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COVID-19 UPDATE

  • April 12, 2020 UPDATE

    Dear TLC Family,

    Hi, friends! I just wanted to shoot you an update about what’s happening at TLC. I’d like to begin by saying thank you for your ongoing love and encouragement of one another and of me and the staff.

    Your support during this time and your love and care for neighbors has really been encouraging. We had lots of folks invite neighbors and friends from all over to celebrate Easter with us this past Sunday. We had two individuals and an entire family accept Christ for the first time or recommit their lives to following Jesus and had the highest viewership since quarantine has started! God is working, and He’s using His Church to do so!

    We are continually calibrating how we help one another grow in Christ and care for each other in community. This includes building some daily rhythms of prayer and time in God’s word. You will find these posted daily on our social media accounts (@localchurchgr). The readings are also available on our website: www.localchurchgr.org.

    We are super grateful for our Waters Edge Network family of churches, as we’ve been able to combine efforts and resources to create amazing worship experiences during our recent weekly online gatherings. We will be moving back to producing our own services with worship provided from a small group of TLC talent, and I, for one, can’t wait to be led by our own familiar faces. In doing so, we remain vigilant about staying in line with all of the Governor’s directives and recommendations and are grateful for all the ways our church has come together to lead and care for others during this time.

    Our Words that Perform series is allowing us to dive into a couple of topics I believe are so relevant right now. This week I’ll be talking about the role of the Holy Spirit, and next week we’ll talk about what the church is and how it is changing during this time, asking questions like, Is God forcing us to look at things differently? I’m being challenged as I study, and I’m excited to share it all with you and those you are inviting to join us. Please continue to invite others to join us online on Sundays; people are still looking for answers!

    I want to remind you that we are here to help. We have people and resources available if you have a need. We have financial help available. We have a Prayer Team who would really love to pray for specific requests, and our Care Team can help with food needs or other care-related things. If you know of someone in need, please reach out on their behalf. Email us at info@localgr.org. We have counselors and handymen and prayer teams and all kinds of ways we want to care for you and our community. We’ve helped some individuals already and given supplies and financial support to a couple of our ministry partners (Access W. MI and ICCF) as we care for the most vulnerable in our city. We will continue to see where God is calling us and look for ways to care, serve, and give. All of this happens through your generosity. Thanks for your continued giving and serving.

    I understand how unsettling this time is. I feel it as well. This is why we need to remind and encourage one another that living the Jesus-centered life is far better than the me-centered life. Sacrifice, generosity, love, and fearlessness are the hallmarks of who we are and how we live.

    In Christ, For the City, Toran and the TLC team

  • March 24, 2020 UPDATE

    Dear TLC Family,

    With the governor's order to shelter in place for the next three weeks, until April 13, we want to do everything we can to be a part of the solution. Under the recent order we are still able to live stream our service from TLC but are currently only using essential staff to do so. We are able to use Waters Edge Network staff to create a cool collaborative worship experience for the next few weeks during this order. What a privilege it is to be a part of such a generous and kingdom minded family of churches. This three-week stay at home order will prevent us from celebrating Easter together at TLC on April 12. While I know we are all very disappointed by this, we know it is in everyone’s best interest to stay home in order to love our neighbors, especially the most vulnerable.

    We are working on a special morning to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and look forward to doing this together online. We also turn three-years-old on April 19, and who knows, maybe by then we’ll be able to celebrate that milestone in person! That’s probably a long shot, but hope springs eternal.

    We have people at TLC who are available and willing to help out in emergency situations (ie. a water heater goes out and needs replaced, help with childcare, if you need groceries delivered etc.). If you are experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, fear or simply feeling overwhelmed, we have a licensed therapist that can meet with you on a secure online platform via Telehealth for a couple of sessions for whatever you can afford (even at no cost if needed). Please reach out to info@localgr.org to request help. Your requests will be kept as confidential as possible and counseling sessions are always confidential.

    We are inviting all adults at TLC to join our staff to fast and pray on Wednesdays during this three-week stay at home order. Would you consider fasting from breakfast and lunch and making space during those times to pray for your brothers and sisters at TLC? Pray for courage and strength and faith and perspective. Then pray for our government officials and healthcare workers and all those working front line jobs--for wisdom and courage, protection and perseverance. Then pray for the sick, and together let’s beg God as Jesus did to “take this cup from us, yet not our will but Your will be done.”

    Spilling Jesus on GR,
    Toran and the entire TLC Team

    P.S. As a way to help us remain grounded, day-to-day, in the presence of Christ we will be offering simple encouragement, prayers, and tips through social media. Be sure to engage with these opportunities throughout the week.

  • March 22, 2020 UPDATE

    Dear Local Church Family,

    Thank you for gathering with us through our live stream services the past two Sundays. While we may not be able to meet in-person for a period of time, we are grateful for technology that brings us together as God uses us in all of the places we are.

    It’s pretty amazing to read John 16:32 and see the words of Jesus to His disciples, “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home.” Friends, we are scattered--during this time, for His purposes.

    We have had the privilege of being together during Sunday live streams, in daily prayers, and through the works of the Holy Spirit in unique, creative ways as we safely engage with our families, neighbors, co-workers, and those in the various service professions. Our world may feel smaller, but we serve an infinitely big God who does the “immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine,” Ephesians 3:20.

    While we honor our elected officials’ recommendations on how to flatten the curve through safe, physical distancing, we encourage you to stay connected to TLC through our various forms of communication.

    If you’ve not signed up to receive our email updates, please click the link in our KEY DETAILS section above. In that section, you can also easily and safely give online, continue to participate in spiritual formation practices geared toward families with Local Kids and Local Students, and check out community engagement opportunities that will bless others.

    Keep your eyes on TLC’s Facebook and Instagram (@localgr) pages for different ways to engage throughout these coming weeks. How can we pray for you? Reach out to us at info@localgr.org to let us know.

    We look forward to the time we can gather together again, friends. In the meantime, we are with you, making our scatter matter.

    Spilling Jesus on GR,
    Toran and the entire TLC Team

  • March 13, 2020 UPDATE

    Dear Local Church Family,

    We take the safety and care of our faith family and the city we love very seriously. As you have probably heard, Governor Whitmer declared a state of emergency in Michigan in response to the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Specific recommendations were made to postpone large gatherings, to reduce in-person gatherings, and to use technology for connecting with constituents. The purpose of these requests is to help prevent a widespread outbreak of the type that would impact the elderly, the at-risk, and the medical community in general.

    As a result, we have decided to pause our Sunday morning gatherings as well as all other TLC events for the next couple weeks as we continue to monitor, assess, and help fight the spread of this virus. We will be live-streaming our service at 10am beginning this Sunday (March 15, 2020). You can find our new livestream at localchurchgr.org/live or join us through Facebook Live. There, you will be able to worship, listen, and participate with us through live chatting. We are encouraging Local Groups to host TLC watch parties so you can worship with us—together, with each other. This is assuming everyone is healthy and wise regarding personal space.

    One of our values as a church is “Would She Weep?” This, friends, is our moment to live our values not merely talk about them. We aren’t in this alone. We have a God who indwells His people, and because our God is with us, we have nothing to fear. If we have nothing to fear, we have everything to offer. In a season where fear and anxiety seem to be growing even faster than the virus, we want to spread the life and love of Jesus to all whom we encounter. Pastor Scott Sauls reminded us what this looks like: “In a time like now, Christian neighboring looks less like fearful self-preservation and more like servanthood. Wash hands, for sure. Then, wash feet.”

    Let’s care for the elderly, those with cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, the unseen in our communities, those with no healthcare, the fatigued and under-resourced healthcare workers, and to all of our neighbors. This, friends, is our moment!

    Spilling Jesus on GR,
    Toran and the entire TLC Team