Covid-19 Response
Update March 17, 2020

We have had updates from the Provincial and Federal Government that gatherings are now restricted to 50 people. They are also advising people to self-isolate and stay home as much as possible.

We are proactively thinking through this and Pastor Ashley will be putting together some resources for families.

This coming Sunday we will again offer an online service at 10:00am.

We will have a full worship team and bringing the Word. We encourage you to share the link and open the doors virtually to others as it is a great soft introduction to church life at Lakemount.

Updates Regarding Church Life:

Life Groups:

Life Group leaders have been contacted and will be in touch with links to Private Facebook Groups where there we be Facebook Live opportunities to gather together.

They will also be setting up Zoom Calls which allows everyone to interact and see each other without being in the same room. All of the Life Groups will continue to run at the same times as usual.

 

Missions:

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone but the Gulu, Uganda trip as well as our Interns Mission trip to the Dominican Republic for now. We will work on plans for what that looks like once the pandemic is under control.  Please pray for our Global Workers who are trying to manage things in their countries as well.

 

Baby Dedications:

We have also postponed Baby Dedications that were going to happen this coming Sunday. There was some thought when we were restricted to 250 people that we would continue, but now with it being restricted to 50 people we will reschedule this for a later time


Family Announcement:

We want to update the church family that our beloved Pearl Chapman passed away this past the weekend. At 90 years of age, she was a fantastic woman of God; a Godly prayer warrior and intercessor. I have the privilege of conducting her celebration of life on March 18th, although I can’t invite you to attend to due to the current situation. We do recognize that there is an available mantle of intercession as she has passed from this live to the next.


Pastoral

We also want you to join with us a Pastoral team as we are doing the best we can reaching out to the “offline people. We want to make sure we are connecting well to those aren’t necessarily tech-savvy. Pastorally we are reaching out via phone, especially to our elderly congregation. We are wanting to check in and see if they are in need of anything – this could mean dropping food of on the porch.

We welcome you to do your part to think of anyone that may need anything and let us know if there is anyone that comes to mind. Beyond that, we encourage you as a church family to look around the neighbourhood and see if there is a need where you can be a light.

Pastor Matt

COVID-19 Response Update
March 14, 2020

One Online Service tomorrow at 10 am.

Leading in a time of crisis requires an awareness that we are not in the mode of “business as usual.
These are very unusual days.
If you’ve been to the grocery store in the last 24 hours – you know what I’m talking about…

David said in Psalms 37: “I was young and now I am old – and I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor their children begging for bread.
(You’ll notice he didn’t say anything about begging for toilet paper – haha!).

Here’s where we are at:
All of us are seeing information updates almost hourly from those in Governmental authority who are navigating this global health challenge.

Since my last update, the Government of Ontario has suggested that gatherings of over 250 be suspended in order to “flatten the curve” of this COVID-19 pandemic.

In countries like Japan, where they were early adapters to such measures, the COVID-19 outbreak was held to much lower numbers. This helps emergency rooms and medical isolation rooms remain functional instead of becoming overwhelmed.

For those who may be tempted to conflate the issue of submission to God versus “man” – let me say: we are NOT being mandated to shut down because of our message. We are being invited to care for the vulnerable (particularly the elderly and immune-compromised) in our region, province and country.

This is our privilege to do so. We can lead through our compassion for others and our submission to authority as unto the Lord.
We also lead in being peacemakers and hope-bringers.We have the capability to live stream our services online.

Tomorrow we will meet online for one service at 10 am.
Here’s the link: www.lakemount.ca

Also, in keeping with this action, we have also made the decision to suspend the following larger gatherings:

• March Break Camp
• Young Adults on Monday
• Greenhouse (already suspended due to March Break)
• Tribe J. Hi
• Lakemount Youth

Life Groups and other Lakemount-related smaller gatherings remain in full-effect with the following provisions:

1.) Please do not participate if you have travelled out of country within the last 14 days.
2.) Please do not participate if you are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms – instead reach out to us so that we can pray with you.
3.) Please do not shake hands or engage in other close proximity greetings.

Lakemount, you are a beautiful church family! Let’s take this opportunity to love our neighbours in practical ways – watch out for the elderly; share your toilet paper; be full of hope and faith and love.

What the enemy has intended for harm – God will turn and use for good!

The greatest days for the Church are right now!

Pastor Matt

We know that God is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in a time of trouble. Therefore, we won’t fear, but we choose to walk in wisdom. We are living in a time that Jesus saw coming so we want to firstly say: “Fear not!”

God’s ways are not like the ways of this world. He leads us to operate with Wisdom and Faith.

One way to describe wisdom is “hypothetical reasoning under the anointing.” Another good definition is “the ability to consider outcomes in the fear of the Lord.”

With these definitions in mind, here are a few things we have put in place for this upcoming Sunday:

COVID-19 Response at Lakemount Worship Centre
(Updated March 13, 2020)

With the heightened awareness related to the spread of the coronavirus virus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that we are carefully monitoring the developments and we are working with healthcare professionals within our church family to make sure we respond appropriately based on the most recent facts from our provincial and federal governments.

We know that God is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in a time of trouble. Therefore, we won’t fear, but we choose to walk in wisdom. We are living in a time that Jesus saw coming so we want to firstly say: “Fear not!”

God’s ways are not like the ways of this world. He leads us to operate with Wisdom and Faith.

One way to describe wisdom is “hypothetical reasoning under the anointing.” Another good definition is “the ability to consider outcomes in the fear of the Lord.”

With these definitions in mind, here are a few things we have put in place for this upcoming Sunday:

1. We will forego shaking hands and other close proximity greetings when we gather together. We want to ensure that you keep this in mind, as the elderly among us are the most vulnerable.


2. We already have a pandemic policy in place in regard which addresses health concerns through increased surface sanitizing, increase air-exchange protocol and also providing extra hand sanitizing stations at all entrances of the building.


3. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get some rest. But also, please let us know about it so we can pray for you. We are trusting God for health and healing, in Jesus name.


4. The mission of this local church and our reach around the world continues through our collective generosity. If you are unable to join with us, consider giving online at lakemount.ca/give.


We are continuing to monitor the situation and are doing our best to provide clear and proactive leadership. As we learn more, we will continue to navigate the changes and guidelines from the Ontario and Federal Government agencies.

Pastor Matt