Every day as more and more things change I am reminded of the things that matter, faith, hope, and love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”
No matter what is going on around us we know that God is still in control, that He still loves us, and as He has throughout history, He will provide and take care of us. So, let’s not worry but be reminded of God’s promises and know that He is faithful and unfailing. We can cling to Him and trust Him no matter what is happening around us. These words are true of normal everyday life, but right now these are words that we will have to remind ourselves and those around us frequently as things seem to be changing moment by moment.
Let me encourage you limit your time watching the news and scrolling through social media as they will heighten our anxiety and stress. Instead let’s pick up the phone and catch up with our loved ones and friends, let’s check up on our neighbors and church family. It is also a great idea to get up and move, you can go for a walk in the coolness of the morning or evening, you can search Google or Youtube for home works during the quarantine. But get up and move. Let’s also limit those habits we run to when we are stressed (binge eating, alcohol, Netflix) and spend more time praying, reading Scripture, and connecting with friends. There are lots of things we can all do that will help us limit stress during these trying times.
As for this Sunday, March 22nd we are going to meet for worship at 10am for those who feel well enough and are not concerned because of underlying health issues. We have taken more precautions to help with social distancing around the building and during the gathering to comply with recommendations to limit gatherings to 50 people.
We will also post a video of the gathering on Sunday afternoon for those who could not be with us.
If you haven’t already, please download the Homeport App (Apple App Store or Google Play Store) for your phone. We will begin using the app to post Scripture and prayers throughout the week. We will also use Instagram and Facebook to post short videos and posts to encourage and inspire you. We are looking into a video conferencing platform to host small groups for those who are interesting.
Let me also ask you to please consider moving to online giving or mailing in your giving. You can safely and easily give by visiting www.homeportcc.org/give, you can text Homeport to 77977, or you can mail in your giving to the church office 5605 US 1 S, St. Augustine, FL 32086. Through your continued generosity we will be able to continue the mission and ministry of Homeport during these times. Your faithful giving enables us to continue to be the “Church” and respond to our congregation and the community with faith, hope, and love.
Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you. Please feel free to call or text the church at 904-300-2949, all calls to this number are forwarded to the church office. Our offices are open Monday – Thursday 9am to 1pm and the phone number and text messages are monitored regularly.