In this unexpected season, the Session in partnership with the staff is seeking to continue our various ministries in creative ways. Below is an outline of our ministry plans.
Join us online for worship at 9:30 AM for March 29 and April 5.
Participate in the various Adult Education classes by Elder Tom Kim and our Pastoral Fellows Luke Gibson and Zack Martin. Note: Contact Zack Martin for more information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Note (parents) that Mark Yu and Jon Huff will forward brief greetings and devotionals for our children.
Connect with your Care Groups via Zoom.
Contact anyone on leadership with prayer requests and needs.
Continue to give online or mail your tithes and offerings to the NewCity address (8227 Old Courthouse Rd. Suite 115, Vienna, VA 2218).
Note: The Session is working on other ways to connect--daily devotionals, weekly prayer meetings, town hall meetings, etc. We'll continue to keep you updated.
The following letter has been adapted from a letter scripted by the Session of Grace DC, a sister church in our presbytery.
Dear NewCity Family,
Out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to suspend all official church-sponsored events through March 28. In particular, this includes our worship services for the next two Sundays (March 15, 22). Before outlining our next steps, we want to explain the reasons for this decision.
The first is our commitment to you and your health. The coronavirus outbreak, now a global pandemic, has reached the greater DMV area. According to health professionals, the risk of contracting the COVID-19 disease remains low, but the virus is very contagious. The disease’s symptoms are similar to that of the cold/flu and may not show for several days, making it hard to detect. Most importantly, its impact on the elderly and those with underlying conditions have proven to be especially dire. These factors, and others, including the increased risk of infection in large gatherings of people, have led the Session of NewCity to conclude that it would be in the best interest of our collective health for all worship services and ministry events to be temporarily suspended.
The second is our commitment to our neighbors and their health. According to health experts, our collective response over the next few weeks can have a measurable impact on the long-term spread and cost of the disease. We see our temporary suspension of ministry, therefore, as a way of supporting a broader effort to suppress and contain the disease—a practical expression of our commitment to love our neighbors as ourselves.
We have not made this decision lightly, nor do we want to spread undue alarm by it. But we are committed to caring for you and our neighbors, exercising wisdom and sound judgment in accordance with the counsel of health professionals and the actions of other organizations and churches across the area. In all things, please remember to pray for our church family and the greater DMV area.
What does this temporary suspension of ministry mean in practical terms?
Sunday Worship. As mentioned above, we will not be holding services on March 15 and 22. We will be watching developments over the next few weeks and evaluating whether to re-open on March 29. However, because it is important to be nourished spiritually even during times of trouble, we will be providing you with the opportunity each week to gather for worship “virtually” by live stream video through NewCity Facebook. This live stream will follow our usual order of service. The bulletin for these services will be posted by Saturday at 9:00 AM on NewCity's homepage.
Care Groups. While smaller gatherings certainly present less risk, we believe it is wisest at this time to implement a consistent approach across all our programs and events. All official Care Groups meetings are therefore suspended through March 28. You are welcome, as always, to gather informally among friends for fellowship.
Offering. In the absence of gathered worship on Sunday, we encourage you to give your tithes and offerings online or mail your checks to the church office (8227 Old Courthouse Rd., Suite 115, Vienna, VA 22182). As always, your giving is first and foremost an act of worship, but it will also help to minimize any negative financial impact on our church due to the coronavirus.
Care/Mercy. If you or a family member become ill, please let us know. We want to care for you and walk with you. Further, as mentioned above, we want to support our neighbors during this season of anxiety and need. Therefore, we encourage you to be watchful for your neighbors’ needs and serve them generously during this time.
As indicated above, the Session of NewCity will be watching developments and seeking the counsel of health experts and ministry partners over the next two weeks to determine whether or not to re-open our Sunday services on March 29. We will in all things remain committed to doing what is in the best interest of you and our neighbors.
Finally, a word of consolation and hope:
. . . [I]n all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:37-39
In hope of eternal life,