Two Rivers Church Updates:
July 7th 2020
As we head into a new month, the Elder board wanted to update everyone on our plan for July. God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind. As such, we continue to monitor through information from our local authorities, the CDC, and our temporary meeting place, Cooper City Church of God.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise, our Elder board has made the decision to continue meeting every other Saturday for the month of July at Cooper City Church of God. We understand that this is not ideal for everyone, and we will continue to offer our services online for those that do not want to attend. We would like to encourage you to be intentional about continuing to connect to your church family via social media, YouTube and our website (www.2rcfla.com).
For those attending our services in person, we will continue to:
- Sanitize our meeting area before and after service
- Perform temperature checks before entering
- Provide masks to everyone who comes to church; these are required
- You may also purchase a Two Rivers Church logo mask (all proceeds go towards our bldg. fund)
- All volunteers and staff will be wearing masks
- Sanitizing stations are available throughout our meeting area for your convenience
We ask that you:
- Follow the usher’s guidance
- Every family try to spread out throughout the sanctuary during the service
- Do not hug/give handshakes to others at this time
- Do not linger after the service, follow usher’s instructions
- You may choose to fellowship in the parking lot if you so choose
We look forward to seeing everyone this Saturday 7/11 @ 5pm. God Bless you…
Your Elder board
June 8, 2020
Two Rivers Church Family,
We all have been living with the COVID 19 Pandemic since March, with work at home, closed businesses, furloughed jobs, layoffs, shortages of some types of products and a general shut down of everyday life as we know it. Earlier this year, Mr. Ahmaud Arbery, a 25 year old black man, was killed by armed citizens in South Georgia. Three white men have been arrested and charged with felony murder. On May 25th, Mr. George Floyd, a 46 year old black man was killed by a white police officer during his arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The four police officers involved in his death have been arrested and charged with either murder or manslaughter.
We grieve with the families of Mr. Arbery and Mr. Floyd for the disgusting, horrible and completely unacceptable actions which caused these deaths and we are grateful that the authorities in both Georgia and Minnesota are seeking legal justice through the criminal court system against those responsible for these crimes.
After Mr. Floyd’s death, we have seen many protests and marches calling for racial justice in many major cities in America and in Florida cities, including our own Cooper City. Many of the protests have been peaceful and prayerful protests, but unfortunately, many of the protests in the U.S. have also become violent - with fires, property destruction, looting and injury to protestors and the police.
In the midst of all of this, we understand that the crimes committed against Mr. Arbery and Mr. Floyd have also caused real and deep hurt and pain for all of humanity - including people of color in our community and in our church family who have experienced racial discrimination and/or harmful acts of racism. We grieve with our church family and the people of color in our community who have experienced the evil of racism and who suffer from this real pain and hurt.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream continues to speak to each of us in our time - “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
In Christ and His Church, “if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” I Cor. 12:26 Though some of us may not have first-hand experience to understand your suffering and pain, please do not reject our love and concern with you during this time.
I am hopeful that all of us would agree on the following:
1.Racism and Racial Discrimination are Evil and are Sin. Racism and racial discrimination are evil and are sins against God wherever they occur and we resist evil in all of its forms, including these sins. “Righteousness and Justice are the foundations of His Throne” and there is no place in the Kingdom of God or His Church for class, social, economic or racial distinctions. Psalm 89:14 and James 2. “Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” I John 3:15 We know that Jesus Himself is our peace and that “He broke down the barrier of the dividing wall” between Jew and Gentile to make one new man. Ephesian 2:14
2.We are in a Spiritual Battle which Influences Our Visible World. We know that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenlies.” Ephesians 6:12 Our visible world is influenced by the spiritual battles occurring all around us.
3.We are Commanded to Love One Another “As Jesus Loves Us”. Our leadership and our Church family seek to follow and obey our Lord and King Jesus Christ as He commanded us - “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, and that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35. We believe that God empowers us to do what He commands. We are committed to nurture and build a diverse, thriving, loving community of followers of Jesus Christ who “lay down their lives” for one another in love. We are committed to seek to understand one another’s suffering and pain and to love each other as we all receive healing from the Lord.
4.Lawlessness is Sin. Engaging in peaceful protest is within our civil rights as U.S. citizens and is expressly protected by our U.S. Constitution. We know that peaceful protests are not inherently wrong, but destructive behavior is wrong. We know that “sin is lawlessness” and looting, property damage and injury to individuals, including police officers, whether in connection with a protest or not, is wrong and unacceptable. As believers in Christ, we are called to honor and be subject to the governing authorities unless they prohibit us from obeying the Word of God. I John 3:4, Romans 13:1-7, Acts 4:19-20, I Peter 2:13-17.
5.God Will Accomplish Ultimate Racial Reconciliation – Centered Upon Jesus Christ – in Heaven. We know that there is no racism in Heaven and that “a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues” will be “standing before the throne and before the Lamb clothed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands . . .” Revelations 7:9. We know that the Lord will accomplish complete and full racial reconciliation when we stand before His throne. “When we see Him, we shall be like Him.” I John 3:2 Until that day, we pray, Your Kingdom come and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I ask you to join us in these four steps:
1.Let’s continue to pray. Pray for our Church family. Pray for our nation. Pray for real solutions to the challenges which we face, for practical justice to be experienced by everyone and for the Lord’s love to be revealed to hurting people. Pray that God would cause all things to work together for good. Pray that hearts will be open to the hope of the Good News of Jesus during this time.
2.Let’s come together as a family. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Eph. 4:32-5:2
3.Let’s continue to build our Church family without racism within us. As believers in Christ, we have all been adopted into His family as sons and daughters of the King.
4.Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to help us carry His message of reconciliation to others in our lives. “Justice” apart from a living relationship with Christ Jesus, the Just One, will not save the person crying out for justice.
We love you and we are praying for you.
Hey Church Family,
Blessings to each of you as we walk together through this temporary virus storm.
I am sending you a brief video message about the first of the seven miracles that John included in his Gospel. He said that Jesus did many, many miracles, but these seven signs or miracles were chosen by John, through the leading of the Holy Spirit, so that we would believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing, we may have life in His name. John 20:31.
The first miracle, or sign, in Chapter 2 of the Gospel of John is the Wedding of Cana, when Jesus turned gallons of ordinary water into gallons of the best wine. Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He is still willing and able to turn our ordinary lives, our ordinary marriages, our ordinary families into the best life, marriage and family that we could dream of having.
There is always enough of His wine – His joy, His life, His Holy Spirit – to fill what is empty in our lives and in the lives of our marriages and families. The miracle began when the mother of Jesus today Jesus, “They have no wine.” We are on the right path when we recognize and tell Jesus that we are empty – we need a refill of His life in us – that “we have no wine.”
Jesus responded by telling the servants to fill the empty stone waterpots with water (over 120 gallons of water!) and by His mighty power, the ordinary water was transformed into the best wine of the wedding celebration. John said that this wedding occurred on “the third day.” John reminds us that, on the third day, the day when Jesus rose from the dead, Easter Sunday – the ordinary is transformed into extraordinary by the person and power of the Risen Christ.
- Today, ask Jesus to fill any emptiness in your life and family with His life, His joy and His hope. Jesus promised that “everyone who asks receives.” (Matthew 7:8)
- Remember that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was not asking for herself but for others. She cared about the bride and groom and asked for the wine for THEM. Do you know anyone that is empty during this virus situation and in need of “new wine?” Ask the Lord to fill THEM with His life and love and presence.
- Remember to take time to pray and to read or listen to the Bible – the Word of God - everyday. His Word is life to us as we see and hear Jesus speaking to us. You can catch up with E-100 or you could spend time reading the seven miracles in the Gospel of John – asking the Lord to help you to see Jesus in a new way, so that your faith and trust in Him may continue to increase and grow stronger.
- Reach out to our Church office number or to one of the Elders if you need assistance or prayer. We love you and we are here for you.
- Join us online this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. so we can worship together as a Church Family.
For the King,
Two Rivers Church:Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information – March 14, 2020
Two Rivers Family,
Earlier today, Pastor Carlos Ramirez announced to our church family in a short video that we posted on Social Media, that, based on a number of reasons, including that the Governor of Florida has requested that Floridians work with each other and cease large gatherings for the current time for the health and safety of all of our citizens, the Elders have decided that our Sunday morning church service tomorrow, March 15, 2020, will be ONLINE ONLY.
This announcement means that we will NOT be meeting “in person” in the Cooper City High School Auditorium in the morning – Sunday, March 15, 2020.
We will be meeting ONLINE tomorrow. Join us as we gather together – online at www.2rcfla.com as we live stream our morning service beginning at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
We will be continuing our series – His Name is . . .
We will continue to focus on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is Faithful, He loves us and He is forever present with us.
Earlier today we also posted a short message from me about how we are in a war between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness.
We remembered Mark 4 – when Jesus was asleep in the boat with his disciples in the midst of a storm after He had said – “let us go over to the other side.” We are blessed to have this true story of how the early disciples were faced with an unexpected storm, how they feared for their life, how they questioned whether the Lord really cared for them, how they woke up Jesus and how He quickly silenced the storm with His voice – and then challenged his disciples to grow in their faith!
We have seen this movie! Let us learn from their story and grow strong and confident in our faith and trust in Jesus as we ride through this temporary storm. Jesus Himself is with us and His Spirit dwells IN US. And just like in that true story, there are people in need of His love on the other side of this lake – and on the other side of this temporary storm.
Let us be ready with the love of Jesus, trusting in the Lord who loves and cares for us, to ALSO love and care for those in need on the “other side of this temporary storm.” We love you and look forward to joining you together in the morning online as we worship our Lord and King together.
For the King,
P.S. We have free online resources that we will be telling you about in a separate email for you and your family. Lifeway Kids is offering free Christian materials for families and children. Just download the Lifeway Kids app and there will be many materials and activities you may do with your children. They will only be offering this for a limited time to help families during this time.
In addition, Rightnow Media has online resources for personal Bible study which we will share with our Church family. You may download the app on your phone, or access this through an Apple TV, Firestick TV, or Roku. Two Rivers Church want to offer this to you as a free gift for being a part of our 2RC Family. Simply Click on the icon below to sign up for this incredible resource. This is a time to stay connected to the Lord and what better way to have resources for you and your family.
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