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UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

It seems like the information concerning COVID-19 and our government, businesses, and schools change minute by minute. We want you to stay up-to-date on everything related to the Church at Martinsburg and here is how you can stay in The Loop!

 

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Posted Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 3:30 PM

 

It seems we are living in a different world right now.  We stand in lines to go grocery shopping, we can’t sit at our favorite table in our favorite restaurants, and we can’t tell if people are smiling or sticking their tongues out as we pass them because of all these masks.

 

Things will be a little different when we gather together to worship at 50 Monroe too but we want to prepare you for what will be different and what won't change.  

 

Here are 2 ways you can be prepared...

 

First, check out this video from Pastor AJ as he gives you a sneak peek of some changes around 50 Monroe and what you will need to know when you come back.

 

 

Secondly, mark your calendars and plan to participate in a very special Facebook Live Q&A session on June 2nd at 8PM.  The Elders will be answering your questions and giving last minute updates about procedures and things to consider as we prepare to gather together on June 7th at 50 Monroe.

 

We can’t have a Q&A without your Q’s so start thinking about questions you have about our reopening or how your family should prepare.  Submit those ahead of time by emailing contact@martinsburgchurch.org before the end of the day on Monday, June 1st.  You can submit questions during the FB Live event but we can’t guarantee that we will be able to answer them that evening.  The Elders will work together to provide our A’s so you know what to expect when we are gathering.

 

We can’t wait to worship together in person again and are looking forward to June 7th.  Ministry teams and church leaders are preparing for that day and we hope this video and Q&A will help you prepare for that day too.

 

Until then, we will “see” you online.

 

Pastor Richard on behalf of the Elders

 

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Posted Monday, May 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM

We are reading about states beginning to “reopen” and recommendations from officials on how we can begin to relax some of the social distancing procedures and I am sure this has us all asking, “When can we begin to meet at 50 Monroe again?!?!?”.

 

We shared an update with you last week that the COVID-19 Task Force and Elders were working on plans and we are now ready to roll these plans out for you….

 

Check out this video from Pastor AJ as he describes what reopening will look like for our church.

 

 

 

You can also follow this link for all the details of our plan and the logic behind our decisions.

 

And to get a short and sweet recap, here is a summary of the Comeback Plan:

 

  • All group meetings and Worship Gatherings will continue to be held online through the month of May
  • We will begin to meet in person on Sunday, June 7th, with a modified schedule:
    • 3 Sunday morning Worship Gatherings to provide ample space for social distancing (8:00am/9:30am/11:00am) along with continuing our online services as well
    • No g4 Children's Ministry classes for at least the first 5 weeks of our in-person gatherings
    • New seating arrangements, greeting practices, and entry/exit procedures to follow social distancing and sanitary guidelines
    • Community Groups/Discipleship Groups can begin meeting again on June 7th if able to follow social distancing guidelines while still offering virtual options for some folks not able to meet in person yet
    • Discipleship Class & Prayer Meeting to continue through the summer online

 

All of these plans are tentative and could be adjusted should community circumstances or government recommendations necessitate.

 

We love you and we love Martinsburg.  Our desire is to lead our church to love the Lord, love each other, and love the community well.  Our hope is this plan will enable us to continue doing all these things.

 

Watch for further updates with more specific instructions as we get closer to the end of May but please let us know if you have any questions about the reopening plan by emailing contact@martinsburgchurch.org and we will respond as soon as possible.

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Posted Monday, April 27, 2020 at 11:45 PM

 

Like you, we are ready to get out of our homes and start meeting in person again for our Sunday Worship Gatherings. 

 

Like you, we are hearing reports and seeing friends share information on their news feeds that the social distancing precautions may be ending soon. 

 

Like you, we are also seeing reports that scientists aren’t so sure things should get back to “normal” quite so quickly.  

 

I know we are all eager to see how this works out.

 

The Church at Martinsburg COVID-19 Response Task Force has been continuing to stay abreast of all the latest information and recommendations from medical and governmental officials to help the Elders lead the church during this unprecedented time. Here is a snapshot of the team meeting recently and making plans on what the next steps should be for our church. 

 

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We are working with local leaders, pastor friends from around the state, consultants, medical professionals, and others to gather the best information and formulate plans on how and when we can begin to transition back to gathering together in person.  We are evaluating the Governor's plan for reopening but for now, we are planning to continue meeting virtually each week for our Worship Gatherings and Community Group meetings.  There are no immediate plans to change the ways we have been meeting since March until the Task Force and Elders have had an opportunity to review the Governor's plan and decide what is best for our church. 

 

We agree this is still the most prudent thing we can do for our community as we seek to stop the spread of this virus.  Our goal is to love God and love people and right now the most loving thing we can do is sacrifice in-person gatherings so that more people may not become infected or suffer serious consequences.

 

The Elders will share updates and information about changes in our meeting schedules with you as soon as there is more certainty. We are already working on those plans and desire to get back together as soon as it is wise to do so.  Please be watching for more updates on these plans in the coming days.  Until then, we will “see” you on Facebook, YouTube, and your mobile device. 

 

 

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Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2020 at 9:30 AM

 

Do you find yourself searching for better ways to spend some of your time at home while sheltering in place? 

 

Has BuzzFeed left you bored and CNN left you scared? 

 

Have you scrolled through Netflix too many times to count and still can’t find anything to watch?

 

These are new challenges that we are encountering now that we have less activities keeping us busy and less opportunities to spend real time in real face-to-face conversations with real people in front of us - the struggle is real and you are not alone.

 

Your pastors have been working to provide meaningful ways for the church to continue growing, ministering, and worshiping during this global pandemic and we are excited to share TWO NEW WAYS you can grow in your faith and share that faith with folks around you.

 

First, check out our new Recommended Resources page to see what books, movies, documentaries, and series we recommend as you spend time at home.  These are some encouraging, helpful, and gospel-centered resources that will help you grow spiritually and undoubtedly bless you much more than “Tiger King” ever could.  There are even entertainment ideas on this list that will provide positive programming for your whole family and facilitate more family time.

 

Secondly, we have added a fourth way you can worship with us on Sunday mornings.  One of the things we miss most during social distancing is the chance to worship together.  Our Sunday Worship Gatherings are going to be broadcast “live” on Facebook each Sunday morning at 9:15 and allow you to watch with others right from your news feed! 

 

You can invite folks all week by sharing the link on Facebook.  You can host a watch party and invite your Facebook friends to worship with you.  You can use your news feed as a way to provide hope and share that all across Facebook.  It has never been easier to share this message with your neighbors and with the nations without leaving your living room.

 

You will still be able to watch on our app, at sermons.martinsburgchurch.org, and through our YouTube channel but now you can watch the sermon on Facebook at the same time as others and engage with those folks right in the comments of the video.  

 

These videos will never take the place of true Worship Gatherings but right now they are incredible gifts to us and excellent ways for you to invite your friends to a service or share the video message with your family in the easiest way ever possible.

 

We pray these will be useful tools as God uses this time to help you grow in your faith and then share that faith.

 

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Posted Friday, April 10, 2020 at 11:00 AM

 

Easter week is one of the most memorable and cherished times of the year for Christians as we intently focus on the reason we have hope – our Savior rose from the grave defeating death and the hold of sin on our lives.  Let us not forget that and let us continue celebrating even during these chaotic times.

 

This week is usually filled with special services, holiday gatherings, and meals shared with extended family and friends but during this time of necessary social distancing and self-quarantining, these things as we know them are not possible.

 

This just means we need to find unique and new ways to celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection and share the hope of the Gospel with our friends and family.  Check out these ways we have come up with to still celebrate together this Easter.

 

Easter Encouragement

 

Why don’t you use some of these suggestions or think of other ways you can celebrate and share this weekend?

 

Share your ways to celebrate, your Easter memories, testimonies of why Easter is important, and your pics on social media and don’t forget to tag the church’s pages and use #martinsburgchurch in your posts!

 

We love you and can’t wait to worship in-person with you again very soon!

 

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Posted Friday, March 27, 2020 at 10:30 AM

 

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, the Church at Martinsburg has made the decision to cancel all events outside of our normal Sunday morning worship services through the middle of May.  We will still hold our Sunday Morning Worship Gatherings online until we are able to meet again in person. 

 

We will resume in-person meetings as soon as the experts agree it is safe to meet again.  Stay tuned here for future updates as how and when these events will be rescheduled.

 

 

These events include:

 

  • Titus Initiative Training Workshops (3/28, 4/4, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, and 5/9)
  • Welcome Team Training Meeting (3/29)
  • Prayer Group (3/31 and 4/28)
  • Good Friday Service (4/10)
  • Baptisms (4/12)
  • Secret Church (4/24) – event won’t be held in-person but will be broadcast into homes for those that register.  See secretchurch.martinsburgchurch.orgfor information.
  • Prayer Team Info Meeting (4/26)
  • Members' Meeting (5/3)
  • Backyard Movie Night (5/8)
  • Parent Commissioning (5/10)
  • Evangelism Workshop (5/17)

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Posted Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10:45 AM

 

In accordance with our Governor's Stay at Home Order, the offices at 50 Monroe Street are closed effective today until further notice. We are still working our normal hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm) but are doing so remotely. Calls to the office are still being handled accordingly so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if there is a need.

 

Many of you have dropped your offerings at the church office but given these new developments, please mail them (50 Monroe Street, Martinsburg WV 25404) or give online.

 

Also, Governor Jim Justice has called on all West Virginians to recognize today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 as a statewide “Day of Prayer” to seek God regarding this ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We do encourage you to participate and take time to pray for our state, our communities, as well as our friends, families, neighbors and churches.

 

May God use this time in our history for His glory and the Gospel.

 

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Posted Friday, March, 20, 2020 at 2:15 PM

 

 

Use our app and our website to get all the information related to the church you might need.  For iTunes follow this link.  For Google Play follow this link.

 

The app will have tiles at the top of the home screen. One for an "Online Worship Service" and one for "COVID-19 Updates".

 

Under "Online Worship Service" you will be able to do everything you would normally do on a Sunday morning - watch the sermon, give your tithes and offerings, fill out a Connect Card, or submit Prayer Requests. It is all gathered together in one little square on the app for you.

 

The "COVID-19 Update" tile links to this page where you will get all the most recent information related to cancelations or updates from your pastors as well as Community Group resources, Family Worship ideas, and links to Community Health updates and information.

 

This will be a way for you to stay fully engaged right from the palm of your hand while you are sitting on the couch or laying in your bed.

 

If you prefer a larger screen or just like using your computer instead of your mobile device, we are now using 2 main websites to keep you updated:


sermons.martinsburgchurch.org
update.martinsburgchurch.org

 

sermons.martinsburgchurch.org will be the place to get all sermon related information and to watch or listen to our weekly worship services. Just visit the main page and then click on the sermon title to get all the information you will want related to that week's message.

 

update.martinsburgchurch.org is what you are reading now and as you can see has all the same information I described from the app but just on a little larger screen. If there is news to be known from the church leadership, this page will have it. We are putting our video updates, like the one above, right on the page so you can read the information we have to share and look at our smiling faces or hear our voices.

 

We will still send texts, emails, and social media updates to continue communicating with you but now all updates and sermon links will be hosted on these two sites.

 

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Posted Monday, March, 16, 2020 at 5:00PM



 

Due to the growing concern for the spread of COVID-19 and under recommendation from our government, local health professionals, and our in-house COVID-19 Response Team, we are suspending all in-person events related to the Church at Martinsburg until further notice.

 

This includes our Sunday Morning Worship Services, Community or Discipleship Group meetings, Ministry Team meetings, or outside events hosted at 50 Monroe.

 

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution and care for our at-risk congregants, neighbors, and friends.  The Bible calls us to love one another (and all our neighbors) as ourselves, we believe the best way we can do that in light of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is by not gathering in person.

 

We will continue gathering, worshiping, and serving together however we won’t do those things in person.  We will continue hosting our weekly Worship Services online as we did Sunday and are working on creative alternatives to share with our Community Groups, Discipleship Groups, and Ministry Teams.  Watch this site for more information.