Dear Sanctuary Family,
As this “shut down” continues and we all adjust to a new normal, the hardest part for me has been feeling physically disconnected from all of you. I can’t wait till we can all be together again. That first Sunday, whenever it is, when we can finally all gather is going to be so sweet.
There are a couple of updates I want give you.
First, week two of our online broadcast was smoother than week one. As we do our best to figure out how to do this each week, I expect that it will become better and better. We had one or two minor technical difficulties this week but they will be fixed next week. If you missed it or couldn’t figure out how to tune in, you can click here and watch.
What’s been super exciting to see is the amount of people who watch every week and where they are watching from. To date, last Sunday’s broadcast has been viewed by just under 5,000 people and here is just a sampling of where they are from:
Australia, Africa, Tennessee, South Carolina, Canada, Indonesia, Florida, Arizona, Georgia, Maryland, Colorado, Virginia, Arkansas, Missouri, Michigan, France, Illinois, Brazil, Texas, Dominican Republic, Utah, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, South Dakota, Louisiana, California, and Wisconsin.
Isn’t it just like God to use this “shut down” as a way to reach more people than if we weren’t shut down? I smile when I think about how nothing—NOTHING—can stop God from doing ANYTHING he wants to do and reaching ANYONE he wants to reach.
Second, while we work hard behind the scenes to ensure that Sunday’s keep improving, we are also working to keep our young church moving forward even though we are being forced to “sit still.” As an organization, we want to emerge from this season sturdier than we were before. So, ironically, this “time off” has afforded us the time and the energy to focus on some things that will ensure our young church is in a stronger position moving forward. I have no doubt that the best is yet to come for us and that we will look back on this and see it as the time God significantly advanced his work in and through our church. Rather than hurting us, I believe God will use this to help us in big ways.
Also, I want to remind you to please continue giving during this time.
Our young church can’t afford to see giving significant decline without serious consequences.
You can either give online here or mail your donation to our P.O. Box:
c/o Ed Jahn
P.O. Box 840
Jupiter, FL 33468
This upcoming Sunday is Palm Sunday—the start of Holy Week. And as my friend (and Pastor), Pat Thurmer recently said, “I hope that, even in this isolated time, we will grasp in new and fresh ways the passion of our Lord who endured the most horrific isolation out of Love for you and me.”
Again, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you or any way that we can pray for you. We are standing by to help and serve in any way needed.
We love you and miss you and can’t wait to see you soon.