PATH TO THE PAC: OUR PLAN FOR REENTRY
UPDATED: May 6, 4:30 p.m.
Dear Mission Point Family.
As promised, we have continued to monitor the COVID19 information and the corresponding recommendations from medical experts, governing authorities and independent sources. We thank God for what seem to be signs of loosening restrictions and a clearing path towards fully reengaging life outside our homes. We are especially thankful for the unique freedoms churches are being given to resume physical gatherings….as early as this weekend (5/10/20). As we have considered the various options afforded us, we feel deeply inclined to take the more conservative of approaches.
Mission Point Community Church exists to show and share the love of Jesus. That means, we want to be driven by questions like: what does the love of Jesus look like in this situation? How can we best display Jesus’ love to each other and our community? How do we prioritize others right now? etc. In asking questions like that, we strongly feel that love looks like prioritizing the health and safety of the most vulnerable among us and in our community. While we certainly have the desire (we miss you all so much), freedom and right to expedite our physical Sunday morning gathering, we want to lay those privileges down a few more weeks for the sake of loving our community well.
ABOUT WORSHIP GATHERINGS
Our plan is to resume physical worship gatherings at the Warsaw Performing Arts Center on Sunday, July 12th. After July 5th, a church of our size (250+) will be officially cleared to meet without restrictions to our numbers or exclusions to any of our age-groups. This timeframe also allows us to work with Warsaw Schools to ensure we are cleared and fully prepared to create the safest possible environment.
ABOUT GROUP LIFE
Though we may be waiting a few weeks to resume corporate worship gatherings, we are activating all Adult Small Group gatherings effective immediately. According to the Indiana state-standards, groups no larger than 25 may gather NOW (provided they maintain the recommended social distancing guidelines). All Adult MP Small Groups may resume physical gatherings/meetings at their discretion immediately. That includes Missional Communities (small groups), Connection/Ministry Groups and Church Staff/Leadership.
In a desire to prioritize each other’s health and safety we are asking that all official MP Gatherings observe the following recommendations:
-Do not exceed 25 people.
-Observe all recommended social distancing practices.
-Provide a virtual alternative for those who may feel uncomfortable gathering physically because of conscience or caution.
We are humbled to be part of a church family that puts the love of Jesus on display so beautifully. Thank you for the incredible ways you have continued to be and to engage the church during this time. Thank you for your prayers, your care, your generosity and your encouragement. We will be stronger on the other side of this.
Please stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks including a series of messages processing this reentry a little more. In the meantime, continue to be the church and to join us for church online on Sundays.
- Kondo Simfukwe for the Mission Point Elders and Staff.
OUR APPROACH TO COVID-19
UPDATED: April 13, 12 p.m.
Important Notice: All in-person gatherings are cancelled until further notice. We are monitoring the situation and expert recommendations closely, and will update as soon as anything changes.
As a Mission Point Leadership team, we are very concerned about the current situation in our county and world. Be assured that we will take the precautions recommended by the authorities and experts for the safety of our congregation and community.
However, beyond our concern….we step into this season with great hope and anticipation. We have the privilege of taking our ultimate cues from the God who holds the whole world in His hands (pandemics and all).
Church...His sovereignty will not change. His promises will not shift. His word will not be contaminated. And so, His people NEED NOT FRET.
We saw this in John 9 just a couple of weeks ago: When we cannot explain challenging seasons, it is best to start with the assumption that God is fixin’ to show off His glory (John 9:3). That stirs anticipation in us.
In the meantime, let’s pray and be on the lookout for the ways He wants to use us to make His glory viral. His mission is not slowing down and neither must ours.
Below are some of the ways we fully intend to BE the church during this season:
Due to community precautions, we will not be able to meet in-person in the Warsaw Performing Arts Center for the foreseeable future. However, we will be streaming shortened services on our Facebook Page and our YouTube Channel at 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. each Sunday.
We believe that Connection is even more vital in a time like this for our personal encouragement and protection, as well as the strengthening of others. In order to prioritize that crucial connection, we will create space at the end of each Sunday service for MP Interactive - follow-up conversations in small groups.
Missional Communities will be given questions and will be encouraged to meet up digitally through platforms like Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger etc to process what it looks like to live out truth together.
If you are not yet in a Missional Community (Small Group), no problem - sign up to be a part of an MP Interactive Group here.
All in-person connection events, regardless of size, are cancelled until further notice. We are working diligently and hoping to provide some of these events through an online platform. Please stay tuned for updates on each event.
There are lots of ways to stay up-to-date and connected with your Mission Point Family right now, check out the list below:
ABOUT SERVING / CARE
This challenging season cannot and will not change who we are and what matters to us as a church. We will not only continue to connect with each other, but we will also continue to serve and care for each other. Our Care Coordinator, Olivia Burkholder has created a way for us to practically do both of those things. We want to especially serve those in our MP Family who may be susceptible to or struggling with the effects of COVID-19. If you are lower-risk and are open to serving those in the higher-risk category by running minor errands, we will help connect you. Simply fill out the Volunteer Form below. If you need help during this season, please simply fill out the Assistance Request Form below.
Currently, we are unable to offer official aid to all Warsaw/Kosciusko residents, so we hope that the MP Family will take it upon themselves to serve friends, family and neighbors who might need some extra help. Let’s BE the church.
Thank you for the ways your generosity allows us to show up in each other’s lives and in the lives of folks in our community in times like this. Even though we will not be gathering together on Sunday, the mission of showing and sharing Jesus does not slow down. We invite you to continue being generous. You can always do so by mail or online. All options for generosity are on our GIVE page on our website.
As you can imagine, for many this is a season of concern and perhaps even despair. What an opportunity for the people of Jesus to share our hope….on repeat. We will constantly have opportunities to point people to a Savior who is not surprised or shaken by any of this. What an opportunity to invite people to the One who said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Make the most of the moments.
FOR THE KIDS
Our Children's Ministry Director, Jen Nier, is still putting together weekly lessons and activities for our MP Kidz! Join our MP Kidz Facebook Group for regular updates and fun activity ideas, or Email Jen if you would like to receive the full lesson emails each week.
Last Updated 4/13/2020