the way they have been in the past. Having a lunch or large gathering is not as simple as saying come and join us during these times. The Ferry's children had many reactions to the news that they would not be headed to the states this summer. Here is an excerpt from a note they sent and a video from the children sharing some feelings and a blessing for you.   Read More
Re-Opening of the Early Childhood Program
by Miriam Rossow on June 5th, 2020
Read more about our plan and procedure for re-opening during the pandemic.   Read More
A Returning Truth
by Miriam Rossow on June 5th, 2020
When Jesus went back to His home in heaven, He promised to get a place ready for us so we can live with Him forever someday. In this lesson we will learn about the new heaven and earth and some things that are and are not there.  Read More
Welcome Back to your Father's House
by Miriam Rossow on June 4th, 2020
Being responsible in our decisions and practices we are now at a point where we can resume in-person worship services at Christ Our Savior! If you’re like many, it feels like it’s been a really long time since we could gather in fellowship in-person, encouraging one another as we sing praises to the risen Lord. Why is that? Because it has been – almost 3 months!  Read More
Connection during a pandemic
by Miriam Rossow on May 8th, 2020
Staying connected during a pandemic and a sheltering in place order is very difficult. As we continue to shelter in place, caring for, and protecting ourselves and our neighbors, a while longer life like this can be disheartening, depressing, and difficult. We pray that the ways that Christ Our Savior has worked to resource you and to support you have been beneficial and a blessing to you.   Read More
Emotionally Settled? How are you doing?
by Miriam Rossow on April 24th, 2020
Being under quarantine with heavy social restrictions might be physically health-preserving during this time of a serious, highly contagious disease spread, but it is not emotionally healthy. We humans long for human contact. When God created man, He said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”   Read More
Loss and Gain
by Miriam Rossow on April 7th, 2020
So much has been lost because of this pandemic. So many people are grieving relationships that have been affected as we seclude ourselves, people are sick and even die. People have lost work and income. People have lost activities and vacations. Amid the loss there have been things that have been gained.   Read More
A Different Holy Week
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
This year will be different. This year we find ourselves in a place that we have never experienced. We have never found our selves in a time when for the safety of the people we as a church have been asked to not gather together. It may feel like a violation of our rights (we can discuss that at a different time), but for now the right thing to do is to follow the recommendations and stay home. The right thing to do feels very strange and unknown for us.  Read More
The Triumphal Entry
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
This Sunday is Palm Sunday which marks the first day of Holy Week. We remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people there waving palm branches and shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”  Read More
Count Your Blessings
by Miriam Rossow on April 3rd, 2020
It is easy for people to become bitter and frightened in these circumstances and many will blame God. God’s Word tells us of a better way. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17). These verses give us actions that will enable us to overcome the worst circumstances.  Read More
Celebrate Holy Week at Home
by Miriam Rossow on April 1st, 2020
As we prepare for a Holy Week that is like nothing we have ever experienced before we want to provide you with resources to make your Holy Week meaningful and special. Read A Different Kind of Holy Week for some thoughts on this Holy Week experience. We will be posting services that will not be the same as if we were in person and will be beneficial to you and your family. Use these activities and resources to supplement and make your Holy Week experience deeper. Look for Jesus in your week and for what He might be teaching and showing you in your life.  Read More
Family of God vs. Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on April 1st, 2020
By Rev. Tyler Cronkright As if Family of God wasn’t unique enough. As many churches are taking a break from regular gatherings, Family of God has followed suit and has had to get creative with the ways that we do ministry on a regular basis. Our fellowship hall, which regularly held close to 100 people on any given night, is empty. Our beautiful sanctuary, where many people gather every Wednesday ...  Read More
Prayer
by Miriam Rossow on March 20th, 2020
God wants us to pray. He wants us to talk to Him. We do not need to go anywhere special; we do not need anything, not even a phone, to do that. Wherever we are we can just start talking to God. We can do that out loud or in our heads – He hears us both ways. He is always listening to us; He wants to hear what we have to say because He loves and cares for us.  Read More
Worship, Activities, & the Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on March 16th, 2020
At the same time, we want to take heed of what is being advised by those in authority. We want to care for our neighbors by not sharing germs unnecessarily. Your Pastors, staff, and leadership do not take any of these decisions lightly. We understand and want you to understand that we believe sharing Word and Sacrament ministry is important, beneficial, and necessary. We will continue this Word and Sacrament ministry although we do not know what it will look like right now. We have a desire and commitment to serve our church family and those that are in our community with the life-giving message of Jesus, in Word and deed. We believe that we can both serve our family and community while also being considerate of our neighbors. Until further notice we are suspending all our weekly activities including our Wednesday Lenten meals and services as well as Sunday morning Worship, Sunday School, and Bible Study.  Read More
Our Response to the Coronavirus
by Miriam Rossow on March 13th, 2020
While on this earth, in the middle of sin, brokenness, and illness, we are called to trust and hope in Jesus as our strength and provider and we are called to care for and love all of creation. As this virus spreads, we are called to heed the advice of those placed around us. We are not called to panic or lose hope. We know that this virus is spread through personal contact. We also know that those with compromised immune systems and who are elderly are more susceptible to the adverse effects of the virus. Christ Our Savior has put into effect some measures to help stop the spread of the virus as best we can while also keeping our trust in the Lord.  Read More
Planning even in the unknown
by Miriam Rossow on March 12th, 2020
So, it is with the current issue of the Coronavirus. We have been told by all the experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best health prevention entity in the world, that we need to prepare for the corona virus. We need to plan. That doesn’t mean we are going to become infected, but we could. Or our children and grandchildren who are at a minimal risk of becoming ill could become carriers of the virus to their grandparents or others.  Read More
Being Smart and Being Prepared
by Miriam Rossow on March 9th, 2020
At Christ Our Savior we know that Jesus is our source of all comfort. We are also aware that God gives us a responsibility to live in this world and look for Him as we respond to the joys and hurts of life. So as we consider the new threat of the Coronavirus we want to take precautions and measures to help keep everyone safe.  Read More
Source of all Comfort
by Miriam Rossow on March 4th, 2020
Please remember that we who take refuge in the Lord are not exempt from these kinds of dangers, including the coronavirus and many others. We, like all the rest of creation, are living in a time where sin has a hold on us. Hurt, sickness, pain, brokenness, and even death are part of our everyday lives. Even in the midst of our sin and the brokenness of this world God promises to be with us.   Read More

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