March 13, 2020
Dear Mosaic Family,
After ongoing prayerful considerations, in light of Mayor Frank Scott’s encouragement where large gatherings of more than 200 are concerned, and desiring to do our part in helping to curb any further spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will be providing Sunday morning worship and teaching online for the next three Sundays (March 15, 22 & 29), and not gathering at the church until it is again reasonable to do so.
In this moment of heightened awareness and vigilance, our primary concern and responsibility is the health and well-being of each of you, and more broadly the people of our community…especially the homeless, sick, and otherwise most vulnerable.
With such people in mind, know that our staff is determined to remain steadfast in providing assistance to them through a variety of ongoing (albeit modified) programs in the coming weeks. Indeed, we trust you will consider volunteering alongside us as may be needed and/or if called upon to represent Christ well in these days, as people committed to Him via Mosaic.
Beyond this, please help us help you as well in the following six ways:
- Remain Anchored in FaithOver and over again, the Bible encourages us to live our lives by faith and not in fear.
- “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God shall rule your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6)
- “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life… Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)
- “My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
More than that, God expects His children to not only consider themselves, but others, too, in time of need… and in doing so represent the heart and hands of Jesus. Consider just a few such admonitions:
- “But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:17, 18)
- “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord...” (James 5:14)
- “I was naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison and you came to me.” (Matthew 25:26)
- “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” (James 1:27)
There is, of course, a fine line between faith and foolishness. In other words, we should by all means follow CDC guidelines for disease control and prevention in this season of concern.
Simultaneously, we should live and act in ways that will advance faith not fear, hope and help for all. Therefore, let us purpose to…
- Represent Christ well as courageous witnesses and sacrificial servants in this moment, and to be remembered to His glory for having done so once the current crisis is over.
- Become more disciplined in our prayer life and deepen our relationship with the Holy Spirit.
- Be vigilant in our prayer life asking if God wisdom for government officials, strength for health professionals, and that help will be readily available for those in most need of assistance throughout Little Rock and our beloved 72204 community.
- Be Engaged on Sunday MorningsBeginning this Sunday, March 15, at 10:45a, and until further notice, please plan to worship Jesus together as one each Sunday online, in solidarity and support of the efforts of others in the church determined to provide such an experience for you and your family.
Indeed, in this regard we will not skip a beat: our staff and lay leaders will continue to work hard to provide uplifting music and relevant teaching for you each week rooted in God’s word. In fact, last year we upgraded technology in the Sanctuary to provide a more reliable and quality live stream experience of Mosaic for you when you’re away and for others watching around the world. Thank you again for financially contributing to this effort! The decision to do so at the time seems now a wise move.
- Online engagement of children via Mosaic Kids will follow immediately at the conclusion of the online service.
- Worship and teaching in Spanish will also be streamed online via Facebook (MosaicoLatinos) beginning at 10:15a each week.
Also, please take a moment as well to set-up an online giving option so as to remain faithful in your financial support of the ongoing work and mission of Mosaic, which is entirely dependent on our collective generosity.
- Participate Online in Small Group GatheringsFor those of you involved in small groups via a specific Season of Life or Common Cause, etc., these will continue to meet via Zoom and/or Facebook live. More information will be sent from your small group leaders in the days ahead. While small groups of people connecting via Mosaic for personal encouragement, spiritual growth, or ministry service, etc., whether in homes or at the church, may in fact continue to meet (having not yet been discouraged from doing so by local government and health officials). In all such instances, however, we do ask that any and all people so doing follow CDC guidelines for disease control and prevention.
- Stay Connected Throughout the Week
Please take a moment to help us help you where ongoing communication and engagement with the church is concerned:
- Sign-up to receive ongoing updates via email from Mosaic.
- Follow Mosaic and Vine and Village on FacebookIf you do not yet have a Facebook account, create one here for free
- Let Us Know How We Might Help or PrayIf you or others you know have specific needs in the coming weeks, please don’t hesitate to contact your Season of Life or Common Cause Pastors directly (see below) or Pastor Terrie Runnels who will also be helping to coordinate efforts.
- Lawrence and Liz Hicks (Legacy)Mosaics with children 7th-12th grade and/or empty-nesters
- Alex and Erin Diaz (Voyagers)Mosaics with children birth through 12th grade
- Josh and Kim Harris (Pursuit)Mosaics who are young adults and/or young marrieds without children
- Paul Kroger (Common Cause)Mosaics connected and serving in specific areas of outreach
Finally, be assured: we will continue to monitor the situation and adjust plans as needed. More than that, be certain of our love for you all–the faithful, courageous, and sacrificial people of Mosaic. What an honor it is to walk, work, and worship God together as one with you for the sake of the Gospel and the glory of God! There are no other people we’d rather do so with, and truly no other place we’d rather be.
One in Christ with you,
Elders, Pastors, Staff, and Deacons