Yesterday, we closed our building for gathering on the first day of the week in worship for the first time in the known history of our presence in this community! However, the church - it’s members - still worshiped in our homes to the same God that loves each of us, no matter if the building was open or closed. However, we certainly missed the personal fellowship with our brothers and sisters and look forward to when we gather together again!
We want to inform you that the building will continue to be closed until the current public health gathering guidelines are removed or revised where we can meet again. In the interim, we will continue to use the current YouTube online live streaming or pre-recorded worship format, and we will try to provide a hymn of praise and reference how to continue to give (see below). As expressed, we will also offer devotional videos, Bible study guides, a children’s story time with Erica Campbell, and other spiritual resources on the website for all to reference.
We are thankful for Jason’s preparation and presentation of God’s word Sunday morning and to him and Willard for providing additional resources to keep us connected to God’s word. Willard will present next Sunday’s message!
We also hope to present to our members the opportunity this week to connect through a new media platform where you can post prayer requests, any needs you may have, share some of your daily experiences at home and among your family, and just keep in touch.
In regards to your continued giving to the work at Upland to sustain our operational costs and continue to serve others through our ministries: you can give by using our online giving link on our website or mail your check directly to the building (if you need prepaid postage just call Tom). We will also be offering this week the ability to make your contribution via a text message through our current online giving administrator. Many congregations have also added this as a well received feature. However, we also understand that this current pandemic situation and its economic impact on our community may create a financial strain on you and your family!
We are also updating our phone notification system this week with a few new or changed numbers to ensure all receive our phone updates! So if you're a member and not receiving our phone notifications please call the office or Tom!
Again, if you have any need or have any questions please call any Elder, Deacon or Minister!
Let’s continue to love and encourage one another!
"Beloved let us love one another; for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God and knoweth God!” - 1 John 4:7
- The Elders at Upland Church of Christ