Mick’s Memo – Tuesday Tidbits

There is a question that periodically resurfaces at our staff meetings—“How can we penetrate the din of information overload and flurry of activity to communicate with people?”  Followers of Jesus and those who are not are equally afflicted with the “din” and the “flurry”.  We often find that people who attend services, read the bulletin, read the “memos”, attend a small group, follow our Facebook page and know of our webpage are unaware of events or situations we have attempted to communicate. In the case of communicating with our community at large it is even harder.  They are unlikely to read a bulletin, visit our website or follow our announcements on Facebook.  Besides, almost all people limit and/or ignore phone contact (except perhaps for texts).

Maybe God is helping us.  Most people are finding themselves in uncharted waters with this level of isolation.  What can we talk or think about that isn’t Covid-19 oriented?  Sports conversations are out.  Weather seems more trivial than ever.  Politics is not a very attractive alternative.  Maybe the significance of life, life and death, or life after death will become more relevant to public conversation.  Maybe we will find people less distracted, less certain of their future or feeling less “immortal” on their own.  I am finding that true for myself.  This radical change of routine is peculiar to me as I tend to operate on routines, schedules and disciplines.  Maybe others’ routines are disrupted to the point where they are thinking instead of just reacting.  Maybe God is calling us and others outside of the “din” and the “flurry” to a place of thought and dialogue about things eternal; all by means of a contagious virus.  Maybe He is opening gates for us…

Open the gates
    that the righteous nation may enter,
    the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

                                                            Isaiah 26:2-4 (NIV)

This prophecy calls us to trust.  We demonstrate our trust by our actions. Let’s listen for ways God will lead us to bring blessing out of the uncertainty around us.

I would also like to pass on some additional guidelines and ideas as things are developing.

Yesterday the state and federal governments urged that no gatherings of more than 10 be held.  We are encouraging all CCC small groups to meet virtually, rather than face-to-face. Other scheduled events have been postponed until further notice.  We will not open our facilities for use of gatherings by either CCC folks or community folks.  We do not, however, want to discourage you from connecting with one another or with folks you may know in the community.  In fact, if your group meets virtually (facetime or google hangouts for example), you may want to invite friends from the community to join in and experience community with believers.

Our routines have been disrupted.  I am convinced that God is willing lead us if we are willing to follow.

With you—in Him,

Mick