To our Sugar Grove Family and Friends,

We are all adjusting to the major changes of stay-at-home, social distancing and limiting travel to what is essential as Covid-19 affects the normalcy of our lives. As a church we are responding and doing our part by praying, serving and demonstrating the love of Jesus to our community.

First, as people who believe and follow Jesus, who holds the world and our lives in His hands, we don’t want fear or worry to overwhelm us. Instead, as the apostle Paul shared with the followers of Jesus in Philippians 4:5-7 (ESV), “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Second, we seeing God work through so many Sugar Grove people to serve our church community and the local communities surrounding us. We have a group of over 80 Sugar Grove people who joined our “Covid-19 Response Team” to acquire and deliver necessary supplies to people in need. This team brings practical, emotional and spiritual support to those who need it. Recently the team bought groceries and gift cards to meet the needs of two families for two weeks. In addition, one of our under-the-radar teams, Tabitha Circle, just completed making 120 face masks, which were delivered to the Elkhart County Emergency Management for local health care providers. We also have a dedicated team of Sugar Grove people who call and talk to members/attenders over the age of 70 each week. They call to check-in, see what they may need, pray for them and more. God is getting the glory with each contact we make for Him!

Third, we want to do our part as the Sugar Grove Church community to slow the growth of the coronavirus by following the guidelines of the CDC, the White House coronavirus task force and Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. With these guidelines, here is our church’s response:

CHURCH FACILITY

The closing of the church facility and grounds will be extended through April 30. During this time our facilities and grounds crew, led by Tim Hartman, will continue to accomplish maintenance and projects throughout the buildings and grounds.

CHURCH STAFF

In conjunction with the extended closing of the church facility, our church staff will continue to work from home. Please know the staff will be working hard to serve our church and community. So, stay engaged with us as we reach out and serve during this unprecedented time in our lives.

WEEKLY WORSHIP SERVICES

We will continue to broadcast via Facebook Premier as a church gathered online at 10:30am each Sunday. In addition, to Facebook we have added the ability to view the worship service using YouTube and Vimeo. The worship service last week experienced over 16,000 collective views through Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo!

EASTER

As a staff team we are preparing our online gatherings for Holy Week. We are planning a celebration each day of Holy Week with a special Good Friday and Easter worship service. Stay tuned and don’t miss Pastor Tony’s announcement about Holy Week this Sunday during the online worship service on April 5.

GIVING/GENEROSITY

Since we are now a church scattered and gathered doing our part to help keep our yourselves and others safe, we ask you to please consider giving generously in one of these ways … the Sugar Grove website (Give to Sugar Grove), the Sugar Grove App, your bank’s bill pay program, or by mailing a check to the church. Together we are working hard to reach out and serve during this season. And we can’t do this without you … thank you!

RESOURCES TO UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS

The following are links from the Center for Disease Control to help protect yourself from the virus and slow the growth to others: How to Protect Yourself and What to Do if You are Sick.

COMMON SENSE STEPS TO SLOW THE GROWTH OF THE CORONAVIRUS

Avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more people.

Practice good hygiene:

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

Adhere to the Stay-at-Home and Essential Travel guidelines of our state and local authorities.

Finally, as His followers, remember to remain aware of those Holy Spirit moments when you have the opportunity to share your story of salvation through Jesus. God is at work and during these turbulent times ears and hearts become open to His gospel message. Please share your Jesus story openly and often. We are all messengers of HOPE!

We love you;

Sugar Grove Staff, Elders and Deacons