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Hello Pacific,

I am hoping you are isolating well but seeking connection thoughtfully. As the closure of all large size meetings continue, Pacific will continue to provide you and your family a shared opportunity to worship. Presently, our best approach is to create and distribute videos that you can watch together. The three videos in the newsletter and found on our website represent the new reality of online church.  If you can, plan to watch it 10 am Sunday morning. You can know that many are watching it simultaneously with you.

I look forward to updating you further in the week as we continue to find ways to remain connected in this necessary season of isolation.

As a family, we moved from our home of 25 years. The move completely tired the boys out as it was just us that could do the work—not to mention both Monica and I. That couch was heavy. Bruises all around. But the job is done.

Many of you are already experiencing the economic fallout and the challenges this is bringing to your daily life and function. This will be a season where we need to put our complete trust in God and believe that he will supply us all with what is necessary for today and tomorrow. The Lord’s prayer perhaps has the best line for our new reality, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Trust in the One whose Kingdom is present and coming with greater power. Where we are weak, he is strong. May you be encouraged as you worship, pray, and apply God’s word through the videos you will watch. Children, don’t miss Mia’s video and activities she has prepared.

This week many pastors from Cloverdale and area met virtually to talk about the things we can do collaboratively.  We will join an effort titled “Love over Fear.” I will tell you more soon. Secondly, given the potential challenges many will face one of the big things we can do is to help people through seasons of mental fatigue and stress. As pastors we talked about some significant resources to help the church prepare well for helping others. I will share more about that soon too.

We will be seeking to serve you with all our available strength with God’s help. Have a blessed Sunday. Enjoy the sabbath knowing that God will supply.

Grace and Peace,

 

Pastor Jim