Dear Refuge Church Family,
The Apostle Paul writes in Romans 12:12 that we should: “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” In the face of our uncertain and ever-changing day-to-day lives at present, we would do well to heed his instructions. We are praying for each and every one of you and are doing our best to make sure that our church is able to come alongside you in as many ways as possible.
There are several things that we want to make sure we communicate to you:
First, God is still on His throne and His kingdom is unshakeable. Jesus reminds us in Revelation 1:17-18 that He ALONE holds the keys to death and Hades and, therefore, we need not worry or fear. God is not worried or changeable. He is from everlasting to everlasting and He knows the number of hairs on each of our heads. He is infinite and, yet, He is NEAR to us. We continue to cling to these blessed realities in the midst of waves of anxiety. Jesus has overcome death and the grave and our ultimate hope and assurance is in the reality that we have life with Him and that nothing can snatch us from the Father’s hand.
Second, our leadership and staff are committed to continuing to care for you and your family as best as we can during this time of social distancing. We acknowledge that the ways in which we can do this will need to change, and we are constantly searching for new ways to adapt and continue to meet the needs of our people during this time. We’ve developed a COVID-19 resources page that will help with this. If you are aware of a need (including for yourself) or are able to help meet certain needs during this time there are forms you can fill out on that resources page to let us know accordingly. As always, you can call in to our office and leave a voicemail as well, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Third, at this point in time we are not sure when our physical group meetings and church services will resume. We will do our best to keep you informed about when things will start to resume, but it’s just too early for us to know at this point. We will honor what our government officials are asking of us in regard to social distancing. For now, this means that the church building is closed and any in-person church activities are suspended until at least April 10, 2020.
Finally, we want to encourage you to remain connected to our church family as best you can during these times. Join us regularly for our livestream services (we'd encourage you to watch them together as a family on Sunday mornings at 10am)! Take advantage of the various digital options for engaging with groups as you are available. If you are able, continue to give. You can do that online here. If you need help setting up an online gift or an automatic draft for your giving, just call in to the office and we will get you all set. You can also always mail your gift to the church, and we will make sure it gets deposited. Our fiscal year ends at the end of March, so we appreciate your help in meeting our budget for the year.
We are praying for you, and we are excited for all that God will do through these trying times!
-Refuge Church Elders and Staff