Our elders met online Monday night (March 30). I have an update for you on
their 30-day plan for Cypress. Before I get into that …
Well done. Keep it up.
You need to know how encouraged the elders have been by you. They have
been super-encouraged! This crisis has brought out the best in our
congregation. You’ve stepped-up in so many ways, including -
- your enthusiasm over our Sunday livestreams
- your donations of non-perishable food to feed hungry families
- your eagerness to register for our new church directory
- your generosity to help one another financially
- your creativity in communicating with each other through letters, notes, phone
calls, emails, texts, posts, drive-by waves, online meetings, etc.
- your concern for one another’s physical health
- your desire to keep each
other spiritually strong through prayer and by sharing God’s Word
You’ve been inspiring. Your response to this global pandemic reminds me of a verse Joni and I read yesterday: “Meanwhile, the saints stand passionately patient, keeping God’s commands, staying faithful to Jesus” (Rev. 14:12, Message). It’s my joy to be your pastor.
The Elders’ 30-Day Plan
The elders have been working hard behind the scenes. After prayerful consideration and in light of the federal government’s call for the continuation of shelter in place until April 30, our elders have decided to continue to livestream Sunday services on Facebook and at cypresschurch.org through April. Just so you know, the elders and I don’t consider this livestream option a onefor-one substitute for gathering in our sanctuary with each other. We lose so much when we are not together. The livestream option is definitely a distant second choice. At the same time, it’s far superior than not connecting at all. My encouragement to you is this: stand passionately patient.
Easter Plans & Beyond
This Sunday (April 5) is Palm Sunday. We will complete our Kingdom Lab series on the gospel. More than 3,000 people have viewed our Kingdom Labs over the past two weeks. I’ve heard of a number of you have shared a link for these Kingdom Lab videos with those you know who aren’t yet following Jesus. What an amazing way to spread the gospel! We will livestream our Good Friday service on April 10 (6-7pm) and our Easter services on April 12 (9am & 11am). I can’t wait for the recalibration of celebrating Jesus’ death and resurrection with you this year. My soul needs it. After Easter, we will restart our study of Acts. The elder’s vision for this year remains that we experience the Holy Spirit more. If ever there was a time for us to pursue this, it’s now. We will restart with Acts 8 on April 19.
Other Important Things
Besides programming direction, the elders have been working on a number other fronts, including monitoring finances. So far we’ve been able to continue to support all our missionaries, keep our staff working, and help several needy families in our congregation. Our staff have also made dramatic expense cuts. While I’m thinking about our staff, I want to commend them to you. They have shown great agility and creativity over the last two weeks. It’s been a crash course in doing ministry exclusively online. I am proud of them. Among other things, they are working on several new projects that we hope will keep us connected and engaged as a church after Easter. You might also be interested to know that half our staff are working from home, and we have a skeleton crew on-campus to coordinate things. If you have any questions or would like more information, please call me at the church office at 831-484-2141. I’d be happy to talk with you.
To summarize: thank you for being great, we’re going to keep everything online through April, look forward to Easter, and expect some new things afterwards!
Grace and peace,