Dear Bowman Hills Church Family,
Starting this coming Sabbath, March 21, we will be temporarily suspending our public church service and transitioning to an online only service. This decision was not made lightly. The pastors in the elders got together and prayed together and examined all the information coming to us from the CDC, local government, the conference, and health professionals, who are strongly discouraging groups of 50 or more from meeting. We will continue to update you weekly and let you know ASAP when we will resume our public services.
This is not an excuse to not be the church. We are called to be Seventh-day Adventist Christians 24/7. What an amazing opportunity to be the church beyond our four walls and the two hours that we meet together. We are not called to lock ourselves up behind closed doors compelled by fear to hoard toilet paper and canned goods. Rather we are called to be a light of love and service in our community. Prophetically we believe the time will come where we will not be able to worship God publicly. Consider this practice for when that day comes. We need to be willing to worship with each other, in each homes. To invite our neighbors. Remember that when you are in out in the public that you represent the priesthood of God's kingdom. Represent that love and light well. I believe we will see God truncates this around and “what the enemy meant for evil, God is going to turn into good.”
Pastor Josh and I will continue to be ministering to our membership through prayer, visitation, hospital visits (when allowed). Joni will continue to keep her office hours to answer questions and assist you with whatever you might need. People have asked about returning their tithes and offerings you can do that several ways: online giving on our website, download the Adventist giving app, or stop by Tuesday or Wednesday and turn those into Joni. If you become aware of any church member that needs help or assistance please notify the office, a pastor, or one of the elders.
We will be taking this one week at a time so continue to stay tuned in for updates. May God bless you and keep you.