Dear Fourth Memorial Family,
By now you may have heard that Governor Inslee announced that all gatherings over 50 people are cancelled. This decision impacts our Sunday morning worship service. We will honor our governing authorities and join their efforts to help minimize the transmission of COVID-19.
Every day announcements from government officials are released in an effort to curb the COVID-19 virus transmission. These announcements are placing increasing restrictions from individuals gathering. President Trump, yesterday advised no groups larger than ten should gather and Governor Inslee called upon those in leadership to do all they can to help minimize the transmission.
With the size restrictions of gatherings already established, you can anticipate an “on-line” Sunday service. We have two working plans available to us, depending upon the severity of anticipated restrictions. The hyperlink to the worship service, will be posted on the homepage of our church website by Sunday morning at 8:30am. You will need internet access in order to join us. Regardless, I look forward to worshipping the Lord with you. To be clear, with the restrictions currently in place, until further notice, we will not be having Sunday services at the church campus.
In an effort to heed the precautions put before us, I have decided to close the church office for at least two weeks. I am grateful for the technology in place, whereby the staff can all work from home. Please feel free to contact any of the staff, we would love to minister to you in any way we can!
Scott Liddell (Senior Pastor)
Eric Morse (Youth / Worship)
Jayson Turner (Life / Campus Groups)
Melissa Iverson (Children’s Ministry)
Shelley Paulsen (Office Manager - Realm help)
We have organized the church into care groups. You will likely be receiving a phone call from someone, seeking to know if there is anyway we can minister to you at this time. If you have not been contacted within the week and have an immediate need, please email one of the staff above.
Ever since joining the church staff at Fourth(in 2013), it has been my practice to pray for Fourth each Saturday night at 8:30pm. Since then others have joined me(prayer leaders and elders) in an on-line prayer gathering. I was going to launch a prayer initiative later this year for our church, but with the present circumstances as they are, I would like for you to join us in praying together for one another and our church body. This will be an opportunity for us to see one another. Please join us every Saturday night at 8:30pm using the following hyperlink: Zoom (You may use a tablet, computer or smart phone to join us) This hyperlink will work every Saturday, so you may want to save the hyperlink.
In a worship service there are many components: the instruction of God’s word through song, the instruction of God’s Word through preaching and the support of the gospel ministry through giving. I want to encourage us to continue to give unto the Lord in this time. Proverbs 3:9 reads, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruit of your crops.” Please visit the church GIVE page for more information.
We stopped by the Logan Elementary School on Monday, seeking further information as to how we can help. They know that we stand ready, but the pathway forward isn’t clear. I want to encourage us to minister where God has placed us in Spokane and at work. Please make an effort to check on your neighbors and seek to minister in the Lord’s name.
Fourth family, I am proud of hearing reports of how you will seek to minister to one another and our community, by calling, texting, e-mailing, visiting, writing notes, running errands for, etc. In this season, let us seek to encourage one another. In this time of government sanctioned or self isolation let us practice the spiritual disciplines of reading God’s Word, Prayer, etc. May we allow this time to foster in us gratitude for common graces. May we be grateful for life, friends, family, air to breath, water to drink and bathe, laughter, etc. May we also take the opportunity to be grateful for the things that may be removed from us during a period of time: the privilege to gather and worship the Lord and study God’s Word. May we learn not to take the privileges for granted. For encouragement please read Psalm 63. It speaks of a soul thirsting after God. "O God, You are my God; I shall seek you earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water." I look forward to worshipping the Lord with you on Sunday...online!
Dear Fourth Family,
Tomorrow, Thursday March 26, marks the first day of a two-week, “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued by Governor Inslee. I am praying for our spiritual and physical health. I am also praying for the Lord’s provision for us. I am also praying that our affections for the Lord would increase during this time.
In this season, we are not able to gather corporately. I know that we will miss the opportunity to worship the Lord together through song, the proclamation of God’s Word, and giving. We will miss the “one another” ministries, the hearing of God’s word in our campus groups, and the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper. We may just simply miss greeting one another warmly with a hug, a smile, and a sincere encouragement.
When we do have the opportunity to gather again, I hope that we would rush toward this privilege with gratitude and anticipation. In the meantime, this season of isolation is an opportunity and a gift from the Lord. Let us use it well. We are still His ambassadors.
Some encouraging Psalms in a time when we need God to be our strength, refuge, and present help are: Psalm 46, Psalm 91, and Psalm 98. This resource may also be a to help families in isolation: 6 Ways to Lead Your Family in Isolation.
This Sunday’s Service, March 29
This past Sunday, an excessive overload to the third-party service we use caused an unanticipated delay to the availability of the worship service. However, this Sunday, we are confident you will be able to view the online service at 9:00 am. A link to the service will be available on our homepage, Fourth Memorial Church.
This Sunday, you will also have an opportunity to hear from all of the ministry staff: Jayson Turner, Eric Morse, Scott Liddell, and Melissa Iverson. We will be concluding the study of Joseph’s life. If you want to put the sermon in context, please read the preceding chapters,43-46, in Genesis.
Starting this week, our ministry staff and elders are sharing a mid-week encouragement. Their messages will tell how truth applies to our present circumstances (e.g., isolation, loneliness, and stay-home orders). We post these in two locations, our Facebook page and our website. Take a look!
Prayer Requests and Needs
We will continue to pray for and meet the needs of our body. In this season, we made some strategic changes. First, our congregation has been divided up by zip codes. Below is a list of our elders, deacons, and ministry leaders. These individuals are your first points of contact if you desire prayer or have need. Please do not hesitate to connect with them.
Last week, we had a great time praying together via the video conferencing software called Zoom. We are gathering together as a church for prayer twice a week online.
I want us to corporately seek the Lord in this time. I am humbled by the Psalmist who said, ""I have called upon You, for You will answer me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, hear my cry." (Ps. 17:6)
Join us on Saturday night for an all-church Zoom prayer meeting from 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm. This online gathering will occur each Saturday. Just click on this hyperlink on Saturday night: Saturday Zoom Prayer Gathering.
You can also join us on Sunday morning. Normally, our prayer team meets on Sunday morning in room LL5. Until we can gather again, this group will pray online. If you want to see each other in real time, prior to viewing the sermon from home, please join us. All are welcome.
Please gather with us from 8:00 am - 9:00 am on Sunday morning. To join, select this hyperlink on Sunday morning: Sunday Zoom Prayer Gathering.
Giving and Gratitude
Yesterday, Tuesday, I had the opportunity to spend some time with our bookkeeper, Dale Canner. She shared with me that you, our Fourth family, have been faithful to the Lord in giving, especially through online giving. I am proud of you for demonstrating maturity in this time. I spoke to another pastor last week and encouraged him to talk with his congregation about giving because being generous is a reflection of what one believes about God. I shared this same reflection with you last week at the beginning of the message. Thank you for demonstrating what you believe about God. I continue to be proud of you, and I am grateful to be your pastor.
Opportunities to Serve
I want to encourage us to continue to look for ways to actively love our neighbors. These past two weeks, I have had more contact with my neighbors, who physical live around me, than normal. Additionally, we have opportunities to serve via local non-profits (e.g., food banks) in our community who are deemed "essential" and will continue to stay open. Let us look outward for His Glory and the propagation of the Gospel.
Church family, I miss and love you,
All midweek ministries/gatherings are cancelled for the foreseeable future.
The church office is also closed for the time being. Please call or email the pastoral and ministry staff to get in touch should you need anything.