Here it is, the first of a regular update on the church building, our church family and our community. There is much going on!
First, I want to share this scripture — this is God's Word and it is written to us!
“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood;
the LORD is enthroned as King forever.
The LORD gives strength to His people;
the LORD blesses His people with peace” (Psalm 29:10,11).
He is our King who rules over every storm. Don't miss the promise here: He gives strength and peace to His people in the middle of the flood/storm. Our heart as a congregation is to glorify Him in the middle of “our” storm and be His hands and feet to our community.
OUR BUILDING: Our church building and property have been badly damaged. The northwest corner of the sanctuary had the foundation washed away and the floor collapsed. The river was literally “running through the sanctuary!” We temporarily secured that corner with braces and we believe at this point that the building is repairable! However, this depends on where the river ends up. The Saint Vrain has re-routed itself and currently flows strongly only feet from the building. The Army Corp of Engineers decides whether the river gets moved back to its original location or remains on its new course. If it is not moved back then we will most likely have to rebuild. This is totally out of our hands, but we know it is in His hands!
OUR CHURCH FAMILY: We had two wonderful services this last Sunday — one in Lyons, the other in Longmont. (Thanks to Merle & Peggy and Phil & Michelle for opening up their homes for church!) Jeff Sill and I discovered we preached almost the same sermon, without ever talking to each other! I love how God works.
This Sunday we will all be together to worship for the first time since the flood hit! (YEAH!) We will all meet at the McKinney’s. Kim and I look forward to seeing you all!
As a church body, many of our members have been affected by the flood. Some have damaged homes and some have no homes left. Please know that no one will walk through this alone! We will walk through this storm together, and He will walk through this with all of us! We have been "Hit," so to speak; we have been wounded. However, the Body of Christ has stepped up to love and support us as we recover. We have partnered with other ministries to help us in the recovery process.
- LifeBridge Church has opened their arms to us
- Operation Blessing, also operating out of LifeBridge, has "work orders" for anyone who was affected by the flood to fill out. They are keeping a database specifically for us of those affected in our church and in the Lyons community. There are over 1600 volunteers ready to begin the recovery process. If your home has been affected in any way, make sure you get a work order filled out and you will have help! We will have a church office set up in Longmont by the end of this week. You will be able to get work orders there or you can go directly to LifeBridge to register and they will add you to The River/Lyons database.
- Reach Global has also reached out to us and really wrapped their arms around us. They are the Disaster Recovery ministry of the Evangelical Free Church. We will have more information soon on the teams they will have to work with us. We are blessed!
If you would like to volunteer, sign up with us or at LifeBridge and tell them that you are part of the River Recovery Team! They are going to make sure that they plug The River/Lyons people into the Lyons recovery effort. The volunteer teams will go in on Saturdays and begin the process of helping people put their lives back together. LifeBridge and Operation Blessing have already begun this in Longmont and other areas. We are hoping to get into Lyons soon!
OUR COMMUNITY: As I already said, our heart as a congregation is to glorify Him in the middle of “our” storm and be His hands and feet to our community. With the rest of the body of Christ coming to stand with us, we hope to represent Him well! At this time we need to begin collecting “the needs.” Anyone you know in Lyons who was affected by the flood (and that is a lot of people), please let them know that there is help. All we need is to get the work orders filled out and we will get teams in possibly as soon as this week to begin rebuilding and loving people!
Lastly, we have a community and a church to begin rebuilding. In the next couple of weeks this will all fade from the national news, but we will only be beginning. Please get the word out that we need help. 100% of the money given for disaster relief will go to disaster relief. we are in the process of setting up a way for people to give electronically on our website. Until then, please send donations to:
PO Box 6043
We are setting up a blog on our website to keep everyone informed on what we are doing and what the progress looks like in our community and for the church building as well.
We need to get the word out to as many as possible so if you would pass this along/forward it/share it with everyone you know that would be great!
Serving Him with you,