All property use and public gatherings are canceled at this time. Join us in making an extra effort to stay connected online to our NRC community:
Need Help? - If there is anything Pastor and/or your Elders and Deacons can do for you, please let us know. We're ready and willing to serve you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Note from Our Pastor:
I learned a while back that Talk + Time + Togetherness = Intimacy. The more time we spend talking together, the closer we feel to one another. What an amazing time we live in, that through these extraordinary circumstances of social distancing and self-isolation, we can still spend time talking together over various apps and platforms of communication.
Yet digitizing communication does not meet the full need of communication nor togetherness. When I talk to my Mom on the phone, I can't see her facial expressions. When I see you online, I can't pick up your full body language. And there's just something about human touch - a handshake, a hug, etc. - that can't be replicated in digitized communication.
I give thanks to God for His Word that transcends time and space and teaches us how to enjoy the company of the saints, even when our human senses are inhibited (See Rom. 8:38-39; 1 Cor. 12:12; 15:50; Col. 1:12; Hebrews 11:3; 12:1). I belong to you as your pastor and you to me as my flock (however interim God chooses to make it), and we belong to each other as siblings in Christ. I've been witnessing these connections in the chat section of our online worship this past Sunday as well as in the stories I'm hearing of folks checking in on each other to care for one another. It is encouraging and gives hope. YOU are encouraging, and YOU are a message of hope. Keep up the great work in our Lord!
In terms of church operations, not much more can be said that hasn't already been said:
1. You are the church.
2. Stay home, following federal and state protocol for your particular needs and situation. Practice good health and safety for your sake and to protect our neighbors who may be most vulnerable to dying from COVID-19.
3. Connect with one another as often as is helpful. If you're family and friends are starting to drive you crazy and you're looking for a little levity. Check out this fun excerpt on relationships: https://youtu.be/x1vn7XiAVdc I'm confident you'll get a laugh out of it.
4. Let myself and/or your Elders and Deacons know how we can spiritually care for you. And yes, groceries, phone calls, etc. fall under spiritual care.