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Northshore Community Church

Hey Northshore Family,

I’m writing to share an update regarding our plans to resume in-person ministry on campus.

But first, I want to say thank you for all the ways you have continued to give, serve, pray, and reach out to others. As a result, online engagement has remained above our pre-COVID attendance numbers. In early October, we were down almost 18% in our giving, but as of this past weekend, we have closed the gap and are back ahead of our anticipated giving. New Life Groups have launched, seeds of new faith have been planted in Alpha, and new people have found a church home even while we’ve been online. And that’s not about me—that’s about you being committed to our church’s mission and vision. So thank you!

This past September, after we announced to remain online-only, our staff set out to update and improve our ministries. We created the After Party to help our Life Groups have more in-depth conversations about each week’s message. We launched the Together For Team so everyone can find and even share opportunities to serve in their local community—and hundreds of you are now involved. We started First Fridays for students and pop-up events for kids and families.

But as encouraged as I have been, I’m also aware of the spiritual and relational impact that this season has had on all of us. So as we’ve been improving our online ministry, we’ve also been working on a plan to regather on campus in early 2021. Given the latest COVID restrictions, I cannot commit to an exact date, but I can say that our team will be ready in the new year, and I hope to have more specific details by the end of the year.

In the meantime, I know the increased restrictions are hard to bear. Our family had to cancel a trip and postpone a family visit. I imagine many of you have similar kinds of stories. But let’s not give in to discouragement or settle for just making it to 2021. Let’s remember that God is still working, even in these final weeks of 2020. In fact, on November 29, we’re starting a special Christmas series called “It Would Take A Miracle” about how God can make a way when there is no way. I think that’s something we all need to remember right now.

Northshore, a day will come when we will look back on this era and clearly see what God was doing. A day will come when this will be a story that we are telling, not a struggle that we are facing. But until that day, as the writer of Hebrews once wrote…

“Let us hold unswervingly to the HOPE we profess, for he who promised is FAITHFUL. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward LOVE and GOOD DEEDS, not giving up meeting together (even if it’s meeting online during a pandemic), as some are in the habit of doing, but ENCOURAGING ONE ANOTHER–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

– Hebrews 10:23-25 (emphasis mine)

 

I love you, Northshore!

Scotty Scruggs