Dear Friends:

I hope this finds you healthy, safe, and encouraged.  I know these are crazy, unprecedented days but the Lord is still strong.  He is still in control.  And He is still able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. 

I want you to know how proud I am of your church staff and deacons.  In the midst of these most trying times, they continue to serve, to provide, and to plan.  They care deeply about you and desire to minister to you in important ways.  But, like the rest of us, they really have no experience with the situation we find ourselves in.  So, pray for them that they will be strengthened, enlightened, and protected in the days ahead.

As you are undoubtedly aware, Easter Sunday is just a couple of weeks away.  I had been hoping that it would be safe for us to gather on that Sunday for worship.  But unless the Lord intervenes in a miraculous way, it doesn’t look like we are going to be able to do that.  As a result, we are planning our Easter Sunday service to be on television and online. 
I know that may seem discouraging.  So, let me share a couple of things to consider.  One, as Christ followers every Sunday needs to be viewed as resurrection Sunday.  We need to celebrate the risen Savior every Sunday.  We actually need to celebrate Him every day…  Two, we have already committed to preparing for the first Sunday that we can gather again.  Our commitment is on that day we will have the biggest, rowdiest, most incredible celebration that any of us have ever experienced. 

In the meantime, as I already said, we are planning on Easter Sunday to be broadcast on television and streamed through social media and as well as our church website.  One of the things we want to do on Easter Sunday is celebrate the Lord’s Supper together. For this to work, you will want to start making plans now to have the necessary elements ready for your family at your home.  This may consist of part of a cracker and some grape juice.  We will also be putting together a family devotion event in which your family can actually bake the communion bread in preparation for Easter communion.  We will be distributing this information to you in the next couple of days. You will be able to find many of the links to the family activities at
www.fbclawton.org/lordssupper/.

I realize this is not the way any of us wanted to celebrate Easter this year.  But as people of hope, we can rally and make the best of it.  May God be glorified in it all!

Dr. Joe Ligon
Interm Pastor

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