Sunday Services Temporarily Cancelled


Dear Lakeway Church family,

 

Most of you have already been informed that we are not planning to meet together on Sunday for church. The Leadership Team has decided it is best for our church body to do what we can to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. There are so many unknowns around this situation and we have a significant number of our people in the at-risk demographic. We are not operating out of fear but we're trying to be wise and show care for our Lakeway Church community and our community at large. (Please see info below from WBIR's website.)

 

Mark's video taped sermon for the week will be posted online through the website (lakewaychurch.com).  as well as on the Lakeway Church Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LakewayChurch/). We will also be doing "Joys & Concerns" by email. If you have something to share, please send it to: mark@lakewaychurch.com. We will compile a list and send it out to everyone so we can be praying for each other. Weekly LT updates are listed below:


LT Update

April 2, 2020

 

All of us are trying to adjust to the many changes that are taking place due to the spread of COVID-19. We continue to be advised to stay at home, now through the month of April.  Just today, tighter restrictions have been issued here in our own state. This can be upsetting, but may we say as David did, “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.” (Psalm 18:2)  

 

We appreciate your prayers for the LT as we seek to provide guidance and care to the LC family during this time. Here are a few things we wanted to share with you this week:

 

         In accordance with national guidelines, we will not be meeting together for worship services in the month of April.  Though this is difficult, it is what we need to do in order to love each other and our community. As we’ve said before, the LT will do our best to stay abreast of the latest information affecting our church gatherings and keep the church family advised.

 

         Regarding the message for this Sunday (Palm Sunday), we will again plan to record the sermon on Saturday and have it available to watch that evening or anytime afterwards. We appreciate your prayers for overcoming some technical difficulties we’ve encountered with this new venture. We’re hoping to live stream our service on Easter.

 

         We were able to have Sermon Breakout last Sunday using Zoom, and we will plan to do it again this Sunday. You should receive an invitation to join the meeting by email no later than Saturday. The time for Sermon Breakout will be 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, so hopefully you will have viewed the sermon by then. If not, you can still participate. We hope you’ll join us!

 

         We remind you that we want to know of any need that you may have during this time. Please contact us through Pastor Mark’s phone (423.736.1556) or email (mark@lakewaychurch.com). We want to be supportive of each other.

 

         We’re thankful for the financial support that has been received these past few weeks. The total giving for March was $7,967.60, compared to our budget of $7,929.80, and our actual spending of $7,210.46. Let’s see what our God will do through us all in April!  [Remember, financial gifts may be facilitated through online giving (found here) or through mail addressed to: Lakeway Church, 1855 Sulphur Springs Rd., Morristown, TN 37813.]

 

We continue to ask that you join us in praying that, by God’s grace, we will be the church He has called us to be for His glory.

 

The Leadership Team






WHY IS EVERYTHING BEING CANCELED?

Health officials with the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and others are urging people to limit their exposure to large crowds and groups of people to prevent the spread of the virus.

Two terms you are likely hearing more frequently are "flatten the curve' and 'social distancing.' The terms describe the importance of public and individual efforts to control a new disease with no vaccine and limit its spread via person-to-person contact.

'Flatten the curve' is an effort to prevent hospitals from being overburdened. The speed at which the disease spreads could overwhelm the health care system if cases spike too quickly and they receive more patients than they can care for. By 'flattening the curve' by reducing exposure, it reduces the speed new cases occur, limiting such a scenario and allowing response and life-saving treatment efforts to happen without overburdening hospitals. 

'Social distancing' is what you are seeing with these cancellations. Organizations are canceling these events out of precaution both for safety and to prevent a potentially rapid spread. The more people that gather in one place, the greater the risk there is for this disease to spread. Health experts say this kind of self-containment strategy is crucial in efforts to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19 and diseases like it

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