RENEW REGATHER SAT JUNE 6TH | ONLINE TOMORROW
Renew – ReGathering
Saturday, June 6th – 7:00 pm – Beachler’s Home
Hi, Church Family!
Let’s talk about next weekend first. We are so excited to ReGather! If you are not able to attend or don’t feel comfortable, that is ok! We are planning to record a service Saturday morning and broadcasting it Sunday at 10:00 am. David Burdick will record a message to kick off our NEW PROVERBS SERIES.
Saturday, June 6th – 7:00 pm – we will be gathering to worship at the Beachler’s Home!
This past Monday, May 25th, churches were given the green light to regather. We are not able to meet at Hart-Ransom yet, but Hart-Ransom is excited to welcome us back as soon as they can. We are going to take our Regathering week-by-week. Please be in prayer, be gracious, and keep looking for updates via email, social media, and our website.
Additionally, after 21 days, the state will allow the health departments of each county to set the second wave of requirements for churches, based upon how the gatherings go.
Since we are gathering outdoors, the number restriction does not apply to us. HOWEVER, we are asking you to go on our website and let us know you are coming. This Sunday, May 31st, at 5:00 pm, the link on the website will go live. RENEWMODESTO.COM
Click on the link called | LET US KNOW YOU’RE COMING | and let us know how many in your family will be attending. We are asking you to do this to help us prepare in keeping the 6 feet social distance that we were asked to follow.
When you sign in to let us know you are coming, you will get the list of what to bring and the address to the Beachler’s as well as further information.
WHAT TO DO ON SATURDAY, JUNE 6th – 7:00 pm BEACHLER’S
- Bring your own mask – Wear your mask until you are seated in your area and then take it off.
- Bring your own chair/blanket.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided. Please use it when you show up and as you leave.
- There will not be any children’s church – Your children are welcome to come, but you are responsible for your children.
- We know it will be tough for them and us not to run and hug and handshake and see everyone, but we are asking you to help us out as we want to follow what has been given to us.
- We are asking everyone to keep social distance of 6 feet.
- We won’t be able to have fellowship time or be able to congregate before or after the service.
- Greeters will help guide you where to park and where to sit |With your chair/blanket|
- We are asking everyone to do a self-screening before they come.
Recommended self-screening questions:
o Do you have a fever of 100.4 F or higher or a sense of having a fever?
o Do you have a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
o Do you have new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
o Do you have a new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?
o Do you have new muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition or that may have been caused by a specific activity (such as physical exercise)?
o Has any member of your household had a fever or cough in the last 14 days?
o Have you or anyone in your family been in contact with COVID 19
We are thankful for this change to Regather and also to keep service online. If you have any questions, please let us know!
We are excited to finish out the Esther Series online! Can you believe it has been five weeks already? We are going to complete the series by looking at chapter 8 specifically, why a decree from the King could not be overturned.
Instead of having a Children’s moment in the service, we are attaching a link for you and your children to enjoy the Veggie Tales Story of Esther. “Make me a sandwich!”
You can watch the service in one of three ways tomorrow at 10:00 a.m.
RENEW ONLINE - ZOOM - CHILDREN'S PACKETS
Hi, Church Family!
Depending upon when you “officially” began the stay at home request, you and your family may already be a couple of weeks in or perhaps only a week, but you have quickly found that things are, NEW. If you are like me, one of the most significant adjustments to the “new” is getting used to the fact that every day feels like a combination between Monday and Saturday. If I were clever enough, I would come up with witty catchphrase or at least a neat social media post. (Just kidding)
However, this is precisely the very theme I wanted to share with you all. I have noticed an increasing number of social media and videos and emails that we have all been receiving, and I can only think to call them Counter Punches. These counter punches are being thrown at us by other Christian Leaders and Organizations that are trying to help combat all of the negative news we see about the Corona Virus and Dow Jones. Although I don’t think that is bad at all, I believe we can join in the countering of the lack of hope. I am just cautious that we don’t merely look for the newest yet fleeting moment of comfort. Don’t get me wrong; I love a hilarious Meme that makes me have a hardy laugh, and I can’t even get through trying to read it out loud without giggling. However, when those moments don’t last long. Like you, I am most at peace when I spend time with God. Especially spending extra time with my family during devotions. We have been going through the same devotion [“The Bible Made Easy” – for Kids, only $6.00 on Amazon right now] for the last several months, but here is the difference now. Although the devotion itself is not new, we have found that we are not “rushing” to get them done. Just like we were not “rushing” to get dinner cooked and consumed so we can “rush” off to karate, and gymnastics, or the ever daunting task of BATH TIME. So we can then “Rush” to get the kids to bed. You get the point. Even if you are not in the stage of child-raising, you probably have found yourself not rushing in some areas of your life. The slowing down and the intentional time we spend with God and each other is what is genuinely the counter punch. Actually, to read that sentence out loud makes it sound that God is second or reactionary, so the time we spend with Him is the first punch.
This Sunday, I have titled my message, “Courageous Peace,” and if I were to give the title a subtitle, I would call it, “This is what you have been praying for.” As I go through the Bible, I have found that COURAGE has more to do with character than being bold, and PEACE has to do more with being honest with yourself and God than just being ok. I won’t give too much away; you will have to watch it on Sunday.
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How are you all doing? Really, how are you doing, let me know?
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You may already be aware of the conference chatting platform called ZOOM.
I highly recommend it to stay connected with Family, Friends, and your Life Group. It is free at this point, so give it a try, and if you have any issues, let us know.
**We are planning in the next couple of weeks to host an open Life Group. More on that later.
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The WONDERFUL EMMA GROVER put together a fantastic packet for Young Kids for Sunday. It includes how to make a tambourine and scripture scroll and other activities.
| ATTACHMENT |
Hi, Church Family
We hope you are all doing well as you navigate the ever-changing new norm. Hebrews 13:8 comforts us by reminding us that regardless of what is going on around us, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever!!!”
As you probably already expected, we are not able to meet at Hart Ransom for the foreseeable future. Renew Youth Group will also not be meeting on Wednesday Nights.
BUT! The good news is we are still able to have church because the church is not a building or even what happens on Sunday. The church is the people, the Greeks used the word, “ekklesia” meaning an “assembly of people,” but even more, it means to be “called out to be an assembly of people.” That is precisely what we hope to do during this time when we can’t meet together. Don’t worry; we will still have an online worship service experience that you can watch on Sundays. |More on that down below|
We are hoping that we will be able to use this time to be the church to our neighbors and friends and family, even if it is through texting or phone calls.
SHORT TERM PLAN
Sunday Worship Service Online
On Sundays, we will post our worship service on our website
You will receive an email with a specific link earlier in the morning to help make it clear.
The service will also be on Facebook
| @renewmodesto |
We will be commenting and joining you during the service.
There will be reminders and updates on Instagram of the Worship Service.
| @renewmodesto |
Please feel free to share the links to anyone you think would benefit from the service.
Throughout the week, we will increase our social media presence and emails. We don’t want to overwhelm you but encourage you. On Social Media, you will find the questions from the sermon/message. The questions are the same ones that are typically sent out to Life Groups. Please feel free to engage in conversation with us and one another. You do not have to be part of a Life Group. Just jump in and join the discussion.
If you are already part of a Life Group, you can continue to email and text your group and join in on social media.
PRAYERS & NEEDS
If you need prayer at any time, please let us know how we can pray for you or email directly. Please also feel comfortable sending a message via Facebook Messenger and Direct Message via Instagram or call.
If you have a need, please also use the same method mention above to reach out to us. We are here to pray and encourage you but also to help meet any physical needs you may have.
If you are interested in being notified when a prayer request comes in, please respond to this email. There is no obligation, feel a need as you, and if you are not, that is ok.
**We will also have a link up later this week on our website and on the social media accounts that you can click on and ask for prayer or if you have a need. An email will be sent out to you when that link is up and running.
Parents of Children and Teens
We plan in the future to offer devotional and family material in the future to parents. We hope this will be an aide to help you find different ways to connect with your children and teens while spending extra time at home together.
We will keep you notified of any changes that should take place. We are exploring other avenues to increase connections, and when they materialize, we will keep you up to date.
PLEASE KEEP PRAYING
Prayer for our Church, Community, Nation, and Leaders. Please also pray for those who are in the front lines with the virus and who are sick.
We love you and are thankful for our community!
1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.