Unless you have been living in a cave in the last four weeks, you know that life has changed. Drastically. You understand that normal rhythms of life have been shaped by a two-metre bubble, sanitizing wipes for every surface and perpetually dry hands due to washing.
I fear I may wash my skin off!
I Want My Life Back
I think the overwhelming public sentiment is “We want to get back to normal!”
I want to hug and high five again, eat at restaurants and be able to shop wherever I want-be it essential or not! I want to hang out at church and go to a concert or hockey game with 18,000 people.
But another part of me wonders if going back to normal is a good idea.
If normal is rushing from one appointment to another without taking time to stop for a break, maybe it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Or if it is putting our kids in every sport/activity under the sun so we only see them in the car or from the stands…I don’t think that is really family time.
If it is eating meals at a drive-thru then scrolling through our phones all night when we could be outside BBQing with friends, I think we have missed the point.
Or if it’s skipping church because you are a bit tired from a late night, and you aren’t “feeling it…” maybe normal isn’t all that healthy.
I don’t think God wants us to get back to normal.
A New Normal
Maybe the new normal God wants to set for us is where we pray, not just because we need something, but because we need Someone. Where we spend time with our kids at home with no agenda other than to play a board game or throw a ball around in the back yard. Or where we call a friend on the phone or go for a coffee because true emotion is better expressed in person than through an emoji.
We are going to get through this crisis and come out stronger. Let’s just make sure that we set Jesus as our priority and view people with His love and compassion.
Now that is a “New Normal” I can get behind!
Here is an update on the happenings at North Pointe:
-Our Pastoral staff continues to work to provide online opportunities for connection and growth. We have small groups for women and men meeting via Zoom, and many meetings taking place on almost every video platform. If you ever need to speak to a pastor or would like prayer, please call our office at (780) 452-5566 or email email@example.com
-The church office remains open (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm). The rest of the building has gone into shut-down mode to save money. Everything is cleaned and ready for the day we are able to open our doors up again.
-Each weekday at 10:00am I am doing a devotional on our Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/NorthPointeYEG/ Between 3-500 views of this video teaching is happening each day. Join the fun! Make sure to read the North Pointe blog at www.blog.np.church Each Thursday a new blog post will be released. Sign up to get email reminders whenever a new blog is posted and to receive important updates on what is coming up in the life of the church.
-We are looking for people who would be willing to make some calls to seniors in our area. Please contact Patricia Petrie (firstname.lastname@example.org or 780 452-5566) to help out! Thanks!
-Sadly, with our Sundays going to an online format and with programs and rentals halted, we have had to make some tough decisions this week. Several of our support staff members in our Facility, Play School, Administration, Tech and Kid’s Ministry have been temporarily laid off. As well, our remaining Staff and Pastors have taken a 20% reduction in pay. We are doing all we can to help our church family weather this storm and emerge stronger on the other side. We are in this together!
-Many people have asked how they can give now that we don’t have services in our building. You can give online at www.np.church or at our giving station inside the north doors of the church (M-F 8:30am-4:30pm). We thank you for your continued faithfulness in giving. Your generosity is inspiring.
It is a privilege to serve as your pastor during this time of crisis. I believe that as we focus on Jesus and look out for those around us, we will emerge stronger, better and will bring Real Hope, New Life, and Lasting Purpose to our area.