In order to be good partners with our local leaders and a good neighbor to our community, we will continue to follow the guidelines our federal and state leaders have established. We will be closed through May 3rd and will reevaluate our situation as new information becomes available.
Even though we can’t meet in person, ministry and life go on.
This last week the elders emailed our "Pray for Norfolk" initiative, praying for every home and street in our town. Please review that email and take a look at what streets you would like to commit to walking and praying over. When Emmanuel was first planted, Norfolk was seen as a mission field. We want to invite you to come back to our first mission field. Who knows what God is already doing in the lives of our neighbors near our campus? After all this, who knows who we will meet!
We have been particularly blessed by our weekly Wednesday Zoom prayer gathering. We invite you all to come and share in the life and prayers of one another each Wednesday. Watch your inbox for the next Wednesday night invite.
If you are in a small group, we encourage you to keep zooming, sharing both your lives and what that Lord is teaching you in this time of waiting on Him. We all can be ministering to our small group communities in a new way as well as to our neighborhood community. Now is the time for the Church to be reaching in and out in some way, either by prayer or a conversation on the sidewalk. Let’s all be prayerful and creative, watching for new ways the Holy Spirit would use us today.
Each day we are making phone calls and checking in with people and we are encouraged to hear your voice. Let's all continue to reach out and pick up the phone, sharing life and needs and prayer, mutually encouraging one another.
Continue to participate on Sunday as we offer online resources each week for EBC’s worship service. Although we may be apart, the Church is not a building and we can raise our voice and lend our minds in unison each Sunday to our Savior Jesus. Share with one another a thought or action point from a sermon you heard.
We have hope because of who Jesus is and look forward to hearing about what God has been doing in this season. Let’s continue seek Him with our whole hearts in spirit and in truth and make every effort to stay attached to the Vine. His joy is there, we simply need to remain in Him.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:9–11
We love you and are praying for you.