I was so grateful to see and hear from so many of you at our Park Family Meeting on Sunday. Some of the questions that were asked and comments that were made are already bearing fruit in beautiful and unexpected ways.
Easter is a reminder of God’s commitment to renewal. What God did for Jesus by raising him from the dead, He has promised to one day do for all creation and has begun to do in and through us, His people. And while it’s exciting to join God in doing a new thing; it can also be hard. Painful even. Change often is.
So it’s with a bittersweet feeling that I want to share some big news.
Matt Agresti, Park Church Associate Pastor of Worship and Communication (and so much more) recently accepted the call of
Once per season, we'll be producing and distributing a newsletter with stories, updates, and prayer requests. It'll be written from a variety of voices from within Park Church, representing various ministries. We are excited to get the first edition into your 'hands' on this Good Friday.
As you have no doubt experienced, facing the COVID-19 pandemic has been a long road to travel. As a church, we’ve learned a lot, we’ve made some mistakes, but we have always strived to face it consistently by prioritizing loving God through loving our neighbors. In turn, you have responded wonderfully: bearing with us through outdoor services (including a rainy Christmas Eve!), video worship experiences, and various other restrictions – including masks. Thank you for your graciousness and patience.
With that being said, we are pleased to announce that as of this Sunday March 6, we are no longer asking or requiring anyone to wear a mask.
How can we help Ukraine?
As you are aware, war has broken out in Ukraine. Women and children are escaping as refugees, people are injured and dying, the country is the grip of fear and grief, peace has been lost. As Michael said last week via email, we feel helpless – but we want to help anyway. So the question is, how can we help? Two ways:
through prayer and through generosity.
In our Community Groups this week, we will spend the majority of the time in prayer for the war in Ukraine. If you are not part of a Community Group but would like to join us in prayer together, contact Matt Agresti and he will connect you with a Group (hurry though, many Groups meet tonight!). You could also reach out to one of our Group leaders directly.
We give because God has given everything to us. We give because we have more than we need. We give because our brothers and sisters across the globe are in need.
We encourage you to give any reputable relief organization, such as World Vision or Convoy of Hope.
Pray and give today.
Park Church Leadership
After weeks of warnings from Western leaders, Russia has invaded Ukraine. Women and children are fleeing the country, others are taking refuge in underground subway stations, and the death toll is rising.
As my wife and I tried to explain the situation to our kids, the questions started coming. Why is this happening? Why is the bad man hurting people? Why can’t someone stop him? Our inability to provide simple answers to questions like these reminded me of two things.
As you may know, Park Church has been blessed with a long, rich history of music – a history that’s been animated by gifted musicians, a unique sound, and a heart for the God who is worthy of our praises.
When it comes to music at Park, COVID has taught us two things.
First, we are beyond grateful for the handful of gifted musicians (like Pete, John, and Sydney to name a few) who have worked together to provide faithful musical leadership on Sunday mornings throughout the pandemic. They, and all others who helped, have been a gift.
Second, if music at Park is going to grow and flourish, we need a Music Team Lead. Someone not simply to lead musically on Sunday mornings, but someone to organize, coordinate, and lead a growing band of musicians.
It’s with this in mind that, and as we said last Sunday,
we are excited to introduce our new Music Team Lead: Marcos Martí!