A Verse for Today

My verse for memory and meditation today has been Isaiah 40:31. The verses that come before that are a great lead up to it and make a very hopeful end to that chapter.
So please read Isaiah 40:29-31,
29 He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
30 Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
31 but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.”
Sooner or later this whole pandemic will be over, but we should look to the Lord to renew our strength even now. There is a lot we are being told not to do, but one thing we can certainly do now is “wait for the Lord.”

Update Thursday, March 19, 2020

OK team. Here is the latest plan for Sunday. We are planning to live stream a worship service from the church office. We will have some worship music, prayer and a message from Luke 12.

This will be followed by a food giveaway from Project Love and Mavis has already outlined some changes there. People will receive food at the door one at a time rather than everyone milling around inside.

Those who are going to serve and help make things happen are really the only people who need to be here. I do hope, however, we can all find a way to take part online.

It has been super encouraging to see people serving one another and making sure people are cared for with food and whatever they need. Do keep in touch with one another, pray for one another and make sure someone else is OK. And then, if you personally have a need, please make it known.

Times like these can be real faith builders for Christ’s people. We, more than anyone, are confident that the big story ends well. And for now let’s come to Jesus and encourage others to do the same.
“The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price.” (Revelation 22:17)

Update: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear Horizon Central Family,
My daily verse for meditation today was Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
That has been a great encouragement so far today!
Looking ahead to this evening, for those who are a part of the marriage group that is supposed to meet at our house, we will just go ahead and meet. The CDC guidelines say to limit group size to 10, but we were not anticipating more than that anyway – and you know who you are if you signed up. And we have enough room in our whole kitchen, dining, living area to keep some social distancing in place.
Looking ahead to Sunday, we were planning to cancel Sunday school for our kids till, well, further notice or something. Then things got tighter as far as recommended restrictions. So yes, we are just putting things on hold.
As for the regular Sunday service, we normally live stream anyway and will continue to do so. The doors will be open, but without Sunday school, that will limit our ability to serve families with younger children. And of course anyone who is sick or at risk of getting sick, please use some wisdom in keeping with good health practices.
Finally, none of this really prevents us from digging in deeper with Jesus or taking care of one another. In fact, there is probably no better time than the present to call, text or check in on someone to make sure they are OK. This is a perfect time for the body of Christ to stay active in meeting one another’s needs.
Let’s close with 1 Peter 4:10, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

Church Announcements 3/15/20


March 15, 2020

Today’s Message: Luke 11
Reading for upcoming week: Luke 12

All events are subject to change in light of COVID-19

 SUNDAY PRAYER: Every Sunday we will have prayer in Pastor Dave’s office
(Room 7) at 9am. We will begin promptly at 9am and finish at 9:30am.

WOMEN’S BRUNCH: On Saturday, March 28, there will be Women’s Brunch at 9am until 10:30am in Room 7 (Dave’s office). Bring a breakfast item to share. See Heidi or Ginger for any questions.

W.A.Y.S. BAKE SALE: Mavis Washington and Miya Brewster are putting on a WAYS Bake Sale on Sunday, March 29 after service. Proceeds will go to support the WAYS Summer trip. Consider supporting them.

Attention Horizon Central Leadership: The next leadership meeting will be on Sunday, April 5 at Dave and Ginger’s house.  Time is to be determined.

MISSIONS CONFERENCE: Plan ahead for the International Conference on Missions, November 19-22 at the convention center downtown.  Speakers include Ravi Zacharias.  Neal Pirolo, author of Serving as Senders and other books will do a workshop at the conference and is planning to speak here at Horizon Central on Sunday November 22.


Plans for This Sunday 3/15/20

Dear Horizon Central Family. 😷
For this Sunday March 15, we are prayerfully planning to have services as usual. We are not an especially large church, so perhaps not an especially high risk group. We do however ask those who know themselves to be at greater than average risk for contagious illnesses to self-quarantine. 😷 Better safe than sorry. We do a live stream here on Facebook every week, so please join us online if you don’t show up in person.
Keep in mind that the current situation with the virus pandemic is week to week and even day to day. This announcement applies to this Sunday 3/15. By next Sunday or thereafter things may change. If you see this, please call, text or tell a friend. We want to get word out over the next few days and keep everyone in the loop. And again, please join us by live stream if you can’t make it here. 🙂
Dave Kosobucki