Good afternoon. In our last congregational letter, the elders of MCC announced to you that we would close the church for two weeks in response to the coronavirus. After much consideration and prayer, the elders of MCC have decided to continue to close church operations for another six weeks. This means all in-person church functions that we had planned are cancelled (worship service, bible studies, potluck, etc.). This is in compliance with the law, as our state and local governments have followed the recommendations of the CDC and banned gatherings greater than 50 people. As of right now, we do not expect to be back in church until May 10th. Should medical experts give us the all-clear to meet earlier, we will inform the congregation.
We understand that this is disappointing news. There is nothing we love more than gathering as a community to worship the Lord. However, given the threat this virus poses, it seems that continuing to meet in person right now only puts those we love at risk. Jesus says the second greatest of the commands is to love your neighbor as yourself (Mk 12:30-31). Ensuring that our community stays healthy is the best way we can think to love you all. We are eager to get back to normal, we are eager to see your faces, and we ask continued prayer from our congregation that God would show mercy and help bring an end to this pandemic as quickly and safely as possible.
Here is how MCC will continue our ministry during this hiatus.
- Weekly sermons will continue to be preached by Pastor Dave and posted on the website on Sunday. Please check mulvanechristian.org/messages.
- Prayer conference calls will be held twice a week (Sunday 10am/Wednesday 6pm).
- Elders will call our congregation to check in on them and pray with them.
- Hospital visitation is available for the sick.
- Spiritual counseling is available for those in distress or who need guidance.
- The prayer chain is active to address community prayer requests and needs.
- Materials for spiritual development will be made available through our social media.
Please look for church updates in one of 3 places: the prayer chain (email@example.com), our Facebook page, and our website (mulvanechristian.org). Please check these regularly for updates.
A quick word on giving. At MCC we are usually very hands off when it comes to encouraging people to give. We feel giving should come as an act of worship to God from a cheerful heart (2 Cor 9:7). At the same time, it goes without saying that our continued health and sustainability as a church is supported by your regular offerings. Since we are not meeting in person, continued giving will require us all to be more intentional. We understand that many people might be going through a difficult financial season, so we only ask everyone to give as your means allow and as the Holy Spirit leads. To make things easier, we are currently working on establishing ways that you can easily give to the church online. We will announce that when they are available. If you prefer to give in the form of a check, please consider mailing an offering to:
Mulvane Christian Church
502 Highland Park Dr
Mulvane, KS 67110
In closing, while we are not gathering as a church, we still can behave as the church. The church is not a place, it’s a people. Remember to bear one another’s burdens, rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep, and encourage one another towards faithfulness and good works. Let’s remember to pick up our phones and call/text each other to show that we are people guided by love. Let’s be intentional in our worship, passionate in our prayer, and faithful in our giving. Let’s show the world what kind of fearlessness they can have when they place their hope in Jesus Christ and become a member of his body.
The Elders of Mulvane Christian Church
David Carson, Greg Alexander, Fred Cook, David Vaughn