COVID-19 Updates

Start: Wed, May 20   End: Sat, May 30 | 9:30am

Friday, May 15, 2020

Our precious church family,

You never drift far from our thoughts. As a session we are meeting weekly for prayer and strategizing rather than only monthly as we normally do, and you are ever on our hearts and in our prayers. We are in touch with most of you; but if anyone is “falling through the cracks,” please be in touch with any of the elders or contact us at shepherds@npchurch.org, and we will promptly get in touch with you and care for you.

As we move into another weekend of worship here in mid-May, we understand that you are doubtless wondering when we’ll be able to gather together again at NPC and what that will look like. We’re considering those questions too and working on a plan. We will continue to monitor the evolving situation, consult best practices, and glean practical wisdom from the plans of churches in other parts of the country that have already begun to reopen. As we have sought to do thus far, we will continue to seek to honor the guidelines set forth by our local, state, and national governments. We hope to communicate more soon.

Here are the details for this Sunday, May 17.

1. Rev. David Salsedo, Associate Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Chicago, will be preaching. His text is Matthew 6:25–34, and the sermon title is “Do Not Be Anxious.” Davy will host. We encourage you to tune in once more at 9:30 a.m. as we all worship together. As usual, you can access the sermon at npchurch.org or through the church’s Vimeo page at vimeo.com/napervillepres. A bulletin (Weekly) has been prepared here.

2. Please be on the lookout for notes from Amy and Jan as more and more kids classes are taking place via zoom on Sunday mornings and afternoons.

3. The elders continue to wish to serve you during this time of sheltering at home. As indicated above, please freely continue to use the email address shepherds@npchurch.org to be in touch with the Session, while we also encourage you to reach out directly to any elder whom you personally know or are connected to.

As you head into the weekend, remember that Paul said, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Peter said, “Cast your cares upon him, because he cares for you.” Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom.” One day we will look back from the eternal shores of heaven and chuckle at how worried we got given how safe we were. Let God love you through this time of upheaval. Turn your worries into prayers. Lean into Christ, the Friend of Worriers, moment by moment. Moses began the book of Deuteronomy by saying, “The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son” (Deut. 1:30–31). As a man carries his son! Picture a strong, loving father, his little three-year-old wrapped in his warm embrace. That little one is you and me.

And when we come back together in God’s time, we’ll celebrate that loving embrace all the more triumphantly.

Your brothers and partners in the gospel,

The NPC Session