Pastors & Elders update, March 28, 2020:
Before we get into our March 28th special announcement, I want you to know that the pastors and the elders are praying for you. We have divided up the 200 families of our church and are trying to contact you personally to find out how you are doing. If you are down or in despair, we are here for you. Maybe your feeling that way today. We at Parkside want to hear from you. Call the pastors or the elders. God is still in control. We will get through this.
Now for our announcements: the pastors and elders decided that all on-site activities at Parkside are suspended until April 20, including Sunday services. Remember that you can watch the Sunday service live on Facebook OR on our website Sunday afternoons by clicking on the banner marked This Sunday’s Sermon. Just a note if you don’t usually go to Facebook, you can get to our Facebook by going to parksidebible.org and click on the Facebook square in the righthand corner. The podcasts on the website won't be available until Sunday afternoon or Monday.
Pastor Justin still posts videos for children church & Pastor Reid still hosts an interactive Instagram for our teens on Fridays.
Worship with us on Wednesdays. Also, check for emails from us and send us prayer requests by clicking need prayer on the website.
The next two Sundays are very special. Palm Sunday, April 5 is a communion Sunday. I would like you and your family to be prepared to take communion by having juice and bread ready to partake together with the rest of us as you watch the live feed.
Easter Sunday, April 12 we will have the opportunity to worship together at a 10 am worship service at the Black River Drive-In. Though you’ll have to stay in your cars, we will be together. We will email you song sheets, children's church worksheets and the outline to print out OR you can pick them up at the office on Friday before Easter. We’ll send more information as we get closer to the date.
Finally, I want to share a story from Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm. He wrote: Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She’d barely said hello when "sswoopp!" Chippie got sucked in. The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum and opened the bag. There was Chippie -- still alive but stunned. Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do she reached for the hairdryer and blasted the pet with hot air. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. A few days after the trauma, a friend asked the owner how the bird was recovering. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesn’t sing much anymore -- he just sits and stares." Sucked in, washed up, and blown over. That’s enough to steal the song from the strongest heart. Maybe you are feeling like Chippie. Try not to let the circumstances of the world take away your song. We are here for you.
Please don't hesitate to contact the pastors or the elders if you need anything. Please call also if you need help in tuning in to the messages.
Pastors & Elders- COVID-19 Response:
March 14, 2020
The coronavirus is spreading and is causing panic, illness and threatening to become a strain on our nation’s medical system. The pastors and elders here at Parkside met this morning (Saturday, March 14) in order to pray, discuss and decide how the Lord would have us respond. Though you will be receiving updates regularly, here is a summary of our thoughts and decisions.
As Christians we should fear God and God alone (Deut. 10:12; I Pet. 2:17) and we should not panic because God is sovereign and always in control (Ps. 73:28). However, Christians are also called to care for those who are weak, ill and vulnerable and to love others.
To fulfill this calling, we need to do our part to help the medical establishment, the community and our fellow Parksiders. The country is attempting to slow the advance of the virus in order to not overload medical facilities and endanger the most vulnerable in our community. To help accomplish this, the following decisions have been made:
1. All Sunday morning worship services for the month of March (March 15, 22 & 29) will not meet.
2. All church-based gatherings will also not meet in March. This includes Awana, Daytimers, Youth Group, MOPS, Men’s discipleship groups, Young Married Group and all leadership meetings.
3. Life Groups can decide among themselves whether to meet offsite.
4. Though gatherings will be suspended, ! Ministry Leaders & teachers will ramp up creative ways to provide pastoral care and will provide contact & discipleship through emails, videos and other technology. Leadership teams can meet through various group meeting apps. The pastors will continue to work in the church office throughout the month as usual. The Lord’s Kingdom will continue to advance!
5. The elder board has also begun brainstorming ways to reach out to the community in the name of Christ. Though we don’t know the specific needs at this moment, please stay tuned by how you can continue to pray, give and love others within our church family and within the North Country.
These changes, sacrifices and hardships over the next month or so are not tragedies for Parkside; they are OPPORTUNITIES! Use them to show others your faith in Jesus Christ. When asked why you still have joy or why you aren’t panicking or why you are reaching out to help others, answer by sharing your faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s be resolved to let the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus Christ shine through our words and actions!
In Service to the King,
Elders and Pastors of Parkside Bible Church