Summit of Peace’s Covid-19 Plan
(updated March 17, 2020)
Thank you for your grace and patience as we continue to work our way through this unprecedented situation and determine the best ways to care for our members over the next few weeks.
With President Trump’s announcement to limit gatherings to less than 10 people, we have officially reached Stage 3 of our COVID-19 Plan. Therefore, we wanted to provide you with this week’s update. If you have any questions please never hesitate to contact the church office via phone(720-854-9460), email(firstname.lastname@example.org) or text(720-854-9460).
This past Sunday I shared the amazing words of Jesus in which he reminds us; “But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24) While the current conditions and requests by the authorities change how we are used to gathering together, they don’t put a stop to it. The church is not a building but a group of people who know of God’s great love for them, shown by sending His Son Jesus. He calls us together in community where he shares with us His gifts - but it is not absolutely necessary to gather in the traditional ways. With that in mind we want to share with you our efforts here at Summit of Peace to continue to connect with one another, share God’s Word, receive His gifts, and live out our faith
We will now provide all Worship Services through Facebook Live ONLY. We will provide both our Traditional 8am service and Contemporary 10:30am service online, and encourage everyone to join together from home in prayer and worship. Prayers can be provided in the comment section during the Live worship service and will be handed to the pastors for public prayer.
You can also share the worship services or start a Watch Party to worship with your family and friends around the country. The Live videos will remain on the Facebook page for viewing later in the day. The videos will also be uploaded to the website for viewing at a later date/time.
Our Wednesday night activities are canceled. There will be no Confirmation, no meals and no worship. However, Pastor PJ will be sharing his message on Job on Wednesday nights on Facebook Live at 7:00pm.
We will provide communion for those who would like to receive it, in an old-fashioned “Drive In” Style. During the appointed time, you are invited to pull into our parking lot and find a place to park. You will be handed a short devotional thought for confession and absolution. After a few minutes, the Pastors will make their way to your vehicle to commune those who wish to receive it, or a provide a blessing for those are not confirmed. We will be offering this option twice a week:
- On Sunday mornings from 9:15am to 10:15am – this will allow you to combine Facebook Live worship with communion if you wish. You are also welcomed to come just to receive communion.
- On Tuesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm – this is provided as an additional time or for those who cannot make it on Sunday.
This week we will also begin providing Virtual Bible Studies via Facebook Live on our Facebook page.
Pastor Jacoby will lead a Bible Study at the following times for anyone who would like to join from home:
- Tuesdays @ 6:30pm – We’ll look at various texts of hope and comfort each week. These are not meant to build on the previous week so that people join in as their schedules allow.
- Wednesdays @ 10am – In-depth study on the lesson from the previous Sunday
Simply go to our Summit of Peace Facebook page to watch the Bible Study live and ask questions in the comment section.
We are asking our Care Ministers to check in on their families every week for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we would appreciate it if you would please answer and/or return their texts, emails or phone calls so we know you are cared for.
They will be checking on how you are doing, if you need help accessing our church online, if you need anything including meals or prescription delivery, and accept any prayer requests you may have.
We are here for you so please don’t hesitate to share.
We are bracing for the possibility of offerings dropping as we suspend in-person worship services and as some of our members may be affected financially by the crisis. To address this issue, we’ve modified our budget to include only staff salaries and benefits, monthly bills, and communion supplies. We’ve asked all ministry leaders to pause voluntary spending for the next 3 months.
The modified budget lowers our weekly expenses to $9,795 per week (this last Sunday our offerings were only $7,300). This modified budget only covers the essentials of keeping our ministry running. It doesn’t allow us to help any of our church family who might struggle financially during this crisis.
We are asking each of you, as you are able, to continue to support Christ’s ministry through Summit of Peace as you always have.
- You can give your gift online at www.summitofpeace.org/donate
- Text “SOPLC” to 77977
- If you’d like to make your offering by check, please mail it to the church at 4661 E. 136th Ave, Thornton, CO 80602. Write “Attn: Counters” on the envelope so your gift can be put directly in the safe without being opened by staff.
- If you do take the opportunity to come to one of our offered communion times, you can also give us your offering envelope at that time.
Confirmation and Youth:
We are working on plans to continue connecting with our confirmation students and high school youth. We are looking at asking our small group guides and counselors to have virtual gatherings via Google Hangout. We are setting that up this week and hope to have it in place by next week. More details to follow.
21 Days Together
There is also an effort underway for our churches across the country to partner together at this time. Summit of Peace is one of those partners, here is a description of what that means.
As the Coronavirus global pandemic has created so much disruption in our lives, 21 Days Together is a resource for you to receive daily encouragement and hope, as well as inspiration to pray and act.
Here’s what you can expect. Starting Thursday, March 19th on FB and IG @21DaysTogether, we will be posting three daily videos. At 9AM Eastern, we will offer a word of hope and encouragement, at noon we will feature a way to act or help in the midst of this crisis, and at 3PM we will send out a daily family devotion that you can do in your house.
21 Days Together is a joint effort of 21 different churches but is a resource for all people to come and receive hope and encouragement, be inspired to pray and act.
When obstacles come, we stand firm on the promises of God. Let’s join together. #21DaysTogether
See you online. http://21daystogether.com