Dear Northway Church —

We are continuing to monitor events around the COVID-19 crisis and want to keep you updated on the latest ministry plans of Northway. Here is the latest information I have as of April 1, 2020. I will continue to update you through our website, email, and social media as decisions are made. 

• On Sunday, April 5, we will celebrate the Lord’s Supper together on Facebook Live. Please stop by Cathedral Coffee’s drive-thru during normal operating hours on April 1-3 (7AM-2:30PM), or come through the drive-thru on April 1 or 2 between 6PM-8PM and you will be given what you need for the Lord’s Supper celebration that day. 

• We will host a Facebook Live Good Friday service on Friday, April 10 at 7PM. This worship time will last approximately one hour. We hope you’ll join us at home and spend that evening worshipping and reflecting on the significance of that day.

• Our Easter worship will be Sunday, April 12 at 10:30AM on Facebook Live. That Sunday we will begin a new series on the book of I Corinthians. I had the opportunity two months ago to travel to Corinth and explore that ancient city. For me, Paul’s letter to that church absolutely came alive as I was able to put into context what he wrote. I know the same will happen for you. We have a lot of video footage from Corinth that we will use in this series, and I truly believe that it will be a real time of growth for our church. 

• Our worship services on April 19 and 26 will be on Facebook Live. We hope to resume our normal on campus worship on Sunday, May 3, and will continue to update you as we learn more information. 

• The church office will remain closed through April 27. Again, as the situation evolves and we are able to make informed decisions, we will be sure to communicate these with you. See the Northway News on how you may contact your staff for any needs you may have. 

• Cathedral Coffee’s drive-thru is continuing to operate from 7AM – 2:30PM, Monday-Friday. Please go to their Facebook Page for the latest information on their hours and ways they are doing ministry during this time.  

• We are asking our Home Teams to not meet during this time. Hopefully you have been able to engage with members of your Home Team through texting, email, and phone calls.  Many of our groups have been meeting through video chat room sites such as Zoom and Google Hangout.  If you’d like assistance in using these platforms, contact Phil Anderson.

• All other church activities and on-campus group meetings have been cancelled through April 27. Again, we will continue to update you as this situation develops. 

During this unprecedented health crises, our strong desire is to continue — as much as possible — to be the church for one another and our community. To that end, we are making a number of resources available for you and your family. In this week’s Northway News, you will see information on how you can use Northway’s Right Now Media account for Bible studies, sermons, and even movies with a message about faith. Our Next Generation Team will be providing parents with curriculum resources for home Sunday School lessons and Bible studies. We are placing our Sunday worship Message Map on the You Version Bible App for you to be able to take notes and save the information during our livestreams. We are looking at other creative, virtual ways to help you grow spiritually during this time and keep you connected with your church family. 

For many of you reading these words, the current situation of our nation is a great opportunity for you and your family. If you have been lacking margin in your life, perhaps this will be a time for you to slow down and spend more quality time with the Lord and with your spouse and children. I would encourage you to not waste this time. Play games together. Read that book you’ve been putting off. Watch a Bible study together. Find ways to connect with the hearts of your children and your spouse. 

Finally, I would like to encourage you during these uncertain times to not succumb to the spirit of fear. Paul reminds us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that the Lord has given us “a spirit not of fear, but of power and love and self-control” (ESV). While the situation around us is ever-changing, we serve a God who “does not change like the shifting shadows” (James 1:17, NIV). Moreover, while these are difficult times, as children of God, we can know that “in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28, NIV). 

My pledge is to keep you informed as more information becomes available. Please keep Northway Church, our community, and our nation in your prayers as we face these challenging days together. 

Your Pastor,