5/17/2020

May Update

Dear Church Family:

As we continue to be in the midst of this pandemic, this season of national turmoil and financial upheaval, it is good to be reminded that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  The church is still the church (Matthew 16:18).  In this email, I would like to give a brief update on the ministry of Bemidji Covenant and the current plans I, along with our church staff and Leadership Team, have been working on to prepare for the next chapter of Bemidji Covenant’s ministry. 

First, I want to share that during this time of physical separation ministry is still happening!  God’s Word is being proclaimed and taught at all levels, care is being extended in new ways, mission support is still occurring and outreach is happening.  We have had over 25 white roses of new commitments to Christ during this time of separation. Imagine the joy when one hears “Yes, I want to follow Jesus.”  God continues to do the good work of His Kingdom through each of us. 

The end of May we will be doing interviews for a new position entitled, Director of Communication and Technology (IT).  This position will be doing some of Lori’s past responsibilities but primarily focusing on areas of communication and technology which is a growing need for ministry today.  We have posted Terri’s position of Office Manager and will be taking applications until the end of May.  If you are interested or know someone who might be - please apply from our website; https://www.bemidjicovenant.com/jobs/  We are thankful to Barb Hall who is temporarily working primarily with our finances during this time.  Please keep us in prayer for these new staff positions and during this transition.

Secondly, we are all praying for, and looking forward to, the day we can meet together in worship and resume a sense of a new normalcy.  In the mean time we are committed, as a church, to continue living out the Great Commission of Christ to make and deepen disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20) and the Great Commandment of loving God with our whole being and our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39).  Lets continue to partner with God during this crisis meeting the needs of our community. 

I have talked to many of you who are saying, “I can’t wait to be together with the church again.” And, “I miss seeing everyone!”  I miss all of you too!  I very much look forward to when we can be together again!  

With this in mind, I want to let you know that your church leaders are discussing and working on multiple scenarios that will help us connect and be together as we prayerfully discern what is a God-honoring and safe journey forward.  We will continue to honor and respect those in governmental and medical leadership while we prepare to re-gather as soon as we are able.  We will communicate these plans just as soon as we have clarity on when we can gather, what size groups will be allowed and how we can provide safe and clean facilities. Until then, continue to enjoy the worship services, and all of the children’s, youth, and adult resources provided online. If you have any questions, please let us know.  

Always feel free to call us or email us.

 Finally, I want to thank our staff and ministry leaders for their hard work and adaptably during these times of change and uncertainty.  You have reflected the light of Christ.  I also want to extend a “Thank You” to each one of you for your prayers, support, financial giving and reaching out to one another with phone calls and care during this unique and challenging time.  You are helping make Bemidji Covenant Church a great family of faith.  May our Lord continue to lead us into the plans He has for us.

In Christ

Pastor Todd

3/17/2020

Dear Bemidji Covenant Church and friends,

As of right now, there are no positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Bemidji. We are aware that could change at any moment. 

As information stands at this time, we are joining our Health and Government leaders in closing access to our facility and moving our ministry online. All regular and scheduled activities are canceled. Many will move to online and be resourced. 

Please be aware that we are watching the developments of the Corona Virus carefully. We will keep you all informed of Bemidji Covenant schedules as best as we can. 

Watch for our Bemidji Covenant Church emails and visit the church Facebook and website for the most current up to date notifications.

As is being mentioned everywhere: Please practice physical distancing, intentional hand washing, do not shake hands, do not touch your face, etc. 

To assist us in being aware of one another’s needs and to aid in our prayer for one another, please let us know if you are ill. This is helpful all the time, but particularly during this time.

To attend worship online use our website: bemidjicovenant.com or here on Facebook. One of our concerns with attendance at our online services is the loss of gathering together in community. We can mitigate this a bit by letting one another know of your online presence with a greeting and comments in the live chat line. If you have questions or difficulty or need further instructions on how to do this please call us and we will try to guide you.

Finally, remember that we need not be fearful. God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in times of trouble.

 

Your partner in the gospel,

Pastor Todd on behalf of the Bemidji Covenant Staff and Leadership Team

3/16/2020

Currently, all on-site church activities are canceled, including Wednesday. Services will be streamed at 10:00 am on Sunday, but not held onsite.  Video on demand is available to watch at any time via our website, bemidjicovenant.com.  Online options for NextGen Ministries can be found on their Facebook pages, Covenant Kids Bemidji and Student Life @ the Covenant. The entire church campus will be closed for all meetings including gym use.  The office will have normal office hours, Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. And will be able to receive phone calls 218-751-3699. Sign up for our newsletter bemidjicovenant.com/newsletter to keep updated on information.  We will be re-evaluating ministry status on March 30.