These are unprecedented and trying days. We are thankful that God has connected us together as His people in our church, and we pray that you, your family, and friends are doing well. As we evaluate our continued response to this situation, our faith in Jesus gives us courage and the wisdom from God makes us cautious.
For the next 2 weeks at least, we will not meet together in person, but will worship and connect with each other digitally. We will broadcast two live worship opportunities at 9:30 and 11:00 each Sunday at firstnorfolk.org/live and facebook.com/firstnorfolk. We will not have any weekday activities for the next 2 weeks also.
During these days, our church has set three priorities that will direct us and unite us together.
Caring for our Members.
Our first priority is to care for the members. We recognize that over the coming days, you may have a need that you need help with. If you have a need please contact the church office at 757-461-3226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our First Norfolk team is currently making calls to all our members who are most vulnerable or isolated during this time to make sure that they are cared for.
Because God calls us to love one another, we will use available technology to allow our groups to continue to meet together digitally. Times will be scheduled and communicated to group members. If you are not yet a part of one of these groups, text “LIFEgroup” to 757-742-5558 to get connected. Be watching for information from your leader soon.
Beyond groups that meet up on the internet, our church also offers a Sunday Morning LIFEgroup by telephone. To access this group, individuals may dial 1-877-407-0030, when promoted, enter the code - 0030.
Our second priority is to reach out to our community. God has orchestrated your place in your community in order to shine the light of His love to our neighbors. As our First Norfolk team continues to seek to help the people in our community, I want to encourage you to look for opportunities to serve your neighbors. In these days, God has fueled His church to show Christ’s compassion to our community.
Our third priority is to continue to fund the ministry that God has given First Norfolk. In order for our church to maintain God’s ministry priorities for our church, we need to continue to give our tithes and offerings.
You may give in three different ways:
1. Set up online giving at firstnorfolk.org/give. You will have the opportunity to set up recurring giving.
2. Mail your gift to the church at our Kempsville location: 312 Kempsville Road, Norfolk, VA 23502.
3. Drop your gift off at the Kempsville location offices between 8 AM and 5 PM on Monday through Friday.
To help us stay connected with you, please send us your updated email address to Pastor@firstnorfolk.org.
Our church is in the exact place that Jesus has called and equipped us to be. He is with us even as the chaos rages around us, and when Jesus is with us, we have the strength and peace we need for times such as these. Our confidence may be shaken, but Jesus isn’t. He isn’t rattled by the circumstances. And in the midst of the chaos, the creator of the universe speaks peace into the storm. The chaos calms. The storm subsides. Jesus saves!
Steps to decrease the coronavirus risk have been shared by businesses you deal with, schools, government agencies, and in the media quite extensively. Here are the basics:
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water
2. Avoid shaking hands, fist bumps, and hugs
3. Use hand sanitizer
4. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
5. Avoid those who are sick
6. Stay at home if you are sick
7. Cover your coughs
8. Clean and disinfect frequently
For more information, you can contact the Centers for Disease Control or the Virginia Deparment of Health.
In these days of uncertainty and fear, let’s be an encouragement to our family, friends, and neighbors by sharing the hope and peace we have in Jesus. Our community needs to know that Jesus loves them and that there is hope even in these difficult days.
Our prayer is that courage born by faith and caution born by wisdom will guide our church in the days ahead as we serve Hampton Roads to change the world.