COVID-19 Update.

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 info@msfchurch.com.

SUMMARY: 

  • SUNDAY SERVICE MOVES ONLINE ONLY! LIVE STREAM! 10:15 a.m.

  • BUILDING CLOSED TO GROUPS. 
  • OFFICE REMAINS OPEN. 
  • Adult small groups suspended.
  • STARs and youth events postponed/suspended.
  • Monthly prayer gathering suspended.
  • All are encouraged to love and serve your neighbors during this time.

An update email with next steps will be sent April 8.

 

NEW! 03.18.2020 WE ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER!

WE ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER!

This may seem an odd rallying cry given the ever-tightening recommendations for social distancing. But we serve a creative God! The Gospel and God’s work continue!

These challenging but exciting times require the work of the body – each and every one of us – to think, pray and act in innovative ways.

Let’s talk about what this looks like in regard to COVID-19.

In consideration of updated recommendations at the national, state and county levels, the Morning Star leadership prayerfully decided decisive action was required. Therefore, the Morning Star building is closed to groups, including Sunday service.

Breathe your sigh of relief or gently express your frustration or shed a tear of sadness for a moment – no joking intended.

Now please hear our heart.

This was a difficult decision. We believe our witness requires us to …

— Act on the spirit of the law and recommendations.

— Maintain a positive witness by honoring the authorities over us.

— Not compromise the Gospel or the spread of it.

What this means (at this time):

Sunday service moves ONLINE ONLY! (via LIVE STREAM.)

Adult small groups are suspended.

— Office to remain open.

It continues to mean:

— STARs programming and youth activities are suspended.

Monthly prayer gatherings are suspended.

WE ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER!

On Sunday mornings … JOIN the LIVE STREAM at 10:15 a.m. (with a skeleton crew so we honor recommendations and keep each other healthy). WE WILL WORSHIP TOGETHER!

Other ways you can help…

— Pray.

— Give (online through the website; automatic bank withdrawal; mail or drop box)

— Serve others.

How long?

The leadership commits to continued prayer and conversation. On April 8, you will receive an update on our next steps.

We, the people of God, are the church. His kingdom advances through us.

WE ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER!

Find us here …

— LIVE STREAM link on the website under “Watch & Listen”.

(SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel to stay connected to us.)

— COVID-19 ministry updates on the Morning Star website.

 

03.13.2020 COVID-19 UPDATE (abridged version)

It is amazing how fast the road we’re traveling takes unexpected turns. The latest example: the challenge of purchasing toilet paper. I did not see that coming! But it represents reality, COVID-19 impacts daily life. The economy. Schools. Hospitals. And, yes, the church.

Feeling this impact and hearing the updates can produce anxiety and fear.

But God!

God is always standing guard. He never sleeps. He never takes a break. He watches over His people every moment of every day. (Psalm 121) And, He has vast resource to supply all we need. Whether food, clothing, contentment or peace.

COVID-19 did not catch God off guard. This is a small thing in light of His eternal perspective.

What are we to do?

As people of God, let’s live extraordinary lives by living with great hope, deep trust and neighborly compassion.

This too shall pass!

 

03.12.2020: LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION (abridged version)

 

Conversations, memes and news related to COVID-19 run more rampant than the virus itself. We want to assure you that the Morning Star leadership is engaging in conversations related to our preparation for and response to the impact of the virus. Our intent is to prayerfully consider the facts and recommendations of medical and governmental authorities in formulating our ongoing response.

We are aware of the potential seriousness of this virus, certainly based on the reports. At this time, we intend to proceed with caution and sensibility. We remind ourselves and each of you, God does not give a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind.

This past week reveals a rapid change of circumstances and recommendations. We promise due diligence in continuing to assess the situation and our response to it.

Finally, our mission is to share the love of Jesus – at all times. Let’s prayerfully consider how to best serve our neighbors. And, act on what God reveals.