Penny Ellwood

Blue Springs Enote

Resurrection Blue Springs Response to Coronavirus

Posted Mar 13, 2020

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Greetings Resurrection Blue Springs,

I’m sure many of you have read Pastor Adam’s enote by now and know that we will not be holding any but online services this weekend. As you can imagine, this was a difficult decision to make but we are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

I know that this may seem fast and out-of-proportion and disorienting to some but we must all do our part to help slow this virus down so that our medical community can keep up and provide the best of care for every person who becomes ill. This article from Michigan Health explains well the benefits of slowing the spread of coronavirus and how it will help.

This is an unprecedented time, at least for our lifetime. It calls us to think outside the box and to find ways to be the church and care for one another outside our norms. We’re all in this together and rather than becoming isolated, fearful and anxious we need to think creatively about how we might be the light of Christ for others. This is an opportunity for us to come together as a community.

You can help by doing all the prudent steps of hand washing, avoiding large gatherings and staying home if you are sick. You can also help by cooking or shopping or doing errands for someone who needs to stay home. You can help by watching someone’s children if their school or daycare closes. You can order take-out from a local restaurant. You can check in with someone who might be more isolated due to health or age factors or who don’t have internet connections.

Certainly praying, as Pastor Adam suggested in his enote, for those who are ill or those caring for others is foremost. You can ask yourself, “What can I and my family do to help?” Rather than thinking about your dismantling plans, try to see yourself as part of something bigger. This is our time to shine.

At times like these we need to heed Paul’s advice from his letter to the Phillippians, “Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). I’ve no doubt that God will use this opportunity to work in ways we have not yet imagined.

Our leadership team is carefully monitoring this situation and we will make decisions week by week. We will have our Serve Day tomorrow as planned at Baby Grace, although we will meet at the location and not carpool. We will not be serving families but preparing the change over from fall to spring in their clothes closet. Our Wednesday night Lenten study of The Walk will not meet. I would encourage small groups to consider meeting in homes or to watch the online study from our Leawood campus.

In worship this weekend, we are shifting focus to a message on being Unafraid in light of COVID-19. Plan to join us online as we consider some of the passages that speak to faith and finding peace in the face of our fears. As a community, let’s worship together and put our trust in God.

I love you all and am praying for you.

Pastor Penny

Penny Ellwood

Penny Ellwood

Rev. Penny Ellwood is the Campus Pastor at Resurrection Blue Springs.