We are sure this communication will come as no surprise to you. The coronavirus (COVID-19) situation here in the United States and in Tucson continues to change rapidly. For instance, shortly after our service on Sunday, March 15th, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidelines that called for the cancellation of all public events of 50 or more people for the next 8 weeks. The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Pima County Health Department adopted those same guidelines. On Monday, President Trump’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America included a guideline to “avoid social gathering of more than 10 people.” Similarly, the new recommendations by the Arizona Department of Health Services includes a 10 person gathering restriction. After discussion, the Elders believe that this is a time to serve our neighbor and do what is best for the community as a whole. Therefore, we have chosen to honor the guidelines set forth by the President, Centers for Disease Control, and Arizona Department of Health Services. What does this mean? 
  • We will not be gathering for worship in the same way. Beginning this weekend (Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22), we will move online. On Sunday at 10:00am, a message will be streamed for you as we continue our Galatians sermon series. A link with instructions will be sent out in the coming days.
We encourage you to watch it as a family or with additional friends. As long as you are taking precautions and are able to honor the gathering guidelines, we encourage viewing in community! For how long?
  • We will move to an online format through at least the end of March. This means that we will be online for at least two weekends. At such point, the Elders will make another decision based on updated COVID-19 situation reports and recommendations.
What does church look like long-term?
  • This is a fluid situation. This is unprecedented territory for Desert Son. Correction: this is unprecedented territory for every church! Because this is new, we are all prayerfully considering how God may call us into new and creative ways of worshiping and gathering. In the next few weeks, the Elders will be meeting and talking about long-term solutions, if needed.
We realize that “online” services may not be the best long-term solution for our church. Nor do we think it’s spiritually fruitful to be absent from community for too long. As a result, the Elders are in conversation and praying through a strategic plan for a longer-term solution that meets the current gathering guidelines and helps foster (and sustain) community within the life of Desert Son. Once a strategic plan is solidified, we will be communicating that plan with you. What can we do?
  • Pray. As mentioned this past weekend, we have many areas that we can be intentionally praying for. Dustin Benge, a pastor and professor at Southern Seminary mentioned seven areas that we can be specifically praying for at this time: the calm assurance of God’s sovereignty; the dispelling of fear and worry; opportunities to serve our neighbor; wisdom in decision-making; a willingness to follow instructions; global gospel advance; and healing for all affected. Let’s cast all our cares on God!
  • Serve. As the Christian Church has done throughout her history, let’s rise to the occasion to serve our neighbors. Make it a priority to check in on our elderly members and those that are high risk. Let’s do what we can to meet their needs. Let’s also do the same in our neighborhoods, families, and places of work. If we know of a need, let’s work together to meet it for the glory of God! 
As a reminder, if you, a loved one or anyone you know is in need of anything please contact the church at info@desertson.org or call us at 520-579-8291.
  • Give. Please continue to demonstrate your faithful support of God’s work. It’s such a privilege to minister alongside you and know that God is working to build His kingdom through the ministries of Desert Son Community Church. We expect our offerings to go down through this season while our benevolence and opportunities to serve people in need go up. So we ask that you please pray for the church and continue to generously give at the link below (“Online Giving”), by mail, or on the church app.
What’s Next?
  • We will be in touch! Click the banner above to access the sermon for this weekend, or view it on the Desert Son Community Church Facebook page. In the next couple weeks, you will again hear from us regarding long-term plans as needed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Thank you so much for your continued prayers. We are in need of God’s wisdom and are prayerful that He will use this season to further unite Desert Son, shepherd us toward engaging in community in new ways, and grow us more into His image and likeness. 
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out and ask. Thank you again for your prayers for us and for Desert Son. We are so grateful for you, our brothers and sisters in the Lord!

 

Grace and peace be with you,  The Elders of Desert Son Community Church  Shawn, Ryan, Dave, Dan, John, and Mike 

 

 

 

--- Leadership

Senior Pastor – Ryan Collins
Worship Pastor – Andrew Brown
Youth Director – Bobby Meredith
Kid’s Ministry Director– Stephie Duell
Lead Elder – Shawn Duell
Elder – Dave Storey
Elder – Dan Fillenberg
Elder – John Harkey
Elder – Mike Aldrich
 

 

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