Update from Pastor Mooneyham - April 17

April 17, 2020 | by: Isaac Mooneyham | 0 comments

Posted in: Community Ministry

Logo_blueWake Chapel membership,

During these past few weeks, the routine of our lives have changed.  I’m hearing that some of you have more time on your hands, while others of you are busier than ever before.  By necessity most of us have needed to learn new skills, say in technology, to keep ourselves connected.  And perhaps we’ve also rediscovered a few low-tech standbys, like puzzles or board games, to help us pass the time.  Maybe you’re brushing up on your cooking skills.  Maybe you’re reading a wonderful book.  Maybe your kids are driving you nuts.  Maybe you’re lonely.

Whatever your situation, it’s been five weeks since we were able to meet together as a church family.  That, for me, is the biggest “different” thus far—and its becoming harder with each passing day.  Our Bibles teach us from front to back that we were made for community, first with our Creator, and then with each other. But now I do believe that we’ve been given a chance to learn that truth in earnest.

I want to thank each of you for your faithfulness through this new chapter.  I want to thank you for your faithfulness to each other, in keeping in touch, encouraging each other, praying with each other, calling, texting, writing each other, sending cards, delivering care packages, and even drive-by visits complete with air horns!

Thank you for faithfully meeting with your Sunday school classes over Zoom connections.  Though the experience is certainly different than meeting together in your classroom, preserving that aspect of church family is truly priceless.  Thank you for making this Easter Sunday what I think will have been (if we count the livestream attendance the way YouTube tells us) the largest Easter Sunday we’ve ever had—a number we couldn’t fit in our building if we wanted to.

Thank you for your faithful giving.  Year-to-date, we are making budget.  This allows us to keep on keeping on.  Our missionaries are supported, staff is compensated, bills are paid, and the approved projects to ready ourselves for growth are in full swing.  In fact, it looks as if all the improvements to the fellowship hall for maximizing our overflow capacity may be complete before we gather again. 

Your faithfulness in each of these areas has given your staff the opportunity to work on a few special projects during this time as well.  For the past few weeks we’ve been working on cleaning up our communications and database processes.  We’re making some changes that will involve an overhaul of the way we keep records and information regarding our membership.  Be on the lookout for an email in the coming days describing how you can help us make sure your family’s information (address, phone numbers, etc.) are correct and up to date.

These changes, once completed, will go a long way in providing the information necessary to complete a few other projects that have been needed for some time like a refreshed website, and an online membership directory. 

Finally, I would also like to announce, now that we have a large part of our congregation familiar with Zoom connections, I am ready to begin holding a Wednesday evening meeting.  This online meeting will be a temporary replacement of our usual Wednesday evening prayer meeting and Bible study.  We’ll have to be creative in how we handle our prayer time together, but I’m sure we’ll have some good ideas along the way.  We plan to host the first Wednesday Zoom meeting at 6:30pm, Wednesday, April 22nd.  We will email the meeting invitation to you first of next week at the latest.

Again, thank you all, in the throws of uncertainty, for being the hands and feet of Christ as we face this our task unfinished that is to know Him and make Him known.

Gratefully yours,

    isaac_sig

Pastor Isaac Mooneyham

9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:9-10

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