We, the SCC Board, cannot say enough about God’s goodness and the church's unity and outpouring of generosity since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We felt it only appropriate to keep you informed of our current situation and encouraged as we continue to move forward in these unprecedented times.
Thank you to our SCC pastors and staff as they show a willingness to be fluid and dynamic in continuing to declare and demonstrate the transforming power of the gospel to every one scattered throughout the Shuswap and beyond.
The church has adjusted quickly with teaching, leading, and caring for our church through the online platforms FaceBook, Youtube and Zoom. Utilizing digital resources we have seen a beautiful movement of God’s spirit with regular Sunday services, “Hope at 7” in Sicamous, Zoom prayer, campus specific Easter messages, and the start of Alpha and 30/30 online.
Redemption Counselling Centre is continuing to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of our community with respect to social distancing and by connecting through the online platforms.
To you the church, we want to thank you for your continued faithfulness through your giving and support. We have seen your switch to the new reality of church by staying home, respecting social distancing, and worshiping through livestreams. Online giving has increased and others continue to either mail in or drop off their gifts to the church office. We are grateful for your willingness to respond to the current situation and ask you to please continue to faithfully give as you are able to.
With that in mind, we are continuing to pray about and monitor the churches financial requirements and the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic. As noted in our previous letter, we have made all proper arrangements to further reduce our expenses, with consideration to staff layoffs, should it be deemed necessary in the future.
As much as we focus on the financial aspect of the church, I do not want to underestimate the stories of compassion we have seen or heard about in the last month. The body has come together to meet the needs of neighbours, friends, and family, through Stay-put-Boxes, providing meals, shopping for groceries, or just with a simple phone call to encourage and see how people are doing. These are just some of the ways you have loved one other as Jesus loves you.
As we continue to move through this unprecedented time we just ask you to continue to pray for the church, the pastors and staff, and the government as they continue to make tough decisions needed to keep us safe, healthy, and work towards getting life back to normal as soon as possible.
Should you have any questions, or concerns please feel free to contact me or anyone of the Board members. You can do that through email: email@example.com
“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah 25:1
Don Cundiff, Board Chair.