March 20th, 2020
Dear Church Family,
When we began 2020, we didn’t imagine the world would be facing the particular challenges it is facing now. The speed at which everyday life is changing can be overwhelming and scary. As people of faith, we are not immune to those feelings, but we can endure by leaning on each other through phone calls, prayer, reading and trusting in the promises of God. God is in control and He is still with us as we go through this time of trouble. Psalms 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Although there is much uncertainty in terms of the effectiveness of our leaders; we can be confident that God is worthy of our trust and he will deliver us.
We are exploring ways to remain connected to each other using technology. As we develop these ideas, we will inform everyone. Our Adult Sabbath School continues on our prayer line every Sabbath at 10am. Call telephone number 1-319-527-3513 and use code 510 859 to be connected. We are encouraging members not to gather in groups larger than ten as the Center for Disease Control suggests. At this time, we encourage members to visit the online Seventh-day Adventist worship services provided by local churches. Here are some examples:
Our Renovation Project
When we emerge from this crisis, we will be occupying our newly renovated building. The work on our building continues with a reduced number of workers so as to adhere to State and CDC guidelines. Please continue praying and giving to the renovation project.
We are still able to receive your tithes and offerings. We are encouraging members and friends of Wheaton to sign up for online giving. Please use this link: https://www.wheatonsda.org/
You can also mail in your tithes, offerings, and donations to our church address which is also found on our website.
In closing, it feels good to have everyone home. Ethan, our eldest son, is back from college as I am sure many of your college age young adults are. I know others will be back in the coming days. Enjoy each other’s company. If they haven’t eaten all the food yet, try to eat together, pray and play games. Make the most of our break from the “hustle and bustle” of life. We praise the Lord for Dwane James’ continued recovery, and other notable blessings. God is able!
Please visit our church website as often as you can to find up to date information.
Ps Steve Murphy, Yvette, Ethan, Keiran and Reuben.
Wheaton Seventh-day Adventist Church