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Living in the Present

Are we missing the blessing of living in the present? Can we see God with us in the midst of what we are experiencing right now? God is not waiting for things to “get back to normal.” God has never waited until things have gotten back to normal. God continues to encourage us to live in the moment.

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From John Upton: An Invitation to Two Important Events This Week

The topic we are most frequently being asked is when and how to re-gather in worship as churches. There is much anxiety and difference of opinions concerning these questions. While honoring the decision of each church to address when it opens and how it will open, we hope to share resources that may help in addressing those questions. David has done research that will provide good insights on how to open safely and will share what he has learned from different churches as they have addressed these questions.

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Under His Wings: Psalm 91

Psalm 91 conveys the themes of God's protection and rescue from danger and is actually known in Jewish culture as the "song of plagues" because for "the one who recites it with faith in God will be helped by Him in time of danger.” Maybe that’s why this passage of scripture has meant so much to me throughout my son’s life and is now comforting as he graduates from high school with little or no pomp and circumstance.

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Crisis Care: Traumatic Stress

I work with the Disaster Response Crisis Care Team and it’s crazy to me to look out my home office window and see every house intact, no storm debris piled up by the road, no volunteers in yellow shirts cleaning and repairing storm damage, and yet to recognize that most of us are in some ways experiencing COVID-19 in many of the same (though perhaps more subtle) ways that survivors of hurricanes or tornadoes experience a natural disaster. I last wrote about how many of us are experiencing loss and grief. Many of us are also experiencing traumatic stress, which involves a sense that our physical and/or emotional well being are threatened. Traumatic stress can be triggered by a one-time event like a tornado or by long-lasting exposure to traumatic events: in this case, the ongoing threat of illness whenever you leave the house, the threat or reality of lost income, and the threat to emotional well being as routine is disrupted with no clear expectation for when we will move beyond this. The truth is, as a nation, our lives have all been impacted by this in many ways that we will be discovering in the coming months and years. So even if life is OK for you personally in this time, we all are collectively experiencing a traumatic event. 

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Keeping Hope Alive

And here we are mid-week after the celebration of the resurrection, and already I’ve heard the same statement repeated over and over again, “I can’t wait until we are over this social distancing, and we can get back to normal.” And while the intent behind this statement, for most, is an expression of being sick and tired of the current circumstances that surrounds and abounds, the sentiment is much deeper than that. “I can’t wait” expresses a hope that there has to be something better.

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Crisis Care: Dealing with Loss and Grief

Grief is a response to loss. Loss occurs whenever something emotionally significant is no longer in a person’s life. Grief is the mental or emotional pain that we experience because of loss. We tend to associate these with death or the big losses like layoffs or breakups, but people can experience a sense of loss over anything emotionally significant. During this time of intentional isolation, we are all feeling loss in one way or another.

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Essential: A Pastor Looks at 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

There is much discussion right now about the essential and non-essential parts of life. Right now, that discussion is overwhelmingly driven by the consideration of how to address the COVID-19 pandemic: how do we slow the spread of a novel contagion in an open and engaged society? We’ve struggled with deciding if retail establishments and entertainment venues are essential, determining how restaurants operate, and, in the face of a highly-communicable disease, if that haircut you want needs to wait. 

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Important Events for Pastors and Church Leaders

BGAV Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall Meeting This webinar occurred Monday, April 6, but you may click here to view the video!   Executive Order 55, Drive-In Church, and the CARES Act Webinar Friday, April 3 – 10:00 a.m. EDT This webinar occurred Friday, April 3, but you may click here to view the video!      

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COVID-19 Response

BGAV leaders are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the federal government related to our operations at home and abroad. Our primary goal is to protect the health and safety of our staff members and all who voluntarily support our organization. BGAV Disaster Response …

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