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Lifeline Online- weekly e-news of Lebanon Christian Church, May 27, 2020
 
Reflections- "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus Christ has given me, the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." - Acts 20:24
 
THE PASTOR'S PERSPECTIVE- 3 attachments:  ongoing prayer list....sermon outline for Sunday, Hope is Here.  Also attached is the announcement I made this past Sunday regarding the process we are working through to re-open the church doors for in-person worship services.  On Sunday, June 14th, I will be announcing when we will re-open.  We certainly want to come back together as a church family but we want to be smart about it and safe when we do so.  Please keep praying that the church leadership will receive God's wisdom in order to make the right decision.  While we are concerned about our physical health, let's also pay attention to our spiritual health.  I hope you are continuing to have a daily time of Bible reading and prayer and worshipping with us online each Sunday.  Remember church family, I love you, I miss you, I am praying for you and I am looking forward to seeing you soon!-Dennis
 
COVID-19 MINISTRY UPDATES
Online worship services, Sundays, 10:45 a.m. www.lcc-va.org 
Children's Sunday School lessons online....go to the Children's Church link
Wednesday Night Bible Study, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.  E-mail me for meeting information so you can join our study
Words of Hope daily devotional on my Facebook Live, Mon-Thurs & Saturday @ 3:00 p.m.
June 14th- announcement on when we will re-open
 
OFFERINGS....ways to give your offering during this time of online worship services:
1. give online at www.lcc-va.org
2. mail your offering.  Mailing address: Lebanon Christian Church, 421 Yorktown Road, Newport News, VA  23603
3. drop off your offering on Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon at the church building
 
SATURDAY MORNINGS PICK-UP/DROP-OFF- 10 a.m. to noon at church building
1.pick up individual communion servings
2. pick up a mask(s)
3. drop off food for THRIVE Peninsula
 
PRAYER LIST
All those affected by COVID-19
Pat Borcherding- recovering from knee surgery
Paul Cowley, skin cancer 
Bonnie Enderle, skin cancer 
Rex Gay, recovering from knee surgery
Vicki Prevatt, broken arm, awaiting surgery
Gloria Rogers, cataract surgery on June 3rd
 
OFFERING REPORT FOR MAY 24TH
General Fund-$2,201.00
Build Up The Walls- $405.00
Thanksgiving/Building Fund- $100.00
Thanksgiving/Building Fund To Date- $10,380.00

 

 5-24-2020 ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING CHURCH RE-OPENING:

I want to give you an update on the process the church board & I have been working  through in order to come to a decision on when we will be able to re-open the church building and gather in-person for worship services.

 

The most important thing we did was the first thing we did.  We prayed.  We have asked God to give us wisdom.  We have sought his guidance.

 

We have kept up-to-date on how things are progressing in our state from the mandatory stay-at-home order to now, the beginning of the re-opening of the state.  We will continue to monitor that process closely.

 

The most important factor that is driving the decision on when to re-open is your health and safety.  This is our primary concern. 

 

We have been and continue to work through a planning process that takes into consideration the following things:

  • A process for cleaning and sanitizing the building for re-opening and sanitizing the building after each service.  We also have to ensure that we have ample cleaning and sanitizing products on hand before we re-open.  Those have been ordered.
  • Having plenty of masks and hand sanitizer available.  Those items have also been ordered.
  • How to maintain proper social distancing while we are in the church building
  • Ensuring a safe experience that eliminates people touching the same objects.  For example, you will be able to receive communion and give your offering without the passing of communion trays and offering plates
  • What services we will offer once we re-open.  I can tell you that when we do re-gather that the only service that will be offered initially is the worship service.  Also, there will be no nursery, pre-school classes or Jr. Church when we first come back.  Worship will be family-style where children worship with their parents.

 

Another very important part of the decision-making process was to talk to you and get your input.  We want to know how comfortable you are in returning to the building for public worship, how soon you would feel comfortable in coming back and what we could do to increase your comfort level.  An attempt was made to call and talk to everyone.  We are sorry if we were not able to get ahold of you.  Your input is important to us.  Please feel free to call myself or any one of our board members to share your thoughts with us.  At this point, I can share with you that most of you whom we talked to favor a later re-opening date.

 

We realize that we all miss coming together and worshiping in person with each other.  That is important.  God created the church to function as a community.  And we want to get back to that as soon as it is safe for us to re-open the building in a responsible way.

 

So, though it is not ideal, we will continue with online worship services for a little while longer. Although products have been ordered, we do not as yet have the cleaning and disinfecting products, masks & hand sanitizer we need.  As I am sure you have experienced, finding, ordering and receiving such products is taking longer than normal.

 

  In 3 weeks, June 14th, I will announce when we will re-open the church building for worship services.  So there is no confusion, please let me state that June 14th is NOT the re-opening date.  June 14th is when I will announce our re-opening date.

 

We realize that this announcement may come as a disappointment.  But, out of concern for everyone’s health, we feel that it is prudent to proceed with caution and not rush the decision to return.  We believe that, by June 14th, ample time will have been given to see how safe the re-opening of our state and community goes. 

 

By June 14th we believe we will be able to make a responsible decision on when to safely re-open the church building for public worship services.  Until then, we ask for your continued patience and your prayers.

 

Grace & Peace,

Dennis

Phone #s- day-757-887-5536 evening-757-847-4506

e-mail- dennisworsham@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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Lebanon Christian Church

409 Yorktown Road

 

Newport News (Lee Hall), VA 23603

 

Phone: 757 887-5536

 

  

CCS #8003

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Nursery - High School
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Adult Bible Fellowships Sunday 9:30 AM
Morning Worship Service Sunday 10:45 AM
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