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A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR MONTE:
Hey NOLA Fam,
First, I’m praying that all of you are safe, and for protection over everyone in your family. Jesus Is still our Protector and our Healer, and we’re trusting Him to carry all of us through this time of crisis.
2020 has proven to be a challenge for all of us, but I do want to thank everyone in the NOLA Fam for leaning in as we’ve been joining us online, in-person, and for everyone who is actively serving with us to shine the Light and Love of Jesus to the New Orleans community and around the world. It seems like every week we hear something new that presents an additional challenge for us, and because of this we have to stay flexible and ready to respond to what’s happening in our world. But the amazing thing is, Jesus keeps connecting new people with us every week here in New Orleans, and around the world!
Here’s our plan for Q1 of 2021. For the next few months we’re only going to be hosting one in-person Worship Experience each week at 11a. This is to minimize the number of people in our Family who serve each Sunday—as much as possible—while maintaining an excellent Experience for everyone who attends. To help keep everyone safe, we’re providing sanitizing stations in our Lobby, and we’re also providing face masks for anyone who would like to wear one. These are disposable, so feel free to grab a new one each week. We’re also providing wristbands to serve as additional indicators for the amount of social distancing you’d personally prefer. This gently lets people to keep their distance, or to give you an elbow bump rather than a good ol’ southern hug. While all this is in place, we are asking that no one wear gloves, as these can actually help spread the virus. We’re also fully sanitizing our entire facility each week in accordances to the guidelines set by the CDC and our local government. In addition to all this, we’re also complying with Governor Edwards mandate to provide social distanced seating in our Theater.
But, all our precautions mean nothing if you’re already sick. So, we’re asking anyone who’s been sick, or in contact with anyone who is sick, to stay home and join our Online Campus on Facebook. We go LIVE at 11a and 6p CST, with archives posted every week on our website and our YouTube channel.
We’ll also be launching our 2021 small groups in February! In the meantime, you can get connected to the MAN Page, HER Page, or on the NOLA Fam Page by texting CONNECT to 504-608-5266. If you have a prayer request, you can post it in NOLA Fam, or by texting PRAYER to the same number. We’re in this together, and Jesus will never be defeated!
Olga and I are praying for you, and we love each any every one of you. Thank you for being on this journey with us.
~ Pastor Monte
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to GOD. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.
— Psalm 91:9–10