We are 24 hours out from our first Sunday service where we will meet together completely ONLINE! This is certainly new territory for us and I want to thank Jon Heazlewood and the tech team for working so hard to make this a possibility. There have been a few questions about how the upcoming services will work, so I have outlined some answers for you below:
HOW CAN I VIEW THE LIVE STREAM?
If you live in Peninsula Palms, the in-house TV feed will continue to operate as per usual. If you are wanting to view the LIVESTREAM, head to www.mueller.church and follow the link from the homepage. Alternatively, follow “Mueller Community Church” on Facebook and you will be notified once the stream goes live each Sunday morning at 9:30am.
Please interact with the livestream via the comments if you wish. These will be seen by the worship and pastoral team and will be an encouragement to them.
CAN WE COME TOGETHER AS A GROUP TO WATCH THE STREAM?
We realise that some people would like to come together with others to watch the service via the livestream. If you are wishing to do this, please ensure you are following the ‘social distancing’ and personal hygiene practices encouraged by the government.
Please seriously consider the age demographic of the group coming together, as this should also be a factor in whether or not you should gather.
If you are unwell, please do not attend any group or social gatherings.
WILL THERE BE COMMUNION?
There will a time of communion allocated during the livestream service. It would be great if you can prepare and have something to use as communion in your house. We understand that this may not be possible for everyone, and that is ok.
WHAT ABOUT THE OFFERING?
We understand that the economy is going to take a significant hit and everyone will find themselves in differing financial positions. As a church and as individuals, we will continue to trust that God is our provider and the evidence of that faith is consistent giving in uncertain times. Please continue your weekly giving or perhaps consider starting a regular pattern of giving. 22.5% of our weekly offering is directly allocated to our Mission Board and it is important to sustain that mission support as we journey through the next few months.
There are two ways to complete your giving while we can’t gather together:
Mueller Community Church
BSB: 034 059
ACC: 193 543
Reference: MCC Offering
Please continue to look out for each other. Trying to do life, church and community during this pandemic is a new challenge and as a church we want to support and encourage you however we can. We will be working on other ideas and initiatives over the coming weeks so we can continue to grow in our faith, service and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Following the current authorities advice, below is MCC’s current decisions in regards to COVID19 outbreak. We are strongly encouraging ‘social distancing‘ across all our ministries and has therefore resulted in a number of our weekly programs being postponed.
SUNDAY SERVICE GOING ONLINE
Due to the current advice around social distancing and indoor group restrictions, we will not be coming together for any of our Sunday Services. This includes the 8:30, 9:30 and 5:00pm gatherings. This will continue for the foreseeable future. We will be making our 9:30am Worship Service available ONLINE through our FACEBOOK LIVE STREAM. Please join together as a family or small group (common sense around good hygiene and health applies) as the service will still include a time of worship, teaching and communion.
This Sunday, we are interrupting our current series and will be looking at an “Eternal Perspective to a Temporal Pandemic“. At a time such as this, there is a significant amount of fear in our society but we continue to worship a God who is sovereign and in control of the situation. We can continue to put our hope and trust in our Heavenly Father. We also believe this will be a time for the Church to be a beacon of light into our communities.
JOIN US ONLINE FOR CHURCH – 9:30am Sunday Mornings
Click here for the live stream – https://www.mueller.church/live/
As a Church, we recognise that the elderly amongst us are at a higher risk and could be facing significant amount of time in isolation. In light of that, we are putting together some care packages for Peninsula Palms residents and others associated with MCC. If you have any extra supply of the below items, would you consider donating some items for these packages. The items can be dropped off at the Mueller Kids check-in desk on level 3 of MPAC:
MUCH PRAYER = MUCH POWER
Please continue to be in prayer for the unfolding situation. Please be praying for one another and lets continue to pray for the following:
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust”.
As a Church, we are continuing to monitor the situation and will comply with the latest government health advice as the current Coronavirus situation continues to evolve. It is possible with the continued spread of the Coronavirus, the government may enact short-term shut down of businesses, institutions and gatherings. This has occured in other countries and is a future possibility. We continue to put our trust and confidence in our great God and am praying that many people will recognise their need of a Saviour during this time.
Below is some further decisions that we have made around our response as Church to the current Coronavirus situation:
MUCH PRAYER = MUCH POWER
We recognise the need for prayer at such a time as this. We have therefore decided to meet together for weekly prayer on MONDAY NIGHTS on level 6, 7-8pm. This will commence this evening (16th March). We will also endeavour to email out prayer points through out the week so we can be collectively praying for each other, our community and that there will be a great movement of the Holy Spirit in our nation.
YOUR HEALTH COULD AFFECTS OTHERS
In line with current information regarding social distancing, we are encouraging everyone to think of others and not attend any groups, gatherings, events:
We are seeking to minimise person to person contact which means rather than a friendly handshake we are suggesting a warm smile or wave to make others feel welcome.
To help our community be in the best possible position to beat this virus, we are suspending some of our weekly programs. This includes Mainly Music, Playtime and Youth Group. Our regular Bible studies and Home Groups will continue at this stage but we encourage implementation of good hygiene and common sense practices to reduce risk to those most vulnerable.
SUNDAY SERVICES ONLINE
At this stage, we will still be meeting in the auditorium on Sundays, but recognise that there may come a time that smaller gatherings are not permitted. From now on, we will be LIVE STREAMING our 9:30am service each Sunday morning. We would encourage your family or small group to connect with us online if we can’t come together. You can follow the link from our website or follow our Facebook page for weekly updates.
Website – www.mueller.church/live
Please be in prayer for our government and medical leaders as they make significant decisions at this time. Please be in prayer for Paul, Sharon, Shelly and Rachel as they lead our broader ministries on site here and navigate the changing landscape on a daily basis.
You would all be aware of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential threat. Please be aware of the following resources from the Department of Health and information videos from the World Health Organisation.
Dept of Health Resources – https://bit.ly/2wShvwi
Dept of Health Alerts (updated daily) – https://bit.ly/3d55694
World Health Organisation Videos
Everyone should practice good hygiene to protect against infections. Good hygiene includes:
At this point in time, we will continue to hold our Sunday services. We are aware of the Governments announcement around public gatherings this afternoon (Friday 13th March) and we would encourage people who are unwell to consider your attendance in public places and should seek medical attention as needed.
We are also aware of the discussion around the delivery of communion during our Sunday services. We have made adjustments and will be using ‘single use’ cups that will be collected separately by the stewards and will provide pre-cut bread. If you don’t feel comfortable taking communion, please pass it by.
Please continue to pray for the situation. We recognise that our God is sovereign and in control of all things and that even in the midst of this pandemic, we will continue to pray that many people will come to know Christ.