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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Response from New Song Leadership

Congregational Update | March 20, 2020 at 12pm

Dear New Song Family,

These are unprecedented times.

Last week I announced that NSC would be open for service on Sunday as usual. While our attendance was about half of the norm, clearly people came because they wanted to be in God's House for worship with His people, and both services were encouraging for us.

Then Sunday afternoon, I watched a news broadcast with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's leading expert on the spread of infectious diseases. He said, "we'll be thankful that we're overreacting" with this pandemic to do what's best for the American public. That evening I received word that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)recommended no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus pandemic. Monday, President Trump changed his recommendation to no more than ten people in a gathering.

I said in Sunday's message that I didn't know if we would continue meeting publicly. I also talked about the fact that as Christians, we are sacrificial, not selfish. After processing these latest developments, I feel that if we ignore the recommendations, we will antagonize the very people that we want to reach and that to keep NSC open for services would be interpreted as selfish, and that one way we can be sacrificial during this time is to do all our services only online.
So for the next two Sundays, March 23 & 29, we are moving our worship services online. The online video worship services will include worship, updates, and a weekly sermon from myself. All you have to do is download our mobile app. You can find the link to download our app at newsongcleveland.com/app. In addition to broadcasting our two Sunday services at 9 am & 11 am, we are also working to include online devotionals, online programming for our children, and we encourage our Community Group leaders to consider virtual groups over the internet starting in the month of April.

One thing has NOT changed: in making these decisions, we are not giving in to fear! Instead, "Love is the reason we are changing our behavior." The driving force behind this decision is love because of our faith in Jesus. We know that He is in control.

Change is needed because our vulnerable neighbors — those of any age with compromised immune systems and those over 70 years old — are at serious risk. The Bible tells us in Romans 15 that the strong must consider the weak. We are making these choices not to minimize our own risk, but to protect others from risk. So we are using the wisdom God has given us for such a time as this, to help the Heights area, the state of Ohio, and ultimately our nation in defeating this pandemic!

  • Further, I am asking every NSCer to join me in humbling ourselves before God by fasting a meal or two each Wednesday during this season.

We will offer an online live devotional from me every Wednesday, and Dexter and our worship team will lead a "Worship Thursday" on Facebook/Youtube at 8 pm. In addition, Audrey will offer some prayer challenges and encouragement online as well throughout the week, and we will live-streaming our prayer meeting.

1 Chronicles 7:14 says If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

I'm not trying to twist Scripture out of context, but I felt inspired in reading those verses that, as God's people, if we humble ourselves and seek the Lord, the giant of Covid-19 will fall! I will be doing an online devotional about this message to encourage you today Friday, March 20, at 4 pm, so please log on to our mobile app or Facebook/youtube.

As I said in Sunday's message, this can be our finest hour as we follow the example of the early Church in Acts 2 and the historical accounts of their compassion for the lost!

Here's how NSCers can follow their example during this crisis:

  • Let's be more connected, not less (use social media; text your brothers and sisters in Christ, or go old school and use your phone to make calls to check on people or pray with them over the phone.)
 
  • Help needy people on the east side of Cleveland by bringing food to the Food Drive collection at NSC on Sunday, March 29, from 9 am thru noon. In essence, I know that grocery shelves have been empty, but surely there's a way for us to consider others. As I was praying about this Tuesday, I remembered the practice of believers in one of the poorest regions of India. You can check it out with this short video here: https://youtu.be/TwNsPNYO4tw
  
  • New Song Cares Fund - You can donate to the New Song Cares local benevolence and outreach fund that has been established to help those within our community that need assistance during the difficult time at newsongcleveland.com/giving and look for the "New Song Cares Fund." You can also mail it or bring it by the church at 15 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44118.
 
  • Tithes & Offerings & Missions Pledges - Please remember that the church still has obligations to meet during this season. Your faithful, consistent, and generous financial support will help us in many crucial areas as we continue to keep our eyes on Jesus. You can give online at newsongcleveland.com/giving or send it by mail it or bring it by the church at 15 Severance Circle, Cleveland Heights, OH, 44118.

God has done incredible things within our hearts and our church during this past year. New Song has been ready, and the Lord has prepared for this moment, and I know God already has great plans for our flourishing. This moment in history will be New Song's finest hour in the days to come. Here are a few reminders for us.

  • Pray for the eradication of the COVID-19 virus. We are a praying church, and I encourage you to continue to pray.
  • Look for ways YOU can serve others! Don't just talk about it or ask others to do it. Let's start to connect and contact people to see if they have a need. Each one, reach one.
  • Become a Social Media evangelist!! (engage with our live streams and posts – make a comment, ask questions, share, invite!) You can find all of the platforms from which we stream at newsongcleveland.com/live
 
Here's a Prayer for a Pandemic by Dr. Cameron Bellm from Seattle, WA
May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have had to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.
Amen.
 
The offices at New Song will be open every day Monday thru Friday 10 am thru 4 pm during this season until we are told otherwise by our officials. If you need anything at all, whether it is prayer, food, food delivery (if you are elderly), or need pastoral care during this season, please reach out to us personally at [email protected] / [email protected] or call the church office at 440-248-5755 at any time. We are still praying over every prayer requests submitted online at newsongcleveland.com/prayer-request
 
Your pastors & your friends,
Klen & Audrey
 
***Please tune into our mobile app, Facebook, or online at newsong.online.church today, Friday, March 20, at 4 pm for a live devotional from myself.
 
Questions or concerns?
If you'd like to share your thoughts, concerns, questions, or ideas with us as we navigate our response to this situation, we would love to hear from you. Your input and feedback are truly important to us. Please email [email protected] with any questions or comments.


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