NEO Team Update 5-18-20
Congratulations 2020 Pastoral Family Graduates!
Son of Nathan & Kaylan Allen (Miami New Life)
Future Plans: NEO, Information Technology
Son of Steve & Kendra Brown (Cleveland)
OSU, BS-Mechanical Engineering
Future Plans: Career in Engineering
Daughter of Marci Marquis (Tulsa Regency Park)
Future Plans: Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, Counseling
Daughter of David & D’Anne Means (Tulsa Regency Park)
Future Plans: SNU, Nursing
Son of Bob & Diana Mueller (Muskogee Freedom Fellowship)
ICTC & Homeschool
Future Plans: Continue in Management, Chick Fil A
Son of Joel & Melanie Ross (Tulsa Central)
SNU, Exercise Science
Future Plans: Career as Personal Trainer
Son of Darren & Carrie Smith (Tulsa Regency Park)
Future Plans: Trevecca, Marketing & Music Production
Youth Pastor (Tulsa Hills)
God’s Bible School & College, AA Bible & Theology
Future Plans: Continue in Ministry as God calls
Son of Jim & Christy Thornton (Tulsa Hills)
Future Plans: Career in Prosthetics & Orthotics
Setting Our Hope
Dear NEO Family,
I think at the beginning of this pandemic, many of us thought that after a couple of weeks, or certainly within a couple of months, there would be some sort of “all clear” notice, and life would snap back to normal—business as usual. But it’s become quite evident that COVID-19 is going to have some long-lasting effects, and what we thought was normal will be forever changed.
The challenges, illness, death, loneliness and financial loss of COVID-19 are massive and not to be overlooked. But there are some positives:
- All of us are learning a lot more about technology and its potential use in the church.
- We are also gaining a better understanding of disinfecting protocol as leaders are working carefully to reopen their buildings.
- Congregational care is being expanded as churches are dividing their churches into small units with lay leaders facilitating mutual care among their members.
- Some who are believers are finding time for Bible reading and deeper prayer, especially interceding for others who are in harm’s way or are all alone.
- Many are using this time to deepen their relationships with their families, having devotion times and important discussions about what’s going on in the world.
- Others who have never been to a church in their life are now tuning in weekly to online services, where they are hearing God’s Word in the safe, nonthreatening environment of their homes.
For me, personally, I have felt God speaking to me about deepening my trust during this pandemic. It is so easy for me to be full of joy and faith when my health is good, my savings secure and my relationships strong. It is tempting to “set my hope” on what I can do and provide. But what do I do when the foundations seem to be cracking?
Last week my scripture reading took me through 2 Corinthians. I was reminded several times in this letter of the hardships the apostle Paul endured (see ch. 1, 4, 6, 11 and 12). In chapter one he says, “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life…But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us” (v 8 – 10).
Let’s continue to set our hope on Christ, knowing that his strength is made perfect in our weakness, and he works in all things for the good of his children.