Hello UPC Family,
I wanted to take some time out of your day to remind you that we serve a powerful God and there is nothing more encouraging than knowing He is our protector and deliverer! Psalm 91:1-2 says, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
We are all aware about what is happening with the coronavirus and the overwhelming information we are receiving from all the news sources we watch or read. It is important that we remember not to be led by fear but to use wisdom, basic hygiene and pray above all else. Weare a people of faith and serve a mighty God, so trust in Him and PRAY. Pray against the virus. Yes, we can do that! Here is an example of a prayer we can all pray daily:
Worry and fear are not of Your heart. 1 John 4 reminds us that perfect love casts out all fear, and we pray Your perfect love upon the hearts of all those who are burdened with fear of this virus. Lord, we know with no doubt that You are bigger than the threat of anything. Please comfort those who are living in fear, and free them from the bondage that anxiety creates within. Fully rain down the serenity that comes only from the Prince of Peace. We rest at the Throne of the Almighty such fears and cast them upon You (1 Peter 5:7), for Your burden is Light and Your Yoke is easy (Matthew 11:30). We know You cover us with Your wings (Psalm 91:4) so we do not fear any pestilences or plagues (Psalm 91:6).
You have given us authority to come against the enemy (Luke 10:19) and in faith, we command this virus to cease any further harm to people across the globe. No weapon formed against us can prosper and we ask for your protection for our homes, our families, our church and our city. We ask that you heal those that are sick and make yourselves known to them as their savior, comforter, healer and protector.
We pray for wisdom from the Holy Spirit so that we can be led by you during this time and not moved by any storms around us. We thank you for your faithfulness and will trust in you to be our guide every step of the way.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
Beyond prayer and keeping in faith, we must also use wisdom and protect ourselves as individuals and as a church. (Proverbs 1:7).
Here are some practical ways we can help keep this from spreading:
1. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
3. Cover coughs & sneezes with tissue or elbow
4. Stay home if you're sick (yes, even from church)
We have soap at church to wash your hands and we will be setting up more hand sanitizer in all areas of the building. And please don’t get offended if someone may not want to shake your hand or hug you during this time. Wave, bump elbows and greet with smiles.
If anyone needs prayer, has questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Bless you and love you all in the Lord!
What’s one of your favorite days of the year? Your Birthday maybe? Who doesn’t love a day all about them ... well unfortunately, that isn’t always the case for some people in our community that may have fallen on hard times or aren’t in a financial position to celebrate their children’s birthdays. That is where we come in to help these families. We will be making Birthday boxes for food pantries.
Each box can either be for a boy or girl child.
Each box should include:
I box of cake mix
Pack of birthday candles
A birthday banner
And a small gift (examples... sidewalk chalk, crayons or markers and a activity book, bubbles, candy, or stickers)
(Boxes will be provided, please bring any donations in a bag and the box will be assembled)
We will be collecting Sunday September 1 through Sunday September 29th
Please help us spread love and birthday smiles to local Food Pantries! If you have questions, please stop by the welcome center or contact Virginia Garcia (email@example.com) for details.
About I Love My City
ILMC is an outreach ministry at Urban Poiema that focuses on serving our local community. We are passionate about serving and bringing hope to the broken. ILMC heads up several projects a year and regularly partners with local organizations to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Our vision is to go beyond the walls and expose our church community to the privilege and responsibility of serving our city. If anyone has the passion or desire to organize, overlook, or help in making a project happen, please reach out via email or IM and let's make it happen. We are always looking for new ideas and people to join the team! Change requires vision, prayer and action, so be the change you want to see in our community by getting involved and spreading the love of God throughout our city.
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