A Note From the Shepherds

We as your shepherds are so thankful for the many ways you are already working to take care of each other during this health crisis. As the COVID-19 spread continues, we are adjusting our meeting schedule to reflect the most recent CDC recommendations as follows:

There will be no meetings at the building either March 22 or March 29. We will assess the situation at the end of March and then determine the plan for Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, and moving forward. This includes Sunday and Wednesday evening Bible classes.

We’re sure you have questions. Following are answers to a few questions we’ve heard:

How will we stay connected? Great question! We will continue email updates twice a week as usual. If you know someone who’s not currently getting the email updates, please send their email address to Shelby at office@minterlane.org. You can also email any prayer requests to her or to any of the shepherds or staff members.

What about Facebook? If you haven’t already, go to Minter’s Facebook page, like it, and follow it for updates. Kester Smith has already offered to share scripture and write regular posts of encouragement there … and you can, too!

Do you know someone who doesn’t have email or social media? Be their point person to share news and updates. Now’s a great time to go old school with phone calls and notes.

What about sermons and worship time? We’ll all miss enjoying those things together. We’re working on ideas on how to virtually provide some of those experiences to you. Until then, when you find something helpful or encouraging (for example, online services from Grace Crossing Church in Houston, or from Brentwood Hills Church of Christ in Nashville, are wonderful resources), please share it with the rest of us! Maybe you’d like to Facetime Live your family’s home worship to share with others.

What do I do if I need help with something? Do you need someone to pick up groceries for you? Run errands? Need toilet paper? Have you had your hours cut back and need assistance with rent or utilities? Please email Shelby at office@minterlane.org or any of the shepherds or staff members, and we’ll find a low-risk someone in your area to make that happen.

What do I do with my offering? Thanks for asking. Even though some of our operating expenses will drop while we’re not meeting, we want to take care of our staff members and be prepared to meet the needs of our neighbors during this crisis. If you’re interested in setting up online giving, now would be a great time. It is easiest if you can arrange autopay with your bank. You can arrange one-time or recurring payments through your bank’s billpay service. You can also always mail your gift to the office at 2502 Minter Lane, Abilene, TX 79603. If you have any questions about this, contact Morgan at finance@minterlane.org.

We’re so thankful we can rest secure in the center of this storm, knowing there’s no virus or pandemic that can separate us from God’s love or the love we have for each other. Know that your shepherds are praying for you daily. Please let us know if there are specific ways we can pray for you and support you.