Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear MAG Family & Friends,

Since this past Sunday, we have been praying about the need for any further response from MAG regarding the COVID-19 virus outbreak. There has been rapid change in the United States and in our local Marshfield and Webster County communities. The presence of this new virus has prompted our national, state, and local governing authorities to temporarily suspend public gatherings. As believers, it is important for us to maintain an active role, a godly presence, and cooperation, within the community God has placed us. This means there may be occasions which may inconvenience us as a church family but will be important for us as the body of Christ to set an example by our participation.

As of yesterday, both the Webster County Commission and the City of Marshfield have taken action which temporarily limits public gatherings. In cooperation with these decisions from our local elected officials, and based on recommendations from state and federal health departments, MAG will be suspending all scheduled services and events (including tonight’s Wednesday evening Connect Groups) and will be holding online Sunday services only (streaming on Facebook and later posted to YouTube, and emailed for those without Facebook) on March 22nd & 29th for both our 10:15am and 6:00pm worship services. Our hope and prayer is that this crisis will subside to the point that, by Sunday, April 5th, we will be able to resume our regular service schedule and rejoice together at MAG on Palm Sunday! I will also offer a midweek devotional via Facebook and email for our MAG Family.

Please know that our MAG office will continue to function during normal hours so do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you and we will continue to prayerfully monitor the daily data and information and keep you informed of any adjustments to our MAG ministries in a timely manner. IF YOU ARE A SENIOR ADULT, PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF ASSISTANCE. Our MAG staff and family are willing to make grocery runs, etc., for you if you are unable to venture out or have chosen not to. Our pastoral staff and church council will continue to minister to you during the days to come via some innovative and creative ways, so check your email and Facebook accounts frequently. You may continue to give online at this link:

Thank you being flexible and patient with us through these measures. This was a very difficult decision to make. Our goal is to demonstrate the love of Jesus to our city, cooperate with our community’s guidelines, and exercise wisdom and common sense. However, none of these measures is as important as our praying that we and our nation do not waste this time of sorrow. May the Holy Spirit prompt all of us to intercede for a turning to God in Marshfield, Webster County, Missouri, and our nation. Also, what an amazing opportunity for the church (you, me, MAG) to demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) in the midst of this fear-filled time. May we be His hands and feet extended to those around us and may the Lord use each one of us to model hope, faith, and encouragement, to our family and friends who undoubtedly will be more attuned to spiritual realities. Please be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and when He prompts you do not hesitate to call, text, or help one another; especially our senior adults within our MAG Family.

The words of the apostle Paul seem appropriate as a daily prayer: Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).

Please share this information with anyone in our MAG Family whom you know does not use Facebook and/or email.

Trusting Him!

Pastor Doug