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May 23, 2020
Covid-19 Update - Pastor
Sarasota Seventh-day Adventist Church family and friends,
In response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Sarasota Church Leadership Team has decided to suspend Sabbath morning worship gatherings for the foreseeable future in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our church family and to do our part in the nation's efforts to stop the spread of this virus.
In light of the CDC Guidelines recommending postponement of all gatherings of 50 or more people--coupled with the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists directive to refrain from having in-person worship services--we are temporarily suspending our physical worship services from March 21st until May 31st.
Online alternatives to our in-person Sabbath morning worship services can be found at several online locations including the Hope Channel, which has the following scheduled programming Sabbath morning:
Hope Sabbath School-10 AM
Loma Linda University at Worship-11 AM
Breath of Life-12 PM
The Hope Channelcan be found at www.hopetv.org
In addition to the Hope Channel offerings, we will be having an online Sarasota SDA Church gathering starting at 11 AM, Sabbath March 21st. You can participate by simply visiting the Sarasota Seventh-day Adventist Church's Facebook page at that time.
We invite you to join us there this coming Sabbath morning at 11 AM, where you will be able to take part in a meanful spiritual experience, share your comments and insights, and help to maintain our sense of community during these challenging times.
For further information and updates go to our church website at www.sarasotasda.org.
On our website you will also find a tab that links to Adventist Giving, where you can return your Tithe and give your offerings to support our church online. If you aren't comfortable giving online, you can simply mail your check payable to the Sarasota Seventh-day Adventist Church at 5764 Churchill Downs Rd. , Sarasota, FL 34241
Your faithfulness at this time is most needed and will go a long way to help the church continue to be a blessing in our community and around the world.
Additional, if you need anything you can call me anytime on my mobile phone or reach Nancy Habib at the church at (941)924-6223. We will continue to have office hours on MWF, but on a reduced basis--namely from 11AM to 1 PM.
Finally, I would like to leave you with this thought from the Apostle Paul found in 2 Timothy 1:7 where he reminds us that "God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." Please believe that we have nothing to fear in the coming days except we forget how the Lord has lead us in the past. May the Lord bless you and keep you in perfect peace. I look forward to fellowshiping with you online this Sabbath at 11 AM.
Your Servant in Christ,
Pastor Paul Campoli
Covid-19 Update - Florida Conference
Dear Florida Conference family,
Jesus designed His church to be salt and light in a world of confusion and crisis. We are called to make a difference during the pandemic our world is experiencing today. We call on you to develop an attitude of prayer and surrender as we plead with the Lord to help us get through these challenging times.
Considering recommendations from official public health resources, after much prayer, and in an effort to keep our church family safe and healthy, we ask our churches to suspend all gatherings for the next two weeks. Florida Conference office has closed its doors to the public until the end of March. The majority of our staff will still be accessible through email and will be conducting work as far as possible. This decision is also consistent with the recommendations from the General Conference, North American Division, and Southern Union. Additionally, we are canceling both English and Spanish Camp Meetings, IMPACT Miami, and other significant Easter events around the conference.
We encourage you to connect with your local congregation through online programs where available. In an effort to provide a worship experience for all the members in our conference, a message of hope will be shared by Florida Conference President Allan Machado next Sabbath evening, March 21 at 6:30 pm, and by Executive Secretary Tim Goff the following Sabbath, March 28, at the same time, via floridaconference.com/livestream.
We hope you will join us in taking this opportunity to come together in prayer, reflecting the body of Christ. We here at the conference are praying for those who are suffering from the effects of this virus, as well as our worldwide mission, country, churches, families, and for you.
Today we reclaim the promises of God: Because we have made the Lord, the Most High, our dwelling place and our refuge, no evil shall be allowed, no plague shall come near, and the Lord shall command His angels concerning us to guard us in all our ways (Psalm 91).
May the Lord bless you always,
Florida Conference Administration