Hey church family,
As April arrives there is a feeling of celebration in the air. Springtime
flowers, new births, more sunshine and a receding pandemic all bring us a
desperately needed feeling of renewed hope. This truly has been a
challenging winter for most of us. And by winter, I mean both the season
and the condition I would call “emotional winter.” The season of life where
things are a bit more challenging than others. Some of us have lost loved
ones. Some of us have lost jobs. Some of us have seen our children suffer
greater than we have during this pandemic and it breaks our hearts for
them. But I want to encourage all of you, that this time we are in is
temporary, it is just a season. A season that I can see coming to an end for
our families and friends. The bible talks about how we serve a God of
seasons. Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 puts it this way:
1. For everything there is a season,
a time for every activity under heaven.
2. A time to be born and a time to die.
A time to plant and a time to harvest.
3. A time to kill and a time to heal.
A time to tear down and a time to build up.
4. A time to cry and a time to laugh.
A time to grieve and a time to dance.
So, while we have all been enduring this challenging season God’s promise
is that our seasons change. And yet while our seasons change, God
promises us that He never does. I want to encourage you believer to let
your hope arise, especially this time of year as we celebrate the
Resurrection. A new season is upon us, as Christ came to make all things
new. As we begin the process of reestablishing our family community at
Avoca, I encourage you to join us in celebrating Christ the king and the end
of our winter. And this week, Resurrection Sunday we are entering a new
season at Avoca. We have decided it is finally time to take down our
designated distanced seating ropes. We will no longer have designated
seating in the sanctuary. Instead, we simply ask that you honor one
another and do your best to consider each other first in social distancing.
This will allow people who want to sit together to do s. Removing the
designated seating will also allow us to accommodate our larger families.
We realize that this pandemic is not over, but we also realize that if the
family of God practices honoring one another that there is no need for
designated seating. I say this because for me this is a milestone. I have
waited for signs that we were almost through this. And I believe for us, this
will be a great beginning. So, people of God let your hope arise. We serve
a risen savior and because of Him, our winter is never very long.