Get ready for grays, because according to Wal-Mart CEO Doug McMillan the next thing that the shelves are going to run out of is hair color.  With no one to cut and color their hair, people the world over are doing it themselves leading to a massive surge in sales of hair cutting scissors, trimmers, and hair color.  Additionally, a growing interest in Victory Gardens has made it nearly impossible to buy seeds online – I know this because every supplier I checked was completely sold out of pretty much everything.  Every time we turn around, another thing becomes more and more difficult to get.

When was the last time that you saw more than one or two packages of toilet paper on the shelves?  I’ve been looking for rubbing alcohol since the beginning of March to no avail.  What about Clorox and Lysol?  On top of that, there’s the announcements that major meat processing plants have had to close their doors, possibly disrupting the supply chain of pork and chicken. 

As Americans, all of us have grown up in a culture where the availability of items was never an issue.  With 24-hour superstores and Amazon we’ve come to expect that we could get pretty much anything we wanted at any time, day or night.  Scarcity isn’t something that we are familiar with and, as such, has led to panic buying, brawls over paper goods, and hoarding.  Scarcity in America makes us feel vulnerable, untethered, and afraid.

It’s been said before in a number of different contexts, this is a time that we need to lean heavily on the promises of God.  In Philippians 4:6, Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” And then in Philippians 4:19 (just 13 verses later), he gives the liberating promise of future grace: “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

God will supply our needs.  We have been given that promise.  In Matthew 6:31-33, we are promised that as long as we keep our eyes on God, as long as we first seek  His kingdom and righteousness ahead of anything, he will make sure that all of our needs will be supplied.  That as long as we put the cares of the world behind us and God’s way before us, we have nothing to fear.

I realize that some of you are dealing with much greater things than whether you’ll be able to cover your grays.  You’ve lost jobs or have been furloughed and you’re not sure how you are going to get enough money together to pay your rent or buy enough food to put on the table.  This is where God’s people and His Church come into play.  If you have a need, be it financial, emotional, or physical please do not hesitate to contact me through the church email (adminassistant@vineyardmarysville.org) or by finding Conrad’s, Vicki’s or my phone number in the church directory.  Our mission has always been to be a church that cares for its people; we seek to fulfill that mission, especially in this time of uncertainty.  Let us know your need, and we will do whatever we can to help alleviate it.

I urge you to keep your eyes on the cross.  Continue to walk the walk, even if the path does not seem as clear, even in the times when God seems further away.  Stay steady in your walk, continue to pray, and be sure to reach out to family and friends.  Hold strong to the fact that during this unpredictable time God will supply. And finally, remember to praise him daily for the care and love that He has already given you and will give you in the future.

Until I see you again,

Erin Wallace

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Email Pastor Conrad:

If you haven’t already, could you give me all the names of Vineyard people whom you’ve been contacting (i.e. touching base at least 2 times since our church has gone online)? I want to make sure our people are being cared for. Also, let us know if you need one of our pastors or leaders to contact you during this season. Email Conrad at conradesh@vineyardmarysville.org.

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Join Deral & Leslee Carson tonight:

Join Deral and Leslee for a 5-week series called Vertical Marriage, beginning tonight, Friday, April 17th. Everyone married or getting married is invited. The event is FREE and we highly recommend it to you. You may purchase workbooks through FamilyLife for $14.99, but they are not required.

Here’s what to do:

1. Go to: www.familylife.com/register and sign up for the course. Once registration is complete, you can select Vertical Marriage.

2. You will see a link in the text on the page to order the workbooks if you desire.

3. Watch Session 1 NOW.

4. Let Leslee know you are in by texting 614-562-0852 or email her leslee.carson15@gmail.com

5. Tune in on Friday with Deral and Leslee at the GoToMeeting location below:

How to participate tonight (Vertical Marriage, Session 1):

Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

https://www.gotomeet.me/DeralCarson/vertical-marriage-session-1-discussion

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212

Access Code: 886-191-517

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:

https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/886191517

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Tentative Upcoming Events:

Men’s & Women’s Retreats – POSTPONED: As you probably have guessed, both the women’s one day retreat and the men’s weekend retreat at Kirkmont Center have been postponed. Let’s keep praying for each other during this time, and reaching out to each other as God leads!

Beauty & the Beast Dinner – POSTPONED:  The Beauty and the Beast Dinner has also been postponed. These things will happen in the future, rest assured! Can’t wait!