March 17, 2020
Dear WHY Church family,
If there is one word that we have been hearing to describe this time, it is unprecedented. As individuals, families, and as a church community, we are navigating uncharted waters in these days. Yet we take great hope in the Lord! He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. We know that He rules and reigns over all the earth, even in this situation. And His care and love for us is deep and vast beyond all measure.
We are sending this letter to share the following important updates:
Sunday Morning Worship
The Twin Cities YMCA has been required to close its physical buildings, including our beloved Elk River Y, until at least March 30th. Even if the YMCA were open, group gatherings are not possible at this time. While it weighs heavily on our hearts to not see each other in-person and be together, we have always known that the church is not defined by a building or a service.
In the coming days, we will get to experience what it means to seek Jesus, connect together, and share His love in new and innovative ways!
Sunday morning worship will still happen every Sunday at 9:30AM via Facebook Livestream (and posted afterward on our new YouTube Channel). While it will certainly look a little different, we will continue to sing, share time with the kids, hear Scripture and a message, and pray. Please join us at: facebook.com/WHYChurch.
We will be leaning even more on online tools to help us stay connected and growing in Christ. Watch our website, Facebook and Instagram, and our eBulletin for opportunities throughout the week. We’ll be sharing videos for all ages, gathering together on platforms like Zoom, praying for one another on the phone, and meeting virtually as WHY Groups.
Not tech-savvy? No problem! We will also have low-tech ways of staying connected, including devotionals, phone calls, and pastoral visits as desired. If you would like to learn how to use any of the online resources, we are happy to help. Just contact us at email@example.com or our off-site phone number: 763-250-9504.
Now is an important time to make sure that your contact info is up to date. Use the above ways to get in touch, or you can do this directly on WHY Connect.
The Staff and Leadership Team of the WHY Church are fully engaged in leading us through this time spiritually and organizationally. Our number one priority is making sure that you are deeply connected to Jesus and cared for by our church family. If there is anything we can do to support you and your family, please let us know. Above all, we want to encourage you to keep your eyes fixed on Christ and to live out the mission that He has called us to.
Our ministry together has not been put on pause! This is such a critical time to share the good news of the gospel and to grow deep roots of trust and faith in the Lord. We encourage you to continue giving your tithes and offerings as you are able, recognizing the financial uncertainty for all of us during this time. We are holding onto the promise: the Lord will provide!
You can set up, schedule, or give one-time financial gifts at: thewhychurch.org/egiving.
You can use our mobile giving option by texting “whygive” to 77977.
Or you can mail your offering to:
The WHY Church, 13337 Business Center Dr NW, Elk River, MN 55330
The Apostle Paul captured it well when he said, “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers…” (Ephesians 1:16)
My heart is with you. The Lord will see us through this. And we will praise His name together in the waiting!
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Bjorn Dixon
Dear WHY Church family,
As we prepare for worship this weekend, here are some updates for Sunday morning, March 15th:
Our normal worship gathering will still take place at 9:30AM at the Y. If you prefer to stay home or do not feel well, you can follow a Livestream of the service at: facebook.com/WHYChurch/
Greeting, breakfast, and Communion serving have all been modified. It’ll be a “hi!” instead of a handshake. Our breakfast will be prepackaged and lighter than usual. Coffee will be poured for you. And Communion will be provided at your table in a prefilled cup. Additionally, our Serving Teams are making sure that our surfaces are cleaned and sanitized during set-up.
Kids’ Ministry will happen as planned this weekend. Parents may have their kids engage in activities as they feel comfortable. Student Ministry updates will be made early next week. WHY Groups are meeting at their own discretion.
We continue to follow developments and will make adjustments as needed. The message this Sunday will be: “Jesus Is Peace.” May you find rest, hope, and peace in knowing Him!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” –Psalm 46:1
Grace and peace in Christ,
The Leadership Team of the WHY Church