So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you. Patient endurance is what you need now.
For me, the most difficult part of this time has been loss of control and freedom— we are not really sure about the future. There are too many unknowns. The places and things we used to do that brought us joy are no longer available. It feels as though we are in some sort of in between. We can easily acquire toilet paper and food, but still cannot resume what we consider our normal lives.
The initial panic is over, the grieving process continues. How do we do this part? Some days, I limp to the finish, so how do we wait well? There’s a daily devotional calendar by my sink, and I’ve left it on April 7 where it reads a quote from Max Lucado: “There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes- seize it, don’t miss it.”
With confident trust in our Lord, may you turn to him and receive the patient endurance you need in order to wait well. May you take advantage of this time to love those around you well. Now is the time.
Mental & Emotional Health: Part II
Dealing with Stress & Anxiety
Our emotions are important- they help us survive, thrive, and address/avoid potential dangers. Acknowledging them can help us manage and attend to our needs in a positive way. Check out this video from Jordan Cienski, a mental health professional here in San Antonio, on some helpful tips and encouragement to process through emotions during this pandemic. Click here to view the second part to our Mental and Emotional Health video.
If you are struggling with emotional health issues during this time and would like to talk to someone or want information on counseling, please contact Mike DeFrees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Special Gift for YOU
We are missing you all so incredibly much! Our conversations and laughs gathered around the coffee, giving hugs and handshakes during call to community, and hearing us all sing and worship together is something we are missing most. We would love to deliver a special gift to you in the next few weeks. We are SO excited to give you all a little something special we came up with created especially for YOU. If you would like to receive a special delivery from us here at The Park, please fill out this form by this Sunday.
Family Ministries Zoom Meet Ups
We are enjoying our weekly Zoom meet ups with your kiddos! These fun, engaging video calls give us all a time to see friends and hear bible stories and play games! Click here to get meet up times and weekly curriculum.
Join an evening bible study via ZOOM. We are currently offering studies on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday nights at 8pm led by church pastors. For more details and to connect you can click here. We hope you’ll join us!
Sunday Nights @ 8pm – Deeper Dive in Proverbs led by Chris Nikkel
Tuesday Nights @ 8pm – Study Through Daniel led by Scott Austin
Thursday Nights @ 8pm – Spiritual Practices led by Mike DeFrees
You can learn how to use Zoom here.
Covid-19 Needs and Assistance
The Park is still gathering the needs of our community. We have created a way for you to request assistance. If you have a need you can click here.
If you are able to offer assistance to others you can click here.
Stay in Contact
If we can pray for you, please contact your parish pastor directly or send us an email at email@example.com.
If you are experiencing any hardships during this time, we want to be there to support you. If you have questions or needs we can help with, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org