April 3, 2020

Restored Family,

Although we aren’t gathering as a church right now, many of you are doing an incredible job of scattering as the church by engaging in relationships & opportunities. Below you’ll find some NEW opportunities that we’re introducing to help you stay connected to God & others.

1. Online Gathering with NEW Guests

Many of you have told us stories of family, friends, and neighbors of yours that have tuned in online because you invited them! Keep up the good work for our Online Gathering, this Sunday at 10am. We’ll be streaming on Facebook & YouTube. Text a friend todayand ask them if they want to check it out – People are much more interested in spiritual things in this season!

2. New Connection Opportunities

There are three levels for staying connected: Whole Church, Community Group, and Individual Relationships. I hope you’re staying connected on all three levels. Starting on Sunday, we’ll be introducing this new Weekly Connection Calendar to help you stay connected to the whole church on our Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Channel. In addition to that, Pastor Tim will be hosting an open Zoom Meeting Tuesday, April 7th at 8pm to spend time processing & praying together. Join the Zoom Meeting with this link.

3. New Ministry Teams

If you want to make a difference in this season, we would love to have you join one of our NEW ministry teams to help other people either from your home or by safely serving in the community. Learn more & sign up for a team here.

4. New Prayer & Help Platforms

We are working hard to identify, pray for, and meet the needs of people during this time. If you would like our Prayer Team to pray for you, you can send a prayer request here. If you, or someone you know, has some needs that you’d like to ask for help with, please fill out this form. We will do our best to help meet those needs however we can.

5. Online Giving

Your giving continues to help us reach new people in new ways throughout this season. For those who are able, we would love to have you give a one-time or recurring gift through our secure online giving platform. You can give online here, or mail any checks to 74 S. Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Praying that God will continue to refine our faith and use us to reach many people in this season!

In Christ,

Tim Walker
Lead Pastor

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March 28, 2020

Restored Family,

We want to make the most of this season, while also acknowledging that none of us know how long this will last. While we originally hoped it might only be a few weeks, this has the potential to last for multiple months. Since we are not gathering in person, things look different than we’re used to, but the church is not shut down. We are continuing to work toward give every man, woman, and child repeated opportunities to hear, see, and respond to the gospel of Jesus. We rolled out some new things this week that we’re pretty excited about introducing to you!

Here are five important updates for this week:

1. Online Gathering

Connect with us and invite friends to check out our Online Gathering, this Sunday at 10am. We’ll be streaming on Facebook & YouTube. Over 1,500 people tuned in last Sunday, and we’re praying for even more this week with your help!

2. Stay Connected

Keep working hard to stay connected to people in your Community Groupand follow along with other opportunities on our Facebook & Instagram. In addition to that, Pastor Tim will be hosting an open Zoom Meeting Tuesday, March 31st at 8pm to spend time processing & praying together. Join the Zoom meeting here.

3. Helping Hands

We want to be the church & represent Jesus well in this season. Many of you have been volunteering with community organizations and others have already started using our Neighborhood Help Cards. If you want to make a difference in this season, we would love to have you join one of our NEW ministry teams to help other people either from your home or safely serving in the community. Learn more & sign up for a team here.

4. Meeting Needs

We are working hard to identify & meet the needs of people during this time. If you, or someone you know, has some needs that you’d like to ask for help with, please fill out this form. We will do the best we can to help meet those needs.

5. Give Online

While this season is really hard, God is bringing us many opportunities with many people. Your giving empowers us to continue to reach our city, minister to people’s needs, expand our use of technology, and partner with community organizations to make a difference. You can give online here, or mail any checks to 74 S. Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

Praying for you and all that we’re all processing through in this season!

In Christ,

Tim Walker
Lead Pastor

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March 17, 2020

“I pray to God to give me perseverance and to deign that I be a faithful witness to Him to the end of my life for my God.” – St. Patrick

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Everyone,

I’m sure this isn’t how any of us would’ve imagined spending this holiday, but we are working as fast and as hard as we can to rapidly adjust. As we continued to navigate this crisis, we want to continue to communicate & connect with each of you. One of the ways we will do that is in a weekly update for you on where we’re at and where we’re heading.

Here are four important updates for this week:

1. Online Gathering

Fight spiritual distance by connecting with us for our Online Gathering, this Sunday at 10am. We’ll be streaming on Facebook & YouTube, and we’d love to have you engage & share it with your friends.

2. Be Safe & Stay Connected

We want you to be safe, listen to our leaders & the CDC, and stay home as much as possible. Although we cannot be together physically, we want to stay connected through technology. Stay connected to people in your Community Group, follow along on Social Media, and email us back if you have any questions or needs.

3. Helping Hands

We want to be the church & represent Jesus well in this season. There are many great organizations in our city that are safely helping people who need it most, and we would love to mobilize healthy & willing volunteers to help in these opportunities. CEO is currently looking for help in packing and/or delivering emergency food boxes for seniors. Please sign up here for a date/time to join into those efforts: Emergency Food Volunteers

4. Give Online

Although ministry looks different in this season, we are still working hard to accomplish our mission: Multiplying Followers of Jesus. Your giving empowers us to continue to reach our city, minister to people’s needs, expand our use of technology, and partner with community organizations to make a difference. You can give online here, or mail any checks to 74 S. Meade Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

We’re praying for each of you and trusting in Jesus for all that he wants to do in us and through us during this season.

Tim Walker

Lead Pastor

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March 12, 2020

Restored Family,

Every week, hundreds of people from infants to elderly people gather in our church building. As leaders, we take our responsibility seriously to care for the spiritual development and physical safety of everyone that walks through our doors.

We care deeply about you and your safety. And not only do we care about you, we care about our neighbors as well – especially the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. As followers of Jesus, we are commanded to care for the most vulnerable in our community. So let me start with what we are doing, and then back up to tell you why.

We are moving our Sunday Gathering online this Sunday at 10am, and cancelling the final week of Community Groups.

It’s important to note — this is not a fear-based decision. We are not scared of the problem, but we do want to be a part of the solution.

Our urban context presents a number of unique ministry dynamics that we have prayerfully & carefully considered in this decision. Specifically, many of our church attenders are neighbors that live in apartment buildings, housing units, and high-rises with many disabled, elderly, and immune-compromised neighbors. We wouldn’t want to risk someone catching something here and taking it back to their buildings.

As a church “In the City, For the City”, our hope is this decision communicates to our city that we care deeply about its welfare. In times of need, Christians throughout history have made decisions in the best interest of their city, even when it is in opposition to their own self-interest. This isn’t something we like doing, but it’s something that we feel like we need to do to be like Jesus and place other’s needs higher than our own desires.

Although our community is feeling a lot of uncertainty, let’s remind them of the certain hope that we have in Jesus. Social distance doesn’t mean social isolation. Let’s be intentional to care for others and represent Jesus well by serving people in a crucial moment in our culture.

You can tune in Sunday at 10am on our Facebook Page or YouTube Channel. We will be posting regular updates on our Facebook, Instagram, and Website as we continue to monitor the situation.

Praying for each of you,

Tim Walker

Lead Pastor