Pastor's Newsletter 17 Jun 2020 David Leo
Great News everyone!
Our church board committee met on Monday night and agreed to reopen or church building starting Sabbath 20/6/20. However, it is important that we comply with a few stipulations from the state governement to ensure the containment of the virus. Please ensure you take notice of the posters that will displayed around the church building, and signs and aarows that need to be followed also. The following directives are below:
I understand that our fellowship will be so unchurch-like, but unfortunately these are the steps we need to take so that we can open up our church building and our church mission. Our board meeting was very pleasant. We spent time in thanksgiving and also shared thoughts on how our Sabbath morning services maybe done differently for the sake of worship and mission and now that we know things can be done differently with modern technology. Perhaps spend some time in prayer and fasting this weekend to see what God wants for our church family in the city of Devonport. We are all navigating new ways of doing things. These current events are a stark reminder that we are on the verge of Jesus' return. At times like this it is easy to be overwhelmed but God's peopl are, "not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near." - Hebrews 10:25
Sabbath this week will be a Sabbath School meeting at 10am led by Pastor Ray. And a service at 11.30am which I will lead, but will ask you to participate. Make sure to bring your smart phones.
I look forward to seeing you all.
Pr David Leo
Pastor's Newsletter 05 Jun 2020 David Leo
Good Evening All,
The premier has brought stage 2 forward one week ahead of schedule. This means we can meet in a group with no more than 20 in the building/s. (This includes the hall or any seperate buildings.) Unfortunately the church needs to follow a criteria set out by the government to ensure that we are following the stipulations when we open. It is my aim to have the church opened by next Sabbath, but it will be determined by how much we are willng and able to follow the guidlines that have been set out. The board will meet ASAP and you will be informed as soon as we have resolved how we can feasibly set up for a smooth and compliant transition.
I know many of us are looking forward to getting together in person again (including myself). But please hold on a little longer so that we can all come to a reasonable recommendation so that we can fellowship and follow the government stipulations. Please do make the effort to get together and meet in other venues for the sake of fellowship and worship. In the meantime, you will hear from me soon when a decision is made. God's blessings for now. I look forward to when we can sit down together again and expore the "new normal."
What remains the same is our committment to the mission to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ to a world that desperately need Him.
Pastor David Leo
Pastor's Newsletter 06 Apr 2020 David Leo
What a crazy time it has been in the last few weeks. Easter weekend is coming up and we are heading into the fourth Sabbath where we haven't gathered together in person. As I've contaced church members by phone (not in person) it seems that this break has come as a bit of a relief. Because, it has relileved our respnsibilities on a Sabbath morning and church services (and also some programs during the week) as they've come to a stand still. This includes me! Admittedly, doing services from behind a computer is quite convenient, but I've also had to grapple with how to do it with various methods to factor in. For example, what kind of systems to use to have a clean presentation, who is my audience? Making sure messages match accordingly. etc. I prayed that God would give me insight in to what to do during this time and I belive the answers are coming hard and fast. I've woken up at 4 and 5 am on some mornings as new ideas come to mind and I have to write it down. You may hear about some of them as I filter them through the leadership and make sure it's from God.
I've been encouraged that some of our church members have been contacting others and some of you have grappled to use programs like "Zoom" as we try to communicate with one another. There will be more challenges to push your mind to learn more technical things for us to minister to one another and others. So although it seems like a bit of a holiday from church services, please remember your commitment to Christ and the calling in your lives to minister to others.
Please do your best to drop in to our website, Facebook page, emails and check your text messages to find out the how we can stay in touch and how we can share with others. Also our elders and myself are doing our best to contact you by phone to visit and encourage you all in this time.
We are currently meeting by Zoom for prayer meetings on Wednesday evenings. And check the Website to be updated on what will happen in our Sabbath services.
Below is a YouTube link to a video that I made last Sabbath. I attempt to refresh our understanding on what it means to be a living church with shut doors.
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”