Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear Church Family,
Due to the ongoing uncertainty generated by the spread of the Coronavirus, the Deacons are suspending all public gatherings at Maranatha through at least Sunday, April 5. We will continue to monitor the suggestions of the CDC and the Michigan Health Department. When our state and local health officials deem it safe, we will resume public worship services.
In the interim, we will upload a weekly sermon to our website maranathaag.org. This would be an excellent time to start implementing some of the organic church practices we learned about this past Sunday. Gather your family, sing some familiar hymns or choruses, listen to the sermon, discuss it, and pray together.
Also, during this time, let’s not forget that we must continue to support our missionaries, feed our hungry neighbors, financially support our staff, and pay various bills to maintain our facilities. If your changing job situation prohibits you from giving, we understand and would not expect you to give. Otherwise, we urge you to continue to be your generous selves. You can mail checks to the church, give online at maranathakingsford.churchcenter.com, or drop offerings by the office.
Above all, let’s make sure we stay in touch with each other. It is unprecedented to take several weeks off from gathering, but we will make it through this. The best way to shine in the middle of a crisis is to care for our neighbors. Check in on each other – a simple phone call, email, text, or Facebook message can brighten someone’s day. It also provides us with the opportunity to make sure their needs are met and that they are doing well. If you find someone with a need you cannot personally meet, please let us know.
The words of the Apostle Paul are fitting: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Col 3:12, 14).
Maranatha Leadership Team