I can’t say it enough, and I really do mean it – I miss you! I miss seeing your smiling faces. I miss worshipping together with you in person. I miss being with my familia!
It’s been over 3 months since we gathered together in person…but we haven’t stopped being the church! We’ve been able to connect with hundreds of people that have not stepped foot here, yet are now joining online. In fact, in the past 3 months we’ve been able to reach over 16,000 homes with through our online services. 525 of you are meeting online weekly for connect groups.
At our instagram 8@8 we’ve prayed for almost 12 hours together as a church familia. And we’ve given away over $60,000 in food and supplies to feed 2,202 families in our local community!
That’s because of you. Thank you, familia!
Just because we aren’t meeting together in a building doesn’t mean that the church has closed. The church has never been about a building, but about people connecting to Jesus and one another. And even though we are still living in uncertain times, one thing we are certain of is that while we’re waiting God is working!
As we head into a new month, I wanted to give you an update on our re-entry plan. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind. And while we know some of you can’t wait to come back together in person, we are a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-generational church with a whole bunch of imperfect people who are all different, have different needs and health concerns, and all have their own opinions of what to do and when to re-gather.
And we love you too much to not take this seriously..and so, as the leadership team of this church, the voice that we have to take into consideration more than anyone’s is that of our Heavenly Father!
We have been seeking God for wisdom in prayer asking him what’s the best way for us to love our church familia and how God has created us and called us to love and serve our local community.
And through the wisdom of a multitude of counselors, through information from our local authorities and the CDC, and through revelation from God, we know that He’s telling us to continue to be patient in our reentry and regathering.
With Covid cases seemingly on the rise and our county still not in phase 2, our leadership team has made the decision to continue to meet online for the month of July. We understand that this is not ideal for everyone, but I want to encourage you to be intentional about continuing to connect to your church familia.
If you haven’t already done so, sign up and participate in our connect track. Join us every Monday through Friday at 8am on instagram for prayer and encouragement, be part of a connect group where friends become familia, and don’t miss our Sunday services each week.
We’re continuing our RESET series and are praying that it prepares us for an in-person regathering real soon.
Again, We love you. We miss you. And if there’s a need in your life, please connect with us to let us know. You matter to God, and you matter to us, and the best is still before us!
Pastor Eric Gamero