Seeking Abundance


Jesus declared that the reason he came is to give us abundant life (John 10:10). How do we discover this abundance, in the midst of real life? In these interviews and videos, people will share their wisdom and inspiration from God’s word so you can seek God’s abundance.  

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Response to COVID -19

PLANS TO RELAUNCH LIVE WORSHIP

[published June 5, 2020]


We are looking ahead to the time we can relaunch live worship, groups, and events, but we are not going to rush into this. We are going to do this decently and in order. We are Presbyterians! Your elders have a plan in place for relaunching live worship (See a copy of the plan here). It balances our desire to be together in community, to worship God, and also to keep safe. It follows CDC guidelines and we’ve had several medical pros look over it.

 
When we relaunch live, we will launch live streaming, so you can participate from home. If you are at higher risk, and according to the CDC that is anyone over 65 or anyone with health conditions that put you at risk, we are going to invite you to keep worshiping online for now. 
 
As for when, we are aiming for two weeks after the governor gives the green light. We want time to prepare, time to line up volunteers, and time to communicate. We are excited—I’m excited to see people again—but we are not rushing. 
 
Until then, please continue to participate in online worship and online groups. We have learned in this time that a church truly is not a building, but a community of people following Jesus Christ. Thank you all for holding our community together during this time. 




MOVING FORWARD

[published March 2020]


Dear Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church family,


Life is different—and God is good! Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, we are living through an unprecedented pause across the country and the world. The situation changes daily, which causes uncertainty. For some, this produces anxiety, while others are claiming this as an opportunity for Sabbath rest. We cling to Philippians 4:4-7, rejoicing in the Lord always and giving our anxiety to God by lifting our prayers with thanksgiving.


In disruptive times, it is important to hold to our rhythms. Rhythms of breathing, eating, and sleeping. Rhythms of worship, discipleship, and prayer. Rhythms of family and community. Those rhythms are essential, even though they will have to take a different form.


At Liberty Corner Church, we are continuing our rhythms, in a different form. For Sunday worship, we are moving to an online worship experience. Let me invite you to “gather” this Sunday at libertycorner.org/worship for an online service—at your normal service time, or later. We will have music, prayer, and a message as usual. We are working to ensure this is more than just a video, but is a genuine worship experience that builds each of us as disciples and builds us together as a community. 


We are also continuing our rhythms of discipleship. Small groups and studies will meet online via Zoom software, including Faith Cafe on Sunday at 10:30 am. 


If you are already part of a group, look for communication from your leader. If you don’t have a group, let me invite you to join a sermon-discussion group. The schedule of group meetings and registration information is available at libertycorner.org/get-involved/small-groups


Liberty Corner Kids and Student Ministry will continue to provide discipleship and learning opportunities for children 3 years through 8th grade. Look for links to materials for children and students and don’t miss special video appearance of Ms. Sue and Wooly Lamb for the youngest children. Confirmation class leaders will contact their students and families directly.


As always, we are here for one another in prayer. We have added a Prayer request element to our website (under Worship, here), where you can offer either a private request or something for the prayer chain. 


In this time, it is essential for us to stay connected. Let me invite you to login to myLCPC, and be sure your contact information is correct. (There’s login help there if you need it.) We will be communicating a lot via email, especially in the Weekly Update. If you are not subscribed, you can sign up here. And please put us in your contacts, so it doesn’t get lost in spam! In a disrupted world, our connection to one another is more important than ever.


We also invite you to continue your rhythm of giving—by bank draft, mailed check, or on our secure website libertycorner.org/give. We want to ensure that we can fulfill our commitments to both our church staff and our mission partners. Uncertainty tempts us to live in fear and selfishness; we fight back with faithfulness and generosity. 


This situation presents an opportunity for us to shine God’s love. The early church was known for its love during plagues. Consider: how can you share Jesus—without sharing germs? Perhaps make a phone call to someone, just to reach out. Maybe offer to pick up someone’s groceries, or share some extra TP if the store ran out! Invite a friend to join us in online worship. Let’s find ways to go above and beyond to care for one another and to love our neighbors as ourselves.


In the midst of change, we know God remains the same: the same love, the same salvation, and the same call on our lives. We do not know what the future will hold, but we know God holds the future. Let us walk into that future together, so our faith is a beacon in an anxious world.


Blessings,

Barnabas Sprinkle

Lead Pastor

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