Pastoral Letter from Keith Paulus on March 24, 2020

Pastoral Letter from Keith Paulus on March 24, 2020

Friends,

There are several ways you can connect with your brothers and sisters at Christ Church NYC during these challenging days in which we need to spend the majority of our time physically separated from each other. 

1. Online Community Groups

We have seven online community groups that are planning to connect online at least weekly in order to pray and study God’s Word together. If you have not yet connected with one of these groups, please consider doing so as these seven groups will be the primary way for us to stay in touch as a congregation right now. If you would like to get connected, please email me and I will send you the contact information you need. Here is a listing of the day, time, and leader of each group.

  • Tuesdays, 10-11:30 AM – Leader: Kat Oxley (this is a group for women)
  • Tuesdays, 7-8 PM – Leader: Peter Oxley
  • Tuesdays, 8-9 PM – Leader: Keith Paulus
  • Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 PM – Leader: Steven Mitchell
  • Fridays, 6:15-7:15 PM – Leader: Tse Wen Tai
  • Fridays, 7:30-8:30 PM – Leader: Robert May
  • Fridays, 8:35-9:30PM – Leader: Thomas Martin

2. Noontime Prayer Online

Beginning Wednesday, March 25th, I invite you to join me at noon every day from Monday through Saturday for a short Bible reading and a time of prayer together. This prayer time will last about 20 minutes (max 30 minutes). I will host this on Zoom; the details for how to join in are at the end of this email. I will be on this video call at noon every day praying for our congregation, our city, our country, and the world around us. I invite you to join me.

3. Share Your Photos

I’d love to collect some photos of what you are doing for family worship. Or even creative ways on how you and your kids are handling more time at home. Or – even if you don’t have children – what you’re doing to pass the time. If possible, please email high-quality photos to me. Please include the name(s) of those in the photo. If children, also the names of parents. And your permission for us to use in emails or posts to our church.

Finally, don’t forget to set the alarm on your phone to pray every night at 8:30 PM. It is vital that we as God’s people seek His face for physical healing and spiritual revival. As one pastor I know recently wrote: “We’re living in unusual days. I suspect many of us will tell our grandkids about these times. Hopefully we’ll tell them much more than how strange or scary it all was, but how our God worked massively and marvelously. Let’s pray to that end.”

Yours in Christ,
Keith

* If you would like the Zoom Meeting details for our noontime prayer, please email keith@christchurchnyc.com.