May 5, 2020
Dear NSAC Family and Friends,
The North Springs Alliance Church elders met for their regular monthly meeting a week ago. Of course, as we have done for the last several weeks, and as many of you are doing for work responsibilities, the meeting was held online. Nonetheless, the elders began with an extended time of prayer for one another and for members of the congregation.
The chief item of business concerned NSAC plans to return to public services. Colorado’s governor moved the state to the second phase of dealing with the coronavirus, so some changes are being made. For instance, the NSAC Office will now be open and the pastoral staff is free to work in the church office if they choose to do so. Our offices are spaced well within the continued guidelines for social distancing. On the other hand, many restrictions designed to stop the spread of the virus remain in place. We are not yet free to resume Sunday morning worship services or other group gatherings.
In March VBX was postponed until late July. After consulting with Dawn concerning the program and reviewing the next stage of “re-opening” planned by the State of Colorado, the elders also made a reluctant decision to cancel VBX for 2020. In addition to the uncertainty of things, the elders were concerned about the welfare of our children and young people in addition to the many volunteers who make VBX possible.
These uncertain times have required many difficult decisions. But they have also revealed many strengths in NSAC fellowship. Members are caring for one another with the love of Christ. Our online worship services continue to grow and attract people who do not attend regularly. Zach Kenyon has discovered new musical talent that adds to the overall online worship experience. Dawn Wilkinson has done an outstanding job of keeping in touch with our young people, and many of them are sharing their faith and experience daily with one another. The children’s messages Dawn prepares for Sunday are fun to watch – even for adults. Life Groups are meeting via Zoom calls and friends are keeping in touch. We are praying for one another online and over the phone as well as in private. Some have had new opportunities to share the gospel with unbelieving family and neighbors. In other words, whether it is possible to meet on Sunday morning or not, we are still functioning as the church should.
Corporate worship is essential. Gathering for public worship is not an afterthought for our Christian experience and we plan to resume meeting together just as soon as it is feasible. But if this time of quarantine has taught us anything, it is that the Christian life is larger than the Sunday morning service.
In case you have not heard, Pastor Sweeting has been able to purchase house in a neighborhood near the church. The Sweetings are planning to move to Colorado Springs on schedule. Please continue to pray for them as they prepare to bid farewell and make the move to Colorado. It is always difficult to say goodbye to family, friends and the church one has served for many years. With very stringent health directives still in place in Pennsylvania, the circumstances have been even more stressful.
“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Eph 3:20-21)