Our nation is trying to decide the best way to handle the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in real time.
As a church, we will continue to do our best to stay informed and operate by faith in God and love for others.
After much consideration and prayer, we have decided to temporarily postpone all onsite activities and
group gatherings at Meadow Creek Church until May 3. We will be making decisions about our gatherings
as more information is available and recommendations come from the Minnesota Department of Health.
Click here for their most recent news release.
As we move forward, decisions will be made not apart from, but with faith in our great God, and not in fear.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” (Psalm 46:1).
When we lack wisdom, we will ask God, “who gives generously to all without reproach,” knowing that God
will give the wisdom we need (James 1:5).
At times like these (and all the time) it is good for us to saturate our heads, hearts, and hands in God’s truth.
1. Remember that Christ is in control. Christ is the one who upholds the universe by the word of his power
(Hebrews 1:3). Surely he carries us along to his desired end in the midst of what seems like chaos.
2. Remember that we are not in control. It is sheer pride for any of us to say, for example, that we will go into a
town and make a profit. Instead we should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” (James 4:13-15).
As much as we might like to think we are sovereign beings, the truth is we live by “if the Lord wills.”
3. Trust that God is working this and all things for our good (Romans 8:28). This is not a trite saying, but a
promise we cling to until Jesus comes again. Let’s look for the good God is doing.
4. Open our hearts to the opportunity to do good. The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has given opportunity
for us to “do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10).
But this begins with a shift in our hearts from fear to faith.
5. Let’s not neglect meeting together but encourage one another (Hebrews 10:24-25). This may seem like a
contradiction to our decision not to meet collectively. In normal circumstances, maybe it would be. However,
given our abnormal circumstances, we want to encourage meeting together in small groups or other gatherings
with friends from our church. This is the way many in other cultures meet under their normal circumstances.
And we pray the we will be back together collectively very soon, if the Lord wills.
6. Continue to give to the ministry of our church. One way we can stay engaged in the life of the church is to continue giving as an act of cheerful, faith-filled worship (2 Corinthians 9:6-8). We encourage you to continuing
giving by using one of the following options: 1) give online by using the GIVE tab on our website, 2) send a check
using your offering envelope, or 3) drop off a check at the church office. Let’s keep our financial resources strong
so we can be prepared to minister in deed and truth (1 John 3:16-18).
7. Look for ways to love one another in the church and love our neighbors outside the church (1 John 3:11; Matthew 22:39). Check in on each other, especially our elderly members. Look for ways to serve your neighbors
by meeting practical needs and praying with them, pointing to Christ as our hope. Love them by “doing good” to
them as opportunities arise. Right now, we are seeking to do good by not meeting corporately in an effort to help
blunt the curve of the pandemic. But we do not know what the days ahead hold for us. Let’s pray that God would
show us ways to love and do good, even if that means putting our own health in jeopardy.
8. Seek opportunities to share the gospel. The best “good” we can do for anyone is this: “always being prepared
to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15). Our hope is in Christ. Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension, and soon return is the message everyone needs to hear. Let’s
pray for opportunities to share this hope as we cling to Christ ourselves in the coming days.
We will keep our church family informed by email and the church website as new information becomes available
and decisions are made. God reigns over the nations and sits on his heavenly throne (Psalm 47:8). Dear ones,
let’s cast our anxieties on him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7)!
With Much Love in Christ,