Unity Responds

a·dapt /əˈdapt/

To make something suitable for a new use or purpose; modify.

Let’s be honest here; who really likes to adapt?

After all, most of us create the rhythms and routines of our lives because we like them. They are comfortable. We are used to them.

When we are forced to adapt to a new routine, it is uncomfortable. Inconvenient. At times even distressing.

Most of us can get by without too much stress when we have to change our routine every once in awhile.

Many of us are now in a situation where most of our routines are having to be adapted!

I encourage you to view this as an opportunity.

We have an opportunity to be the church.

We can respond in this stressful time with compassionate, direct action.

Here are a couple of ways that Unity is adapting to this new situation.

Bible Study via Zoom- I am going to offer our Bible study of the Book of Acts via Zoom. Zoom is a website that allows us to meet virtually. You can participate in Zoom via your computer or your phone. I encourage you to join us! It does not matter if this is your first time studying Acts; we’ll catch you up.

Bible study will meet on Wednesday, March 18, at 4 pm. Want to participate? Simply click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/323373043.

Unity Groups via Zoom- About 60 people signed up to be a part of a Unity Group. Those groups have postponed meeting for two weeks due to COVID-19. I am planning to host a virtual Unity Group via Zoom. I encourage all of you to join us even if you didn’t originally sign up for a group. We will be discussing the main themes from this past Sunday’s sermon about Hagar.

I will host this Unity Group on Thursday, March 19 at 1 pm. Want to participate? Simply click on this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/980566664.

Check In Phone Calls- This virus especially affects people over the age of 60 and those with pre-existing conditions. I am creating a network of people who are willing to call and check in with those in our congregation who may need some extra assistance. If you would like to make a couple of check in phone calls, please contact Janeen at janeen@unitypres.org.

Electronic Giving- The economy is taking a hit because of the effects of this virus. Churches are no exception. We rely on your support each week. I encourage you to consider signing up for electronic giving at https://www.unitypres.org/giving/. On the top of this page you will have the option to make an on-line gift or to schedule a recurring contribution. In addition, you can still mail a check to 8210 Unity Church Rd. Denver, NC 28037.

Are You In Need? If the effects of COVID-19 are adversely effecting you financially, please let David know at david@unitypres.org. We are here to help. We have members who have volunteered to help financially those who are struggling. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you are in need of assistance.

Pastoral Care- I am happy to speak with you over the phone or Zoom if you desire pastoral care. Are you in need of prayer or support? We are here for you.

Today I find myself meditating on Romans 8:28- “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

God can work out all things for our good. Even the really tough things. Even the unexpected things. God works out all things for our good.

As Christians, we must remember that God is sovereign. God is in control. And God will work out all things for the good of those who love him.

On Sunday we will be live streaming our worship service at 9:30 am. We will continue the story of Abraham and God’s promises.

See you on Sunday (and hopefully through Zoom on Wednesday and Thursday!)

-Pastor David

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