Note: The EBC church office and the Norfolk Food Pantry
remain open following their usual schedules.
March 27, 2020
Dear Emmanuel Family,
We hope that you and your families are well. We are praying for you. We want to continue to be the church that gathers together to worship the one true God. As a friendly reminder, the Church is not a building, but a people who have been called out of the world to be God’s ambassadors to the world. Although we are not physically meeting, the ministry of Emmanuel in Norfolk and our surrounding towns continues to hum on. The Word continues to be preached. We are still supporting missions foreign and national. Maintenance and upkeep are still going forward. We are still tending to the needs of the flock as well as the community around us. Our Sunday service has changed, but the mission and ministry of EBC continue to move forward. As we partner with our local authorities, we want to be good neighbors in our community and remain safe when we do meet.
At this time, the mandate for social distancing, lockdown of non-essential vendors and availability of critical vendor services will remain in effect until Tuesday, April 7, 2020. Emmanuel's Sunday services will remain suspended and will be revisited on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 for discussion and determination.
- We will continue to provide resources online for your family worship time
- No in-person meetings will happen at Emmanuel through April 7 and we will reassess after that date based on the local authorities.
- The church office is open to receive deliveries, tithe checks and basic necessities for Food Pantry operations.
- Our facilities have been cleaned top to bottom so that when we do begin meeting together, our spaces will be clean, fresh and safe.
Like the Good Samaritan in Luke 10, let’s take this opportunity to help meet the needs of our neighbors and those around us who need help. Let’s engage with our neighbors, loving them by sharing and serving them with an attitude of “What’s mine, is yours, if you need it.” This is an opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus, meeting the emotional, physical, practical, and spiritual needs of our community.
Our Plan for Serving Others:
I CAN Help: If you are interested in helping, please email the office and let us know how you can help during this crisis. Perhaps you could help by praying for requests, giving a phone call to those who are lonely, or delivering groceries or prescriptions to those who are unable to get out? Let us know by calling or emailing the office. We will direct you to the appropriate team.
I NEED Help: For those who need prayer, a friendly phone call, or groceries or prescriptions delivered to them, call the church at 508-528-5862 or email us at email@example.com. The office and your request will be directed to the deacon or deaconess board.
GIVE to Help: Continue to give online at ebcnorfolk.org/give, or by dropping off your tithe at the church office (which remains open) or mailing it to EBC c/o Financial Secretary, PO Box 145, Norfolk, MA 02056. Perhaps on top of your regular tithe, you would like to give to the Deacon Fund toward the potential increase in needs that may be coming associated with providing help to our faith family and neighbors.
As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, we know that the God who brings us together is also the God who scatters us into the community to share our resources and to share hope. Know that we are praying with you and praying for you. We look forward to the time we can get together to celebrate the goodness of God, but until that time, let’s continue to meet for family worship and over Zoom, and be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.
God Bless You, Emmanuel,
Don Ricketts, Elder Chair
Rick Eldridge, Admin Chair
March 13, 2020
Dear Emmanuel Family,
We the Body of Christ at Emmanuel have been given a great opportunity to be living examples of Christ to our communities and families during this time of fear and uncertainty.
Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea.”
The leadership of Emmanuel has decided to exercise caution, to keep everyone safe from exposure to the Coronavirus (Covid19). It would be almost impossible to have a congregation of 200 people gather in the small confines of the sanctuary without elevating the risk of exposure to the virus.
Therefore, we would like to announce that worship service and all meetings and events will be suspended for the next two weeks. There will be no public gatherings at Emmanuel from March 15 to March 29 [UPDATE: through April 7th], this includes all committee and board meetings, as well as AWANA and other youth group programs.
Scripture has called us to worship in “Spirit and Truth” but has not limited us to worship in a specific building as we “are the living temple.“ Therefore, we be uploading Pastor Pete’s sermons on the website for all to participate in worship and prayer in their homes on Sunday morning.
We ask that everyone be diligent in prayer, that God will be glorified through our actions during these challenging times and that our community will see the love of Christ through our compassionate love for each other and our neighbors.
If you have any questions or are in need, please contact the church office.
In Christ’s Love,
EBC Elder Board