Chapel News

May 12: A Note from Hunter

Posted by Hunter Ruch on

Dear Chapel Family,

As we head towards the middle of May, I am mindful that our calendars are typically filled with children’s sporting events, school concerts, and college graduations this time of year. Unfortunately, these and other gatherings have either been canceled or will look very different this year. I confess sadness and disappointment when I think about this fact, as I’m sure you do as well. Still, I am reminded in the midst of my disappointment, that we trust in a sovereign God and Savior who loves us and is with us through our current challenges. As we learned this past weekend, our sovereign God has declared not just good advice, but the “good news” of His gospel: Jesus Christ is fully alive. This fact should encourage us now and always.

With the good news of the gospel as our backdrop, we turn our attention to other news that is shaping our community, our nation, and our world. As you are most likely aware, local and national leaders have been engaging in thorough discussions about the “re-opening” of our county. A very important facet of these discussions is the impact that re-opening will have on faith communities around our nation. Our Chapel leadership has been following these discussions in an effort to respond appropriately and chart a course for effective ministry as a church body. Travis mentioned in his e-mail last Friday that we established a Coronavirus Steering Team (CST) several weeks ago to help us navigate this new reality as a church. Additionally, our CST has commissioned a Re-Opening Team that will be planning the process for and timing of our re-opening strategy for onsite services and ministry at the Chapel.

We want to care for the community, love our neighbor (Matthew 22:39), and also serve our Chapel family. The Re-Opening Team will be utilizing a variety of resources to accomplish this task. We will also listen to the collective wisdom of other church communities, our government leaders, as well as the healthcare community. This process will require patience as well as prayer, so I ask you to pray for our Re-Opening Team. I am serving on the Re-Opening Team, and I am excited that we are at a place where we can have these discussions. We will keep you updated on any developments through our regular communication avenues. If you would like to share your feedback, please send it to .

While I am eager to consider what “re-opening” will look like for our church onsite, I am also thankful that we have ample opportunities to continue connecting with Jesus Christ and one another online. I have been so encouraged by the digital engagement we continue to experience as a church family. I also invite you to join us for our Digital Devotions & Prayer (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2:00 pm). These times in prayer and Scripture has been so meaningful for me during this season. Please see below for additional ways that you can keep making these important connections with Christ and His community at our church.

Sunday Worship Service

Join us every Sunday for a full worship service video, posted by 9 am EST on Facebook or 

Digital Devotions and Prayer

Join us Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 2 pm EST for our LIVE Digital Devotions on Facebook where we will be led in devotion, corporate prayer, and worship. If you cannot join us at that time, or are not on Facebook, the most recent video will be posted here. You can also refer back to our Psalms Reflection Challenge from two years ago to pray through.

Prayer Wall

During this health crisis, many people are faced with challenges (lost jobs, unpaid bills, sickness). The power of prayer is the power of God, who promises to answer our prayers. "I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God: incline your ear to me; hear my words" (Psalm 17:6). Submit a prayer request or join in the privilege of praying for others at our Prayer Wall.

Other Communications

For more information on where to find our videos, social media, and text alerts, click here.

Weekly Photo Challenge

"The gospel has power __________________!" Take a photo of you with your sign and send it to . We will use the photos in a future worship service and post on social media to help encourage each other!

May we continue to deepen our trust in the God of the “good news” as we “live by faith” (Romans 1:17) in Jesus Christ this week.

Hunter Ruch
Associate Pastor, Connect Team Leader