February 16, 2021
Dear First Family,
One of the most significant and meaningful convictions of our faith in Christ is, “Sunday’s coming!” We celebrate one big Sunday each year each spring, but within the church, every Sunday is meant to be a “mini-Easter.”
As I write this I know many of you are without power. Some are hoping for running water to be restored. Neighbors are already reaching out to care for one another. We are getting through an exceptionally challenging week together.
And Sunday – which at this point has a forecasted high of 60 degrees – is coming.
We will obviously be unable to proceed with our plans Ash Wednesday. Instead, I simply want to encourage you today to continue doing what you are already doing.
As you are able, continue to check in with one another.
If you or someone you know is in need of a warm place to stay, the city of Mansfield has set up two warming centers. Information about that can be found here, by calling 817-728-3609 or visiting the city’s Facebook page. We are working with the city and Red Cross to help meet our community’s needs.
If you or someone you know is in need of food, please contact us at email@example.com.
Pray for those without the comfort of an insulated home or a roof over the head.
Give thanks for first responders and frontline workers whose work never stops.
And anticipate with me our chance to gather again this Sunday at 9 am and 11 am. We will gather indoors. We will broadcast online, and – as surprising as this may sound right now – it actually looks like it might be a nice day to gather outdoors as well.
I love you and I am proud of you,
One more thing… While we will not be having our Ash Wednesday services, we will begin our 40 days of reading through the Gospel of John in our First 15 devotional resource. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.