Dear Father’s House Family,
Peace…
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” -John 14:27
 
As I write, my baby is quiet, and I am at peace. But it is hard for us when he struggles for breath when he just needs rest. (He doesn’t have a virus, but lungs that need a touch from the Lord, he is a miracle boy)
 
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” -John 14:26
 
What would we do without Jesus? He is our Hope, our Rock, our Refuge. He is our Healer, He is our all in all.
Earlier this week while Shawn was tucking in Aidyn (which means Aidyn put Shawn to sleep and then Aidyn fell asleep), the world went a little crazy. In the space of an hour, sporting events were canceled, schools closed for weeks at a time, and the world breathed in huge gulps of fear as waves of terrible news hit became public.
It made me think of another time.
Years ago I stood by a mother, my friend, as she held her tear-soaked child who had left this life to go home to Jesus. Years later, this same friend told me that her other child struggled with the thought of dying in the same way as her sibling had passed. And what my friend said next, I have never forgotten. She asked her surviving child, “Who promised you tomorrow? You don’t know what tomorrow holds. We have today. We live today because no one has promised us tomorrow.”

 
"So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:34 (NASB)
 
It seems that things are changing so rapidly that as a church body it is hard to keep up. As we are endeavoring to do all the recommendations of various authorities, we have to admit, we are in uncharted waters. So, we are going to move forward with the revelation that we have today, and are asking everyone to act in love and grace as we navigate through all the guidelines we must follow from our State, our denomination and as a community and individuals who love and care for each other.

For the next two weeks, we will not be gathering together at our building for services, instead we will have service available online at 10am on Sunday morning, this will be a full service but in video format. (Links below) We struggled with this. So, what we will be doing is having a prayer opportunity Sunday called “2C7:14”.
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” -2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

We will open the church on Sunday from 9am-12pm & 5-6pm for an “open house” of prayer. We are asking for people who would like to come but are in the “at risk” classification (seniors, autoimmune deficiencies, lung issues, people with cold or flu symptoms, including fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, vomiting, etc) to stay at home and agree in prayer from home. This is not a time of fellowship, but a time to pray. We are not going to shrink away, but rise up in faith to seek the Lord for breakthroughs in this time of trouble. We are asking that children stay at home at this time. If you have children, we suggest switching off with a friend, one stays with kids and the other comes to pray. We will continue with small group gatherings through the week unless we are told that we cannot:

Monday-Men’s small group at 8am at Buzz Inn Lounge
Monday-Narcotics Annonymous at 7pm
Tuesday- Women’s Bible Study at 6:30pm
Tuesday- Oasis middle school youth group at 6:30pm
Tuesday- Mens Prayer Group @ IGA cafe at 7:15pm
Wednesday- Revolution high school youth group at 7pm
Thursday- Women’s bible study (with childcare) at 9am
Thursday- Alcoholics Anonymous at 7pm

We will follow the recommendations of asking people to stay home if sick, using proper handwashing techniques, using sanitizers, and not shaking hands at this time and sanitizing all surfaces that people are in contact with (see all recommendations in links below).

 
“And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. Let us not neglect meeting together, as some have made a habit, but let us encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” -Hebrews 10:24
 
This is a time where people could isolate themselves further. We encourage you to find creative ways of meeting together in small groups to spur one another on to love and good deeds! Lets be the church where-ever we are, and then it will make us appreciate our big gatherings even more!

Let's make sure we stay in touch with each other. We love you and are here for you. We love hearing the creative ways that we are reaching out to people in need all around us. We are going to have to be flexible and adaptable! You can reach the staff by calling 360-691-5290 and leaving a message or by emailing info@fathershousegf.org. You can also reach out to individual staff by checking our website. www.fathershousegf.org

The church office will continue to be open Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm.

 
“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this," says the LORD Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” -Malachi 3:10 (NIV)
 
This is not the time to shrink back in giving, either. There is a lot of need all around and so we will continue to have PushPay available, the two locked boxes found on the wall of the church sanctuary labeled for giving, snail mail to The Fathers House (P.O. Box 2013, Granite Falls, WA), or you could drop by during office hours. Lastly, we are a people who are called believers because we believe. We believe that our God heals, we believe that our God is our provider, we believe that God holds the whole world together by the power of His word, we believe that God sent His son to save the world. If you want Jesus as your Lord and Savior, today is the day of Salvation. Ask Jesus to change your life by giving Him yours.

Read Psalm 91 over your family every day. Multiple times. This is my pastoral prescription. (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm+91&version=ESV)-
Blessings and love to all,
Pastor Beth
Pastor Shawn



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