Special Report: Ministry Looks a Bit Different These Days
“For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will deliver us again.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-10
Who could have imagined where we would be today? Children home from school; parents working from home; public transportation stopped; sporting events, weddings, church services canceled; businesses closed–the list goes on.
God has brought the world to a standstill. COVID-19 has changed everyone’s everyday life. It’s scary. It’s jarring. It’s life-threatening. It’s no joke.
It is also an opportunity. We, as believers, have been thrust into a place we’ve never been before. With that in mind, how do we reach out and help when everyday life is so limiting?
The purpose of this special issue of the Mercy Minute is to invite you to encourage each other through this peculiar time. It’s time to get creative.
The Committee on Diaconal Ministries recently opened up the COVID-19 Pandemic Response (CPR) Fund. This fund will be used to help churches and individuals especially hard-hit by the COVID-19 virus. We anticipate great needs locally and regionally. All those who are able ought to be encouraged to contribute generously to their local deacons’ fund and to their presbytery diaconal fund. (Soon, many will be receiving economic stimulus checks, despite having lost no income; could that be shared with those in need?) For those who are able to give above and beyond local and regional needs, we invite to give toward this fund to participate in meeting needs in the OPC or within our sister churches around the world.
- To give online, please direct them to this “Donate” page on OPC.org.
- To give by check, please go to the CDM website for instructions.
- Questions or concerns, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org.