North Carolina is currently in Phase 3 of a state-wide reopening plan. In accordance with Phase 3 guidelines, we are holding worship services on Sunday morning in the church sanctuary along with online/virtual access using the Zoom meeting information found on the home page of this website. We encourage everyone attending services in person to observe all health and safety protocols. In attending any New Life service in person you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. People identified at high risk of severe illness are adults over 65 years, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or with weakened immune systems. People of all ages can be infected with and be carriers of the coronavirus causing COVID-19.
The situation with COVID-19 is an opportunity for us not to react in fear but to respond in faith. It is an opportunity for us to love people and be compassionate. It is an opportunity to wisely assist those in need. It is an opportunity to pray that when people are confronted with the fragility of life and their mortality they may turn to God, the true source and meaning of life. It is an opportunity for us to be the Church, the body of Christ, that is not defined by a building or location, by programs, or by numbers. Rather, it is an opportunity for us to defined by our mission, by our love for one another, and by becoming more like Jesus.
It is particularly at times like these that we pray for the comfort of the Holy Spirit so that we may join with the apostle Paul when he declared in Philippians 1:20-21, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Pastor Philip & Jejee Thomas