March 17, 2020
A Message To Our Church Family:
I want to say a huge thank you for all of your prayers and expressions of love this past week. They were definitely felt and I was blessed and overwhelmed by your kindness. Many have asked how I’m doing so here’s a glimpse of what’s happening now. I was released from the hospital to continue my recovery. The doctors felt I should continue recovery at home where it’s not only more comfortable, but safer from all the germs. Please continue to pray as I have a long way to go. Maybe you should really be praying for Tonilee, who is giving me great care and keeping me in line!
Now, Concerning the COVID 19 Update:
As you know this is a very fluid situation and things continue to change by the hour. Here’s where we are at the moment.
Our State and local officials have mandated a “no gathering” of 10 people or more and now have strongly suggested that ALL ORGANIZED GROUPS BE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Obviously we will cooperate as a church. This means we have cancelled all Sunday morning services, PrimeTimers Bible study, mid-week LifeGroups, LifeClasses and mid-week ministries until further notice.
We will not be discouraged! In fact, let me encourage you today with this: The church is not where we go, but it’s made up of people like you and me, who are the church wherever we go! Today we put our trust in Jesus. He is our hope, strength, peace and help in our time of need. Jesus said it this way in John 14:27; “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” How awesome to know that He gives us peace in every situation. Let’s remember today to spread His peace wherever we go and help those who are in need.
God is with you…God is for you…and He has you and your family in the palm of His hand.
This Coming Sunday:
This Sunday we will have a special online message by our special guest speaker, Kevin DeVries. Kevin is going to bless you with a great word of encouragement that is for us today. We look forward to our very first online video message this Sunday at 10:30 AM. Be sure to join in!
Thank you for your continued faithfulness:
We want to thank you so much for your continued faithfulness to the Lord’s tithe as we walk together through these unprecedented times. Our God is faithful. Your giving allows us to keep our financial commitments, support local missions in our community and missionaries around the world.
There are three ways that you can continue to give to the Lord:
By mail - 4570 Mackinaw Rd. Saginaw, MI 48603
Online at saginawfirst.church
Text to Give at 404-480-8182
We know that the Lord’s hand is moving through everything that is happening in our world. And His hand is upon us today. He is our fortress and strong tower. I encourage you with two verses found in Psalms 46:10-11 (NLT); “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.”
Be blessed today and be sure to tune in this Sunday morning at 10:30 AM on Facebook, as we do church together, online!
Blessings upon you,
In the meantime, please go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html or for the most current information.
Your Saginaw First Pastoral Staff and Board