TWO SUNDAY SERVICES @ 9:00 & 10:45 AM
(Fall to Spring)
IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE:
At this time we are offering a STREAMING SERVICE ONLY on Sundays at 10:45 AM. Due to the stay-at-home order issued by the Governor, the Midland Free church building is closed, and as a result, all ministry events at our campus are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
When the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and it is safe to meet again in person, we will post updates and look forward to seeing you again!
NEW Updates & Sunday Services at Midland Free
Dear Midland Free Church Family,
On Monday, March 23, Governor Whitmer issued a new Executive Order suspending, until at least April 13, activities not necessary to sustain or protect life, including a stay at home requirement and prohibiting public and private gatherings of any number of people among persons not part of a single household. While we are sensitive to the Biblical imperative in Hebrews 10:25 to meet together as a church body for regular corporate worship, we also want to honor the command in Romans 13 to be submissive to our governing authorities. And, we want to be sensitive to the potential realities of the current Coronavirus situation, and to ensure that we are a positive witness for Jesus Christ and the Gospel in our community.
In light of these circumstances, we would like to update you on some additional changes that will occur at Midland Free from now through at least Monday, April 13, 2020.
Here’s how we ask you to continue to participate and engage starting this week:
As we wrote in our Coronavirus Statement last week (see below), God reminds us in Psalm 46 that He is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Armed and confident in this truth, we hope and pray that we will, as a church body, use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus and a light of love, peace, and faith in these dark and uncertain times - through our prayers and our care for others we encounter in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and community.
Please reach out to the Elders via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Trusting in His Sovereignty and Goodness,
Your Elder Board: Len Bogan, Mike Carpenter, Troy Griese, Marty Hill, Jeff Koehlinger, Mike Ladenburger
Josh Stevens, and Pastor Jeremy K. Lobdell
The Elders, Pastors, and Staff of
Midland Free are staying alert to the
latest directives and recommendations,
including the most recent Executive
Order suspending, until at least April 13,
activities not necessary to sustain or
protect life, including a stay at home
requirement and prohibiting public and
private gatherings of any number of
people among persons not a part of a single household. As always, we are doing what we can to minister to the needs of our body and community in light of these changed circumstances and to do so within the requirements and guidelines of our public authorities (Romans 13:1-5).
We must also remember that God has not called us to live in fear but in faith. As the apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For the Spirit of God does not give us fear, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” Our prayer is that God will fill each of us with these three gifts, no matter what comes our way.
The well-being of our Midland Free church family, visitors, staff and community is a top priority. We can all contribute to safe environments, whether we’re at home, school, work or church. Here are reminders we’ve gathered for paying attention to good respiratory etiquette and great personal hygiene:
Like many of you, Midland Free is paying close attention to updates from organizations that are monitoring the illness, like the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) as well as state and local health and safety officials:
INCREASED FLEXIBILITY AND EXTRA MEASURES OF GRACE: Our Pastors and Elders will make decisions to promote the safety and wellbeing of our church family and are carefully monitoring this situation as it unfolds. Please be flexible, as the situation is very fluid and we might need to make decisions on short notice. We will do what we can to protect you as you engage with us in ministry, including, live streaming of full Sunday morning services online at 10:45 am and encouraging and providing creative opportunities for our other ministries, from Small Churches to Life Groups, to BLAST, to JAM and XTREEME, to continue to meet and engage on-line.
Please also extend an extra measure of grace to each other as we walk through the next few weeks together. Remember that each of us will have varying levels of sensitivity and concern about this situation. Please be politely and lovingly clear about your own personal boundaries and respect those who may have personal boundaries more protective than your own.
Mindful of the need to be safe and responsible, we do encourage you to look for new and creative opportunities to create community or fellowship in smaller settings, particularly online, whether through your Small Church, Life Group, or otherwise. God promises that where two or three are gathered together, whether in person or on-line, He will be present in the midst of them. Look at these uncertain times as an opportunity to reach out with the light of the Gospel of Christ to those around you.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this uncharted territory together. Let's commit to praying for those who have been impacted by the virus, check on our neighbors, be ready to serve others in our community, and pray for the spread to end.
The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety and even fear in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet, as believers, we remain certain of God’s steadfast love, presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others we encounter in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and community.
Please call us or contact the Elders if you have any questions or concerns.