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, 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, 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. That order was extended twice, most recently on Friday, April 24th, when Governor Whitmer extended that suspension of such activities, with some revisions, until at least May 15th. 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 May 31, 2020.
Here’s how we ask you to continue to participate and engage with us as we continue to be the church during these challenging circumstances:
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, Troy Griese, Marty Hill, Jeff Koehlinger, Mike Ladenburger, Josh Stevens, and Pastor Jeremy K. Lobdell
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.
While we expect the shelter in place restrictions to begin to be lifted in May and June, we expect that process to be slow and that we will not be free to meet all together for Sunday worship for quite some time (likely well into the summer). We do, however, plan to explore how we can begin to resume some of our more normal small group activities (Life Groups, prayer groups, ministry team meetings) in person in compliance with governmental and health department orders and guidelines.
As we do so, we plan to err on the side of slower vs. faster and health and safety vs. physical proximity. And, we will continue do what we can to reflect the widely different personal circumstances that will exist and protect you as you engage with us in ministry, including, live streaming of full Sunday morning services online at 10:45 am for the forseeable future and encouraging and continuing to provide creative opportunities for our other ministries, from Small Churches to Life Groups, to BLAST, to JAM and XTREEME, 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, particularly as we emerge from shelter in place. 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 continue 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. Thank you.