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Update Regarding Coronavirus
UPDATED THURSDAY, MARCH 19th
These are uncertain and alarming times. Talk of Coronavirus saturates our newsfeeds, its in our email inboxes, and in the majority of our conversations right now. Information is changing almost by the hour. Now more than ever, we need to guard our hearts and minds in Christ! Sunday, March 15 we called all of Restoration to church-wide prayer. CLICK HERE if you missed this important call to prayer. Church, we must remember that NONE of this has caught God off guard. He sees the end from the beginning. I truly believe God will use this to draw many people to Jesus if the Church will rise up and stay outwardly focused on serving others and sharing the gospel during this time. 

As we respond as a local church we are seeking to do three things:
1) Not forsake gathering together as followers of Jesus
2) Honor our government 
3) Love our neighbors well by not contributing to spreading the virus further 

SUNDAYS

I want to emphasize that the information which follows may be subject to change. We are trying to stay flexible due to the constantly changing circumstances and information. Restoration Family, the Presidential Guidelines published on March 16, call for meetings of no more than 10 people. We want to respect this decision (Romans 13:1-7) and also be wise about our community interaction. For the next two weeks:
  1. Our plan is to do a pre-recorded video of worship and a devotional Word on Friday at the RCB offices in Downtown Bryan. Then, Sunday at 10:00am this video will be available for viewing on our Restoration Facebook Page. Through Facebook Premiere, the video will have the look and feel of a "live" video. In addition, we will create a landing page (link coming soon) on our Restoraiton website with the pre-recorded video as well. Church family, this means that (for Sunday, March 22 & 29) you should watch from Facebook or the RCB website, and not physically come to the church building.

  2. ​​We encourage you to gather with your family, your roommates, and with those in your home. Cedric will lead us in a time of worship through song, and I will be bringing messages from Romans 12-13 in the coming weeks ahead. In addition, we also encourage you to pray and take communion together after this online experience.

  3. Tori will be providing families with resources for their children from the Gospel Project. This will allow our families to still engage children and make sure they're learning about Jesus! I would encourage families to come together BEFORE the video airs, between 9:00am - 10:00am to walk with their kiddos through this material. 
At this point, due to the rapidly changing nature of everything, we will be planning two weeks at a time in regard to both the Sunday worship environment AND in regard to our missional community gatherings. Though Restoration missional communities are not officially meeting the week of March 15-21, we will have an update by Friday, March 20 for MCG plans for the remainder of March. 

SERVING ONE ANOTHER

With regard to serving, Wednesday nights we will be serving the West MLK community food and also working to get educational supplies in the hands of families who need them. At this time, we are working through relationships we already have through our Wednesday night Refuge children's ministry. Big thanks to Tori Allison for getting plans together and for mobilizing folks. If you are interested in being involved, please email Tori for more information. 

Also, we've created a RCB Cares Facebook page to help meet needs WITHIN our Restoration Church Bryan local church body. Be sure to click on the link, like the page, and let us know if you have any needs at this time. 

GIVING

Finally, church family, we are asking that folks prayerfully consider moving all of their giving online at this time. Recently, we switched to a new online giving platform (Planning Center). Here's the link to set up your giving: Restoration Giving
If you are more comfortable writing a check, feel free to send your giving to our church PO Box address: Restoraiton Church Bryan, PO Box 6327, Bryan, Texas 77805-6327. 

THE MISSION CONTINUES

Philippians 4:4-7 says this: “4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Church family, there should be a marked difference between how the Christian community responds to crises and how the world as a whole responds. Yes, we need to walk in wisdom right now. Yes, we should obey our government (Romans 13:1-7), so long as their authority does not call us to directly contradict Scripture. However, we must give evidence of where our hope lies. As Paul reminds us in Philippians, we continue to rejoice, even in the face of uncertainty, fear, and suffering. We must be reasonable (so important right now!). And we must combat anxiety with fervent prayer, allowing God’s peace to flood our hearts and minds. Above all, we must be reminded that the mission has not changed. Covid 19 does not negate the Great Commission or the Great Commandment. We are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ; and we are called to love God and to love our neighbors. Let's continue to press on in our mission to be a gospel-centered church devoted to discipleship and diversity. Let's continue to press into Jesus. And let's trust the Lord!