Dear Precious Ones,
Our work has changed so rapidly in these last weeks.
• Schools are canceled.
• Kids are grieving not seeing their teachers and friends.
• Teachers are grieving not seeing the students and co-workers.
• For some, work is now not an option if their work has closed.
• Some have to work from home.
• Some have to work from home AND homeschool kids.
• Some are home worried about their health, well being, and future.
These are difficult days. So, what does that mean for us as the church? Before I go into the details of what church will look like for the immediate future, the lyrics from the song, “No Longer Slaves to Fear” have resonated with me in these days. Particularly the line that says:
You split the sea
So I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me
And I will stand and sing
I am the child of God
"My fears were drowned in perfect love." You know what the word drown means, right? It means something dies in the water by not being able to breathe. So, think about it. Our FEARS cannot survive in the perfect love of God.
Do we need to grieve what we knew to be normal?
YES! It is right and appropriate to grieve.
It is okay to be confused or upset with our current situation?
YES! Those feelings are normal.
Is it okay to be worried about what the future holds especially for those who are more vulnerable to this virus?
YES! It is okay to feel those worries.
It is okay to feel all those things. I just want to also encourage you to hold in tension the fact that God loves you, cares for you, and is walking through all of this with you. The perfect love of God is capable of drowning our fears.
Rest in God’s perfect love today. When you being to feel overwhelmed, and it will come, breathe deeply three times and remember the perfect love of God drowns out our fears.
I love you all SO much and it is so hard to not be with you all in person, but we will get through this.
Grace and Peace,
We will update this area frequently with helpful resources in regards to COVID19. Here are some helpful links below.
From the city of Shawnee:
The most critical needs right now are:
2-donations to local charities helping to respond to those with the greatest needs. (Ex. Shawnee Community Services, United Way, Harvesters etc.)
3-blood donations, American Red Cross is in dire need of blood donations. More information here.
4-donating specific items:
Shawnee Community Services is asking for:
• diapers sizes 5, ; baby wipes
• dish soap and laundry soap
• toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.
• Money for $20 gasoline assistance or QT gift cards
Food: canned meats: especially chicken, pork n beans, chicken/tuna salad kits, cracker sandwiches, protein or cereal bars, pop top can fruit or fruit cups. They also will receive non perishable food deliveries at their location from HyVee, Walmart or others if preferred.
Families of kids K-12, are you in need of Academic Support in these days of virtual or hybrid learning?
At Shawnee Nazarene we want to meet the needs of families in these days with all-day Study Halls.
This is something we are offering for the 2020 fall semester and is available to ANYONE in need! So, feel free to spread the word!
These services will be available on school days where remote/virtual learning is in place and applies to days normally considered school days (not teacher workdays, school breaks, etc.).
We will be open from 7:30am to 4pm Monday-Friday at $25 a day per kid or $100 a week per kid.
If late pick up is needed it is $5 per half hour after 4pm until 5:30pm.*
*If you are in need of financial assistance let us know in the form. We will provide assistance on a case by case basis.
We are following the JOCO guidelines for an alternative location . Students will remain in cohorts of no more than 15 to 1 Study Hall Monitor. All Study Hall Monitors will go through a background check process.
If you are interested please click to enroll:
Questions? Email our Coordinator for the Academic Support Service, Gigi Willignham-Kraft at: firstname.lastname@example.org.