Spiritual Resource Page COVID-19

Congregational updates

  • We’ve started in-person worship on our campus! It’s very early on in the city’s reopening, but we have made in-person worship available to those who desire it.
      • We are following the city’s recommendations for social distancing measures and  will be in place. There will be no more than 30 in the sanctuary with face masks. Here is our phased opening plan.
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      • Each week we will adjust to find a good method for social distanced worship. For the time being, if you plan to come please sign-up so our re-opening team can make adjustments for worship
 

Spiritual Growth

  • Kids “Sunday School” will take a summer hiatus for the time being, however our online Bible Classes have been designed to be interactive and incorporate simple truths. Kids are welcome to join!
  • Thursday we will continue our online Bible Class at 7:00. Feel free to start checking in around 6:45.
     

     

    Prayers/updates for those affected by COVID19

      • Continued prayers Katherine Jefferson’s sister-in-law is still in ICU but stable. 
      • Prayers for Olga Jones that she recover from back pain
      • For Richwell who is recovering from a stroke last week. 
Offerings and giving are an expression of the great love we have in Christ. Support Crown of Life’s at this unique time.
 

Giving Options

Community Conundrum

Xavier Language club, Tulane ROTC, Dillard Auxiliary Services, Omicron Lambda Omega, Kappa Alpha Psi all have something in common. They volunteer and they all came to the community garden to do it! We are only a small slice of volunteer bases so that tells you there are many more are spending their time productively helping complete strangers.

It’s kind of new to me. From high school through grad school there were very few organized opportunities to serve. The philosophy was study hard and then after you’re done with school your contribution to society can begin. That’s definitely not the case today. I’ve had grade school age kids looking to fill their service hours. Increasingly educational institutions recognize learning can’t happen in a vacuum, and perhaps that being generous with time and ability is a learned thing not an automatic thing.

Serving is a good thing. I would even say it’s a Biblical thing. We are called to serve.  Galatians 5:13 says, “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” Academic institutions get that to some degree.  It isn’t automatic, that’s why it has to be commanded. The world is becoming so fiercely individualized that it increasingly has to be organized, and planned.  The sinful nature can resort to such a self focus it can neglect everything around it in the name of self fulfillment. It’s the other type of vacuum that sucks everything up for itself, it’s time, it’s resources, everything. Institutions know that’s neither healthy nor sustainable.

 

We’ve been spiritually equipped (by the Spirit through sermons, Bible Study, devotions, etc.). By Christ’s blood we are children of God alive with the Spirit learning what our new status means in life. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It might feel unnatural to do it at times, and it might seem like a burden to do it, but that’s because good works aren’t automatic. They had to be given to us, prepared for us to do. The danger is that we can become Christians so equipped to understand the needs of the world, but never putting ourselves in a position where we can address those needs. There’s the temptation to be like a spiritual strong man who would rather build his spiritual muscles to show them off, but become unconcerned or even annoyed with the weak who can’t carry their own spiritual baggage.

 

There’s no ambiguity about it. God did not put us on reserve for good works. He made you a productive part of God’s Kingdom right now! In this individualized world, it may mean being intentional about serving, but use that God given strength to show the weak you are willing to meet them where their burdens have kept them.

 

Here’s one opportunity to intentionally meet complete strangers. This Saturday the garden plans on preparing garden beds for growing. You can see information here.



Evelyn Baughman, May 3, 2020 - 4:22 am

PlZ say a prayer for my sister Debi who will have major surgery this Wed/Robert & I are sheltering in place ><> no worries/sending lots of love & holding all yAll in prayer

Pastor, April 27, 2020 - 8:40 pm

Pray for Melvina who went into the hospital late last night. Not much is know about why, but it seems she is in stable condition. Prayers for healing and strength.

Pastor, April 27, 2020 - 8:09 pm

Pray for my sister Lisa who just tested positive for COVID. She only has mild symptoms and is quarantining at home.

Katherine Jefferson, April 21, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Prayers for our former Music Supervisor, in NOPS, Joe Mills,in ICU from the virus. Thank you and God Bless.

Anonymous, April 21, 2020 - 4:43 pm

God's blessings to all, we are asking for prayers for our babe'girl Syriah as she is experiencing some back pain and it is making her final weeks difficult,also continue prayers for my dear friend Gwen as she fight to recover from this virus. Amen