Important Update At NCFF
You are receiving this email tonight, along with the rest of our church family, to make you aware that a number of our staff members have contracted COVID. Specifically, I was diagnosed as COVID positive yesterday evening. Marti Darcangelo and Joe Ballard were diagnosed with COVID this morning. None of us are, at this moment, horribly ill, but we are definitely “out of commission” for the next ten days provided that our symptoms are gone for 24 hours prior to “re-entry.” I’m so sorry to have to share this with you. My fervent prayer is that no one else at NCFF is medically affected.
With the three us out, and in light of the central ministry duties each one of us leads, this makes things difficult for NCFF operationally. Additionally, Sarah Brooks-Dudgeon is due to give birth to her second child, any day now. In fact, today is her actual due date and it is also Paul’s birthday. 😊 So, very shortly, we are going to have 2 more full-time staff members out of the office for a period of time. Wow, this is really getting complicated and is quite unprecedented in NCFF’s history to have this many staff out all at the same time. However, God is faithful and the good folks of NCFF always come through.
Leadership does have a temporary measures plan. Here it is.
First, we’re limiting access to campus for all but essential staff & volunteers. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and utilize safety protocols of washing your hands, hand sanitation and social distancing. If you need to know if you would be allowed on campus to perform your ministry, please text Pastor Mike Hague at 503.338.9097 for clarification. Some of our folks are able to do their ministry from home or office, and we are encouraging them to do so if that is possible.
Second, this Sunday NCFF will gather to worship online, exclusively. There will be no live services on campus this weekend. The staff is already hard at work putting together a powerful worship service that you can be a part of wherever you find yourself. Our hopes and prayers are that this will be the only Sunday we need to do this. Of course, we’ll keep you posted.
Third, we ask that you continue to financially support NCFF during this time. All of our financial commitments continue without a break, and we are investing in the start of a new preschool called NCPre. The Bible teaches that all Christians need to be joyfully consistent, generous, and (when the need arises) sacrificial givers to their local church. Becky and I are 100% committed to doing this, and we have seen the Lord show us His incredible faithfulness as we have obeyed His directions. Please join with us.
Fourth, PLEASE PRAY FOR YOUR CHURCH. Looking at the four aspects of this temporary plan, this is the most important component. Also, it is the one part that is always permanent! Pray that Sarah’s & Paul’s baby will be born soon and without complications. Pray for the quick recovery of the members of your ministry staff who have COVID, along with anyone else in our church family who has this. Pray that no one else on staff will get this. Pray that God’s people will not allow this latest COVID distraction to hinder the Holy Spirit’s work in and through NCFF. This is a great time for our church family to band together and follow the clear direction of God’s Word:
Be diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
The ultimate goal of these steps is to allow us to keep anyone else from getting ill and to get back to safe operations as soon as possible. God knew that NCFF would have to go through this at this time. Somehow, this all figures into His plan to give NCFF greater community influence for the Gospel than we have ever had! This is why, in all honesty, your church really needs your help right now. Please step up and be there for Jesus and for one another. Be there so that together we can experience God’s Spirit leading us to do the Father’s will, Jesus’ way.
Beloved, I can’t wait till I get to see you again. Let me close with some of the Apostle John’s last words from 2 John 12 …
Though I have many other things to share with you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to be back to you soon and speak face to face,
so that our joy may be made full.
Luv ya lots …
Pastor John K. Nagle
I will pray for you all and the church. So much to pray for this week with world events. No surprise to God,we will trust in him!
Praying with all who love the Lord for all who are suffering at these times ...1 Chronicles 28:20 David ... said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you ....