At this time Gwinnett County Public Schools is not reopening Richards Middle School until at least April. Therefore, we will continue to have an online worship gathering via livestream through the end of March. It is possible this situation will continue beyond this date. We will provide more information as soon as more details becomes available.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Many of you have asked how you can help during this time. We have identified three primary ways that everyone can be involved in ministry during this crisis:
1. Pray | We find ourselves in a situation that is beyond our control. However, there is nothing about coronavirus, the state of our economy, or the state of our country and world that is beyond the care and control of the Almighty God. Our primary call as Christians is to be diligent to pray.
2. Give | It is a normal human impulse during these times to hoard what we have and to use our resources to stock up for an uncertain future. However, the work of the Church only increases during times of crisis as the needs of the community increase. Though our incomes may be limited for a time, believers are still called to make tithing a part of the Christian life. We ask that you prayerfully consider how God may be calling you to give of your time, talent, and treasure to partner with us so we can continue to pay our staff, minister to the community, and support our ministry partners and church planters. Options for online giving can be found at NEWCITYGIVE.org.
Also be looking for opportunities to help our neighbors and communities around us. The local economy is hurting as business are forced to close their doors. Consider supporting local restaurants by ordering a meal for pickup or delivery. We can support local businesses by buying online gift cards if we know we will need to shop there later. In our neighborhoods we can help our neighbors with care packages left on doorsteps as we become aware of needs.
3. Serve | We have been greatly encouraged as so many of you have offered your time and talents to serve those in need. As the needs of the community become known, we will be reaching out to some of you.
Our main focus during this crisis will be to support the Pine Valley community through our ministry partner Path Project. Juan and Amy Terrazas just had a baby, but as they begin to engage within that community again, we will be helping as much as we are able. More details will come soon.
Many of you have relationships with our other ministry partners such as Youth for Christ, and Upper 90. We encourage you to reach out to them and offer your support as they are aware of many needs in the community. You can contact Mike at YFC HERE and Jorge at Upper 90 HERE.
Check out Upper 90's Coronavirus page here:
In the meantime, we again encourage you to keep your eyes open in your neighborhood and at your workplaces (for those still going out to work) and ask God to show you opportunities to serve others.
IF YOU NEED HELP
If you are in need of assistance during this season, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. You can send an email to us HERE.
We are also encouraging our smaller groups to meet online using Zoom.
Ryan & Megan's MC
JEFF & BETH's MC
Jorge & Brittany's MC
EVAN & JENNA's MC
MIKE & EMILY's MC
STEVEN & HALLE's MC