Colossians 4:2-5 "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity."
Dear North River Church family,
Our priority at North River is the spiritual and physical safety of our church family. We want to do all that we can to create an environment where we can stay connected, encouraged, and growing spiritually during this time and still help people get to know the good news of Christ and His kingdom. All of you are in our prayers and we know that you will let your light shine in your neighborhoods and homes in the days and weeks to come. Tom & Jeff will be sending a personal video message and perspective later this afternoon, but we wanted to bring everyone up to date with our plans.
Yesterday, Georgia’s Governor recommended that community leaders consider closing daycares and schools and both Cobb County and Marietta City Schools have shut down their schools indefinitely, effective Monday due to COVID-19 concerns. Most extracurricular programs (sports teams, after school programs, Girl Scouts, other public gatherings, etc.) also chose to cease activities for the near future. Accordingly, we are suspending all of our physical meetings for the month of March (all church services, Gym activities, Women’s Day activities, and other large public gatherings) effective immediately. Women’s Day will be re-scheduled, likely in the Fall. We will communicate changes through our website at www.nrcoc.org and on our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram).
We will be worshipping together at 11am on Livestream this Sunday and throughout the month of March (a time when we can reach the majority of our congregation). THERE WILL BE NO WORSHIP SERVICE AT OUR NORTH RIVER BUILDING. In addition, we will begin doing more things online and on social media. We encourage you to worship together and commune with us via the NR Facebook page or on our website. You should prepare to have communion in your homes.
You have 2 ways to access our virtual service:
We encourage everyone to join us "live" at 11, but if for some reason you are unable to do this, you can access the recording at any point on our website at nrcoc.org or on our FB page (North River Church of Christ). There is also a wealth of other sermons, services and information on the website.
We will be contacting you primarily via e-mail, thus, it is important to update your contact information. If everyone in your small group is not getting this information, please send this e-mail and, if needed, help them to enter their information using the following links:
If you have any questions about the form or setting up your online giving, email email@example.com
Please use discretion if you are meeting in small groups during the week or on Sunday (many groups will meet virtually). Just remember that children and others can be carriers of a virus, even if not showing symptoms of a virus. We want to take extra precautions to protect our elderly members and any members with an underlying condition, as they are more susceptible.
We are grateful and thankful for those of you praying for the needs of those at risk and affected by coronavirus. We ask that you continue to pray, fast and meditate on God’s word. God can work powerfully at this time as He loves and cares for this world well beyond our capacity to understand.
Here are some useful links for staying informed about the COVID-19 virus:
Just remember that our most useful link of all is our direct access to a relationship with the unseen God who created the visible universe:
Heb 10: 19-23 “Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
North River Church of Christ
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
North River’s leaders and healthcare
Tonight a NR Coronavirus Task Force is meeting to finalize our plans. We are now able to communicate via Tithely with exactly 83% of our members (we have 900 emails registered). In order to maximize and simplify communication, we encourage all members to update their membership information including their e-mail address with this form. We will be providing ongoing communication to everyone during the next few weeks in regards to services, Kid’s Kingdom, and special events.
At both Sunday services we will be communicating to the church our recommendations, precautions and contingency plans. LiveStream is available also for those who cannot attend. Below are the action items we are already implementing to protect our members, guests, and staff:
If you are sick, we ask that you stay home and get some much-needed rest in order to be back with your church family soon. In addition, there are many in our fellowship with health challenges that could be at risk if you decide to attend. We ask that the same precautions be taken with your children as our North River kids are at risk as well.
The CDC has issued some recommendations about what you can do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy. This includes:
NORTH RIVER’S SPIRITUAL RESPONSE
This health care crisis is an ongoing fluid situation, but it is also an opportunity for Jesus’ disciples to shine. Together God’s church can be the light during this darkness by praying for the world, for our churches in severely contaminated areas, for the most vulnerable, the poor and the elderly. We can also reach out to our families, friends and neighbors with genuine love and concern
. There is SO MUCH we can do through calls, FaceTime, acts of service. An outward focus protects our hearts from fear and worry. God can use this powerfully if we simply SHINE!
As Christians, we want, need and depend on God's protection to keep us and our families safe from harm. The scriptures give us comfort knowing that He is active and attentive. Sometimes God's protection comes in the form of peace and strength in the middle of anxiety or danger. And sometimes God's protection comes as an event because he sees something on the horizon that we cannot see. The following verses from the Psalms are assurances and promises to help guide us spiritually as we meet this challenge with faith and prepare to minister to our community as His representatives and ambassadors.
Ps 20:1-2 May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion.
Ps 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
Ps 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea
Ps 57:1 Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 also will guard hearts and minds in the days ahead.
God is faithful and His North River family will be as well. Much love and respect,
the North River leadership team