May 21st Update:
Dear Wellington Community Church Family,
Last week was such a joy to be with all of you as we worshipped the Lord together!
Thank you for those who came in person, and also for all those who also worshiped with us online. Last week the turnout was very evenly spaced between the 1st and 2nd services and went very smoothly. Thank you!
As we continue to adapt to our ever-changing situation, and after talking with several of you; we have decided to change the service times to 8 AM and 10 AM. We hope that makes the morning easier for folks, especially with the 2nd service end time.
Thank you so much for your flexibility, we look forward to worshiping you at either online or at 8 & 10. LIVESTREAM will be at 10 AM.
Thanks and God bless,
The WCC Leadership
May 14th Update:
Dear Wellington Community Church Family,
We are so looking forward to joining together for worship of our Lord this Sunday! Here is an explanation of what to expect:
As you may have heard, we are planning to hold in person services this Sunday. We are doing this for several reasons… most importantly because our Lord seeks for His people to gather together in worship. Likewise, we know that our spiritual fellowship is a key part of our relationship with the Lord. Not only that, but this is our opportunity to celebrate Him and serve Him as we gather with one another in His name.
As the “stay-at-home” order has been lifted and we transition to the “safer-at-home” order; along with the fact that all around us businesses are beginning to operate somewhat normally… (including the Boys and Girls Club now up-and-running again) it seems as though this is a time when we can return back to in-person worship, albeit with some adjustments.
Although restrictions are easing, we still recognize that community officials have asked us all to proceed with caution. Therefore, we have the following plans for our reopening.
1) We will be meeting for worship at 9 AM and 11 AM. LIVESTREAM is only 11 AM.
a. The 9 AM service will be “unplugged” and in the old sanctuary. There will not be the worship team, the service will not be streamed, and Pastor Russ will not have a microphone. We’ll just have an old-fashioned worship service singing acapella hymns from the hymnal, perhaps a brief testimony time, and time together in the Word.
b. The 11 AM service will be in the gym and will include the worship team, full sound, and online streaming.
2) Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend, but there will be no children’s ministries of any kind for either service. Tragically, there will be no coffee either.
3) Anyone who has any cold/flu symptoms is asked to stay home. We love you but believe it’s best if you join us online until you are symptom-free. The 11 AM service will be streamed online as we have been doing during this past couple of months.
4) We ask everyone, including children, to wear face coverings while you are here. Whatever mask or face covering you use while shopping will be fine.
5) While you are here, please follow social distancing principle of maintaining 6 feet of distance, not hugging, shaking hands, and keeping to just one person/family in the restroom at a time, etc.
6) The worship service in the gym will only have plastic chairs set up, no cloth chairs. They will be set out in rows but with large gaps between each row to allow for families to sit together while also maintaining six-foot distances from other non-related people.
7) We also asked that you make liberal use of hand sanitizer, as well as sanitize the chairs after you touch them. Supplies will be provided. While we would not require people to wear gloves, it might be wise to wear them while you’re in the building and remove them just after you leave.
Finally, please do not feel pressured to join us for worship. We are grateful that technology allows us to still meet together live and online, even if we are separated by our distances.
If you would like to help with the set up for this Sunday… we will need help disinfecting both the Old Sanctuary and the Gym, straightening up, etc. Please check with one of the deacons to find out when everyone’s going to be here.
In all of this, thank you for your patience, and your love and support. These have been interesting days that have taught us much about life, the Lord and spiritual priorities. We trust that the Lord has used this experience to draw you closer to Him and in your love for His people.
Once again, while it has been wonderful to worship the Lord together with you online, we’re especially looking forward to worshipping the Lord with you in person! May this time be a blessing for us all.
Yours in Christ,
The WCC Leaders
April 30th Update:
Dear Wellington Community Church Family,
These are interesting days for all of us and each new day brings new opportunities to see more clearly the abundance of God’s blessings in our life and how important it is for us to maintain our biblical priorities in the midst of life’s confusion. Thank you for being faithful in your commitment to Christ and living by faith and trust in Him!
More than likely, you’ve begun to see signs this “shutdown” is coming to an end. This week many businesses have reopened and many more are opening soon. If you “streamed” with us last week, you even heard us announce that were planning to return to “in-person” worship services for this Sunday at 9 & 11 AM.
However, during the past few days, we have continued to weigh the present situation and assess just how much remains closed in our society. After much deliberation, we made the difficult decision to not meet in-person this Sunday. We did not make this decision easily or readily and many different positions and options were weighed. In fact, not all of us agreed with all the issues we were considering or how we have concluded.
But in light of the current state of our community, the majority of us felt that our witness would be better served by staying home for another week or two. While we want to be careful about ceding too much control to anyone other than Christ, we also felt that for the short term (as in a couple of weeks) our streaming services and online prayer meetings allow us to gather together in the spirit of Hebrews 10:24-25 while also recognizing our responsibility to honor governing authorities (Romans 13).
So, sadly, we will not hold in-person services this Sunday and instead will hold just the one streaming service at 10 AM.
We do expect to begin meeting together soon and we will keep you posted. When we do hold in-person services, please plan on using social distancing principles, wearing masks, not shaking hands, etc., but know we look forward to sharing in fellowship as a church family around God’s Word.
Thank you for understanding the nature of this difficult decision. For now, we trust that you are continuing to walk more closely with your Lord and focus on Him and praise Him even in the midst of these trials. Likewise, we hope you’re pursuing Sunday’s prayer challenge to pray at least 5 minutes each day, without asking the Lord for “stuff” but rather praising Him and seeking to further understand Him and His work in your life.
Please let us know of any thoughts or concerns you might have.
Thank you and God Bless,
The WCC Leadership
March 20th Update:
Dear church family,
We hope this finds you well and at peace in the midst of this current challenge! In these days, our desire is to share the hope and sufficiency that is Jesus Christ in every circumstance. May all who come in contact with us find us ready to share this great promise of eternal life!
Last week, we gathered as a church family and livestreamed the entire service on Facebook for those who were not able to join us. You are all aware the coronavirus situation continues to develop and change. Thus, for now, we have chosen to honor our government’s wishes and not gather as a large group, and instead, host our worship service online for the next few weeks. This decision is not being made from a position of fear, anxiety, or worry. God knew about this situation before the world was made, and it will be used for His glory.
Moreover, scripture is clear we are to care for the flock entrusted to us. This is directed to the spiritual needs as well as physical needs of the body, and this influenced our decision greatly. Many in our church family are either susceptible, or are caring for someone who is susceptible to this virus. We also recognize loving our neighbor means seeking how we may be best able to exhibit Christ's love to those in the Church and in the community.
For the foreseeable future, we will only be holding worship services online. All other church functions… Sunday School, the Membership Class, small groups, etc., will be cancelled. We have not officially decided to cancel Resurrection Weekend Services yet, and we will let you know if or when that happens.
So for now, we strongly encourage you to gather with your family and loved ones and join us ON FACEBOOK to praise and thank our Gracious Lord and listen to the teaching from His Word. You can join us on Facebook at the Wellington Community Church homepage (facebook.com/ChristDied4Us/) this Sunday at 10 AM. If you watched the stream last week, it was a bit bumpy. We are working on making sure the technology is working correctly (thank you to the guys who are working on it!).
For those with children who will be watching… for one thing, let ‘em squirm, we won’t know anyway! We’re also going to have a slightly shorter worship set, and a slightly shorter sermon (well, possibly, this is Russ preaching afterall!). Russ is also planning to adjust the “sermon” a little bit so that it is more engaging for families who are watching together.
We are praying that this Sunday we can all worship the Lord together as a connected community, even if we are in our respective homes.
Since there may be many needs coming our way as a church and a community, Pastor Russ will also be updating us regarding ways that we can serve one another and our community. To that point, please tell us if you or someone you know has been affected and need prayer, shopping or meal assistance. Also, please be praying about how the Lord might have you be involved.
When it comes to living as a church family that’s temporarily engaged in “social distancing”, please continue encouraging and communicating with each other—all the while, looking expectantly for what the Lord is doing in our midst. We serve a great God and He is at work here and there is no better place to be, during time of difficulty, than with God's people!
Finally, please be of great courage… we serve a great God who has this whole situation in His plan. This situation with COVID-19 may seem scary and uncertain - but the children of King Jesus have nothing to fear. During times like this, let us be like David in 1 Samuel 30:6, who was facing his own possible death at the hands of violence, but went and strengthened himself in the Lord. Use this time to draw closer to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through prayer, study of His Word, and taking every thought captive to the truth of Christ and His Word.
We are thankful for all of you, we’re praying for you and we’re grateful that today's technology makes it possible for us to continue to gather as a family even though it is virtual. We’ll see you Sunday at 10 AM!
With much love and prayers,
The Leadership of Wellington Community Church
March 12th Update:
During times of difficulty, fear and uncertainty, there is no better place to be than with God's people to be built up in the faith and encouraged by one another! Due to the increasing incidences of COVID-19 infections and the high rate of infectious transfer, we are moving to full livestreaming. Although this is not ideal, we will broadcast the entire service and it will be available on Facebook live and for later watching.
We encourage you to continue communication with church family and reach out to one another. If you or someone you know has been affected and need prayer, shopping or meal assistance, please let us know.
Please join us via livestream on Facebook, we will broadcast the entire service starting at 10 AM. If you click "Like" on our Facebook Page ahead of time, you should be notified when we go "live".
As citizens of the Kingdom of God, this is a good reminder that our hope and eternal security are in Christ alone!