June 24, 2020: Important COVID Update
Hello Life Link Family and friends,
Pastor Cheree’ and I are so grateful for the privilege of serving you and the amazing family of friends called Life Link Church as we carry out our Divine Mission of “Linking People and God Together For Life”.
Our commitment to following God’s lead has compelled us to take many surprising steps together as we follow Him on the path He has laid out for our church family. When God gave us Proverbs 3:5-6 as our scripture for this year, none of us could have known how profoundly important that guidance would turn out to be as the year is unfolding. Here’s what He tells us in that scripture:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
Like never before, we have leaned into Him and His guidance for our church family this year. Starting in March, when we stepped into an online mode of worshipping together via Live-Stream on Sunday mornings, we have been closely following His lead on a week-to-week journey as our communities walk through waves of challenges stemming from COVID-19. Back in May, working with input from our Medical Advisory Team, our Elders and our Pastoral Leadership teams, we felt released to offer the option to reassemble for Corporate Worship for those who were ready to do so, while continuing to offer the live-stream service for those who sensed the need to worship “together” from home beginning June 7th.
This “week-to-week” trusting on guidance from God is our continued commitment as we serve to lead the congregation through the fluid times we are living in. Which brings us to the point of this letter:
On Monday, Pastor Cheree’ and I convened our Medical Advisory Team of Doctors (all of whom are either Elders or Staff Pastors at Life Link) to assess the spikes they are seeing related to the wave of COVID working through the Phoenix valley right now. On Tuesday we met with our Operations Team and then again with the Doctors on the Medical Advisory team to get a true read on where Life Link is positioned as a church family.
After that series of meetings and time alone with the Holy Spirit, Pastor Cheree’ and I believe that we sense God leading us this week to transition back into the online model of connecting together as well as worshipping together on Sundays for the next few weeks starting with our Wednesday Night connection tonight.
That means that beginning today, June 24th, we will reformat our worship and prayer connections back into the Live-stream/online mode only and reschedule/postpone all other in-person events that are planned in the building until we begin to reassemble back into in-person corporate gatherings and worship.
So, for those of you who have been able to join us at the Table for fellowship and prayer over the past Wednesday nights, please enjoy dinner at your table at home tonight and then join Pastor Cheree’ and me at 7pm on the Life Link Church Facebook Live and Instagram pages instead.
On Sundays, please join us in worship at 9:30am and 11:30am on the Life Link website, Youtube channel, or Facebook Page.
Pastor Cheree’ and I will continue to lean on God’s week-to-week guidance for the Life Link Church Family, working closely with the Elders and Pastors on our Medical Advisory Team, our Staff Pastors, and Ops team as we serve you with leadership. Your physical and spiritual wellbeing remains a central focus for us. We are committed to doing all we can to see you thrive – not just survive – in this turbulent season. We are filled with faith and fully expect God to lead us all in His supernatural flow of provision, equipping all of us for unprecedented, miraculous breakthroughs.
You may have follow-up questions that need clarification. Please email those to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to know how what those are so you are fully informed.
We love you and can’t wait to connect with you on Facebook and Instagram tonight and then worship with all of you online “together” this weekend.
Pastors Dave and Cheree’
May 8, 2020: Update on the Life Link Reassembly Plan
Hi Life Link Family and Friends,
Pastor Cheree’ and I wanted to connect with you today to make sure you are up to speed with where our leadership teams are in the process of serving you with a path to regathering for corporate worship. We have been working with various leadership teams (Medical Advisory Team, Elders, Staff, Dream Team, etc.) within the Life Link Church family to align our path toward reassembly for our gathered corporate worship services. Our commitment to you is to provide you – the church family – with a Holy Spirit-guided, wisdom-informed reassembly plan that serves the needs of the whole church family.
As you are well aware, there are a LOT of voices in various social media platforms freely expressing a wide range of opinions as to when the “church should re-open”. The freedom to share thoughts and opinions is a privilege we hold dearly and we encourage all forms of constructive dialogue. Frankly, as the “re-open” issue relates to Life Link, the “‘church’ never closed – we simply changed modes in which we continued to worship ‘together,’” while the leaders in our land sorted through their responsibilities to guide our communities through a situation they felt merited extraordinary measures on everyone’s part.
It is important for you to remember that God’s church will never be “closed” because Jesus is building a church that even hell cannot prevail against (Matthew 16:18). Life Link is part of that and will never “close” for ministry as a church. We will always follow the Lord’s leadership using whatever “modes” work best for each situation we face as a church family. We are strong and malleable, powerful and flexible. We can thrive in our Macro/Assembled expression and in our Micro/House-to-House expression. And we are victorious together as we follow our Savior forward season-by-season.
Pastor Cheree’ and I are so thankful for all God has done through our church family as we have worshipped “together via Livestream” over the past several weekends. Each of those Sundays we have walked into the church facility to lead our times of worship together, we are reminded of how much we cherish the opportunity to worship all “together in the auditorium” with the church family. We are really looking forward to regathering in corporate worship as soon as feasible.
We anticipate rolling out a Phased Reassembly Plan to the church family during the week following Mother’s Day. Please be watching for it and respond with information we’d like to receive back from you so we’ll know how best to prepare for you as we re-gather for corporate weekend worship services.
We love being a church family with you!
Pastors Dave and Cheree’
April 9, 2020: April, Week 1 LLC Update
Hi Life Linkers,
Pastor Cheree’ and I are holding you up in prayer as we all stay linked together in this new season. While it’s always been important to be linked together with God and each other, it has never been more important than it is now.
We wanted to update you on a few things this week:
1) We have changed our “Live Stream” provider after 3 weeks of them promising to fix the dropout issues and seeing no improvement. Starting this Easter Sunday, we will be streaming on the same provider that serves Life.Church (Pastor Craig Groeschel) and Elevation (Pastor Steven Furtick). That service provider should deliver a substantially more stable worship experience for everyone watching (Woo Hoo!!)
2) If you have missed any of the last 3 sermons (3/22, 3/29 or 4/5), PLEASE CLICK HERE to watch each one that you have missed. God is providing the Life Link Church family critically important guidance that will be increasingly vital for every household that calls Life Link home. You’ll definitely want the HANDOUT that goes with each sermon. CLICK HERE to get the handouts you don’t have.
3) Last (Palm) Sunday, I referenced getting an Outreach Flyer to you that you can print out (& cut) at home to use for the 5 neighbors closest to you. CLICK HERE to download the printable PDF. Please get them out to the 5 closest neighbors you have by Friday if possible.
4) Please don’t forget about our Good Friday Communion Service on the LLC Facebook page this Friday, 4/10, at 7pm.
5) If you haven’t received a call from one of the leaders at Life Link yet, please send us an email at email@example.com to let us know. We want to make sure we are in touch with you.
We love you and are so very glad to be linked together as a church family with you.
Pastors Dave and Cheree’
March 18, 2020: Join us on LIVE STREAM this Sunday at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 11:30am!
Hello Church Family, If you just missed the live video update I just did, check it out!
Posted by Life Link Church on Wednesday, 18 March 2020
We have seen a lot of change in the last 48 hours. The last time we saw each other on Sunday, we didn’t realize that within 24 hours the CDC and the President would ask all of us to limit our group sizes to 10 or less. While that may be a surprise to most of us, it is not a surprise to God – and as He says in His Bible, He’s working things out for our good.
So, our leadership team has been meeting through the day today to frame how to serve the LLC family with the most effective way to worship “together” this weekend. Here’s the plan for this Sunday: We are “going live” (via LIVE STREAM) this Sunday at 9:30am, 10:30am and 11:30am which gives you lots of options to choose from.
We realize that things are changing rapidly so if you’d like to get updates as we send them out, text UPDATE to tel:480-470-0800. If you have specific questions you’d like information on, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have specific prayer requests that you’d like us to pray for, please email them to email@example.com. We want to let you know that we love you and are praying for you. We are linked with you for life and love the journey we’re on together.
See you soon.