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In great anticipation of our Homecoming Celebration on this coming Sunday, May 24th, I am excited and look forward to the Maranatha family finally coming together again to worship in the House of God with a spirit of thanksgiving and praise. I hope you have been tremendously encouraged and blessed by our online worship celebrations over these past several weeks, and I thank you for your patience, understanding, endurance, and love as we have navigated carefully and prayerfully through these turbulent times in which we are living.
These past few months have certainly been challenging for all of us, and as the world around us begins to reopen gradually and cautiously, I have been in constant prayer, seeking the Lord’s wisdom and guidance for the safety and protection of His people as we reopen our doors for in-person worship in the wake of this global pandemic. To that end, the Lord has led me to establish the following Maranatha Congregational Homecoming Reopening Safety Guidelines:
Worship Celebration times for this coming Sunday, May 24th and Sunday, May 31st are 8:00 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. There will be no Sunday School on these days. Worship Celebration times for Sunday, June 7th and subsequent Sundays, until otherwise notified, are 8:00 a.m. for the first service and 10:45 a.m. for the second service. Sunday School will resume on Sunday, June 7th at 9:30 a.m.
Youth Ministry and an extended Thanksgiving and Testimonial Prayer Gathering in the Sanctuary will resume on Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 p.m. with social distancing measures in place, followed by Ensemble and Adult Choir Rehearsal.
In closing, we so much look forward to celebrating with you in our reopening Homecoming Celebration. We all know that we are living in extremely difficult times and the world has never needed the church more than it does now. We have the opportunity to demonstrate to hurting, unchurched, and lost people the hope of Christ who lives within us. The answer for America is not the White House, courthouse, news media, or talk shows. The answer is in the church house, and we really can’t wait to see our church family back together again! Let’s make sure that we as Christians continue to be the light in a dark world.
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
With Great Anticipation,
Pastor Rander E. Draper, Sr.
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