Morning Star stands by its mission to love Jesus, share hope, connect people and celebrate life. Wisdom dictates flexibility in what that looks like given the seriousness of and recommendations regarding COVID-19. The heart of our mission remains. The working out of it adjusts.
This page contains up-to-date information on the status of our services and events.
Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
- IN-BUILDING SERVICES SUNDAYS @ 10:15 a.m.
MASKS PLEASE if you are entering, leaving, or up and around the building. If at your seat and physically distanced, you have the option of removing your mask.
(Children’s ministry with masks)
SUNDAY SERVICE LIVE STREAM @ 10:15 a.m.
- BUILDING OPEN TO MINISTRY WITH PRECAUTIONS.
- REGULAR OFFICE HOURS.
To find a Morning Star small group, contact the office! firstname.lastname@example.org
- Adult small groups masked at the leader’s discretion.
- STARs and youth in-person events scheduled with precautions.
- All are encouraged to love and serve your neighbors during this time.
MASKS REQUIRED (TO SOME DEGREE) FOR ALL MSFC ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS. PLEASE CHECK WITH INDIVIDUAL MINISTRIES FOR DETAILS.
Greetings church family,
Recently Governor DeWine announced that self-serve buffets are permitted in Ohio. This is one indicator that more things are opening with the easing of COVID restrictions. With this in mind, the elders are relaxing guidelines for worship gatherings and adult small groups. The desire is to encourage the church to engage relationally while being sensitive to the health of all who gather.
For worship gatherings, we will operate on a restaurant-type model: Facial coverings are to be worn except when at your seat.
For adult small groups, the guidelines for each individual group are to be determined by the group leader with the participants’ collaboration. The group is to consider the needs of the participants. Decisions are to be made with facial coverings and social distancing in mind.
Guidelines for other ministries will be discussed with the ministry leads in the near future.
These changes begin Saturday, February 27.
This morning the elders used Mark 5:21-43 as the basis of prayer. In the passage, Jesus brought a synagogue ruler’s daughter back to life. After the ruler, Jairus, begged Jesus to heal her, Mark wrote, “So Jesus went with him” (Mark 5:24 NIV).
As Jesus went with Jairus, so He goes with us. Through your day, pause to remember that He is going with you every step, every moment.
On behalf of the elders,
Governor DeWine addressed the state of Ohio on Wednesday night to update Ohioans on the rise of COVID-19 cases. He is adamant about mask wearing and distancing. He is waiting a week to see if the number of cases and hospital admissions drop. If not, he will be setting more restrictions.
What does this mean to us?
As followers of Jesus, we must prayerfully consider how we respond as individuals and as a church.
— What response most reflects the character of Jesus?
— What response is the best witness of Jesus to our community?
The answer to these questions corresponds to a person’s perspective. Some believe that a no-mask policy is best. Others are equally convinced that a strict mask-wearing policy is best. Who is correct?
Maybe one. Maybe the other. Maybe neither.
Still, decisions as a church have to be made. Since March, Morning Star has been committed to following the COVID-19 directives of the governor, as long as they do not contradict biblical teachings. As we continue to make decisions around this, we need your prayers.
Please pray …
- For leaders to have wisdom from God in decision making (James 1:5).
- For unity among believers as Jesus prayed (John 17:11).
- For others to believe our message (John 17:20).
May we navigate these days by seeking God first, extending grace, sharing hope and living joy — acting as Jesus’ disciples.
For God’s Glory,