January 12, 2021

Review

 

The word the Lord is giving us as we begin this year is from Romans 8:37.

 

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.


 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. (NASB)

 

These “things” in spite of which we are overcomers are serious things. They include “tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword”. To be an overcomer does not mean to merely survive. We are expected to endure but we are called to overcome. It means to prevail, to subdue, to conquer and to be victorious.

 

This is the way the Holy Spirit wants us to think and live in 2021. You were not defeated just because of a political defeat. You are more than a conqueror. You are not a loser because someone rejected you. You are a conqueror and overwhelmingly so. You are not finished because of sickness, mighty conqueror. You may have suffered a painful loss but you are overcoming. This is the mind of Christ because He told us “these things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."

 

Plainfield Christ Fellowship, our neighbors may come against us and the town may oppose us but we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. We shall prevail in all these things. Stop whining. Start praising.

 

Prayer

 

It is a privilege to pray for one another. Are you bothered when someone asks you to pray for them personally? Nearly all believers I know consider it a blessing and privilege to be asked. You are not a bother; you are a blessing when you need and ask prayer.

 

Keep those who are suffering on your faith list. Pray for Harry and Betty, Craig, Sam and Linda, and Elizabeth Jackson (Jo LaRoche’s daughter). God will hear and answer as we keep asking. That is His Word.

 

Waiting Upon God

 

Pastors Thomas Young, Joe Nance and me are beginning a time of waiting upon God on Saturday evenings beginning this Saturday @ 6:30 p.m. These gatherings will be held on Zoom. You are invited and encouraged to participate as much as you feel led to do so. Waiting upon God involves sanctifying (setting apart) the time for which He has led. It means to come prepared and submitted without plans or agenda. It is a time of listening and responding. When we wait, we are in holy anticipation of that which He will do. It is a time of cleansing, growth, and edification. He desires to do more than we can think or imagine.

 

Pray for us as we step out in faith to do that which we believe the Lord is assigning us to do in these days.

 

 

Pastor Jerry

January 6, 2021

Good Afternoon, Church!

 

I am happy to announce that we will be gathering in person this Sunday (1/10) at the chapel. As we come back together, let’s adhere to the following guidelines until further notice:

  • Please join online if...
  • (1) You are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or have tested positive.
  • (2) You awaiting COVID test results.
  • (3) You have been in close contact (closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone whom has tested positive for COVID in the ten days prior to a gathering.
  • Please wear masks as you move about the chapel and social distance with your respective family units as much as is possible in our space. 
  • Special Note: For the time being, please give Pastors freedom to not engage in private prayer or counseling on Sunday mornings. Please feel free to reach out by phone during the week.

Thank you for abiding by these rules in this difficult time. If your own doctor’s guidelines are more strenuous than these, please abide by those.

 

As we move into another year in the life of Plainfield Christ Fellowship, please consider how you can function in our body. There are two areas of need I will bring to your attention. First, we need one more couple or two more individuals to help in the Kids Ministry. As you know, those who serve in this role go out during the message one time every 6 or 7 weeks. The second area is janitorial/sanitation. There is another business that operates in the chapel during the week and they rarely leave the chapel clean at the end of the week. This requires us to clean and sanitize the bathrooms, take out the trash, and vacuum the common areas. This is in addition to the general work of resetting and tidying up the chapel as well as wiping down door knobs etc. These tasks are obviously vital for us to meet in the chapel and we need to fill these roles very soon. If neither of these areas are a good fit, just let me know that you’d like to plug in somehow and I’ll talk to you about other areas of the PCF ministry where we need help!

 

Finally, I’ll leave you with the information to join House Church tonight on Zoom from 8 - 9.

 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87437986110?pwd=c3pHVnRpUzBRemlXVnZaNkZpNE11QT09

Or Dial 312-626-6799

Meeting ID: 874 3798 6110

Passcode: 909217

 

Thank you for your time and I can’t wait to be with you on Sunday!

 

Taylor

December 26, 2020

Good Evening, Church,


Tomorrow, we will be taking a virtual trip to Florida to join with the church at the Barn in Sarasota. We will have no in-person meeting. (Side note: we are hoping to be back in person next Sunday, 1/3/21). The congregation in Sarasota, pastored by Steve Coder, is a like-minded body of believers who you will love getting to know. There are important connections to be made in the Kingdom. We know it can be challenging to connect over Zoom, so thank you for your flexibility. Here is the information you will need:


12/27/2020 10:10 a.m. EST

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9413222027?pwd=SXFjbHA4dWsxWnc5NFNZSm82djhnUT09

Or Dial 929-205-6099

Meeting ID: 941 322 2027

Passcode: 887263


Thanks,


Taylor

December 11, 2020

Dear PCF Family,

 

There have been enough additional people who are experiencing sickness in our spiritual community that we believe it is best to gather online this Sunday instead of in person. Taylor will send out a link closer to the time.

 

I want to ask you to pray for my sister, Becki, who lives in Stuart, FL. She was taken to the hospital late last night. They are doing tests today to determine the cause of her severe symptoms. The COVID virus makes all medical issues more complicated. Thank you for praying.

 

Pastor Joe Nance made a statement recently that I believe is relevant. He said, “social distancing does not have to result in spiritual distancing”. May it be so.

 

See you online until we can meet in person.

 

Blessings.

 

Jerry

December 5, 2020

PCF Family,

 

We will resume gathering in person tomorrow at the Chapel. Thank you for coming with both faith and caution. Please join us online if you have been exposed to someone with COVID.

 

Pray for one another. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and for His anointing upon all that we do and for the preaching of His Word. He is able to do exceedingly more than we can think or imagine.


See you in the morning!

 

Pastor Jerry

November 24, 2020 – Happy Thanksgiving!

Online Sunday!

Out of an abundance of caution, we believe it is best to gather online this Sunday, November 29. We do not know of anyone in the PCF family who has tested positive in recent weeks but we also know that many will be with loved ones this week who are beyond your typical contacts. Please be careful as you enjoy spending time with family and friends. The online gathering will begin at 10 a.m. Taylor will being sending out a link later in the week.


House Church

We will gather for House Church this Wednesday evening @ 8. Please reserve the time as we will be concluding our week of prayer and proclamation. I will be taking communion during House Church and invite each of you to be prepared to join me. 


Special Zoom Waiting

You are invited to join Pastors Thomas, Joe, and me this Saturday (November 28) at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom for a time of waiting. We will join with the congregation at Travelers Rest along with many others who were looking forward to the time in Newnan. You will be receiving a link for this as well.


Men's Ministry

The men of PCF are invited to a two/three hour work session on the property, Saturday, December 19 unless the weather prohibits. We will be attempting to burn the brush piles and do some other general clean up. Because of the fire and equipment that will be part of the project, we ask that no children be present. Work begins at 10 a.m. 


Special Challenge

Don’t let the fire go out! Fire is very much a Kingdom image and reality. Fire requires maintenance. Fire must be attended. It requires close contact with others who are burning. The fire will go out if the embers are scattered. 


We must have the momentum that comes with gathering our hearts together in faithfulness. Do not give into the trend that is occurring throughout the nation. Churches everywhere have seen a marked decrease since the COVID virus appeared. I have seen throughout my 40 years of ministry that the more people miss church the easier it becomes. Remain close. Help one another burn with the power of His Spirit.


We must care deeply about maintaining the fire among us. Your presence helps bring the fire. When you are not there . . .   


Even when we cannot meet in person we can remain connected through prayer and personal contact. Someone needs the warmth of your touch in the Spirit.


Thank you for being part of the prayer strategy that God is using to bring a miraculous victory with our property. Let’s finish strong.


Shalom!


Jerry

November 21, 2020

Dear PCF Family,


We look forward to gathering tomorrow to wait, worship, and hear the Word of the Lord. Because of increased COVID incidents we are asking that everyone wear a mask when entering, exiting and circulating in the chapel. Refrain from shaking hands and coming within close contact. Thank you for using caution and wisdom so we can continue to meet in person.


After much deliberation and prayer today, we have decided to delay the Waiting upon God in Newnan. Several individuals in TR have tested positive and nearly the entire congregation has been exposed in the past week. No one from there would be attending including Pastor Thomas and Barbara. We feel it is best to wait until a later date to proceed. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Thank you for engaging in the prayer strategy that we initiated at House Church. Several have reported sacred and powerful experiences while taking communion and proclaiming the power that is in the cross, death, and resurrection of Christ. Read 1st Corinthians 11:26 and Colossians 2:15 as you pray and take communion. God is going to move and defeat the strategies of Satan against us as we believe and proclaim.  We will continue this prayer emphasis until Wednesday night of this week. We will conclude it on House church. 


See you tomorrow.


Pastor Jerry