Friday, March 20
Fellow Church Members,
We are so excited to announce a first for Clear Springs: Drive-In Church! This is going to be an epic day that will be memorialized for years to come. We will look back one day and say, "remember that time we had church in our cars because of COVID-19 in 2020?"
These days have required the staff and I to get creative. Though “Drive-In Church” didn’t originate with us, it will be the first time that we have ever done it. As you are well aware, President Trump and the government strongly advise us not to meet in groups of more than 10. The State of Tennessee has not issued any kind of mandate that we not meet, but we still want to be positive examples of Christianity by adhering to the advice of our civil government.
Here is the hard part! We love you guys, and the most difficult thing of this whole process is for the shepherd to not get to see the sheep. Our staff literally lives to love and lead each of you. Our thoughts were this: Drive-In Church gives us the opportunity to be together in a different and unique circumstance, while still keeping groups of less than 10 in a confined space. Hence, Drive-In Church!
This will be exactly what it is, church! We are asking for all of you, unless you are quarantining due to compromised health issues (or age), to come and be a part of this historical day. We, based on what we are hearing, will have tons of visitors and we certainly want to use this opportunity to make a lasting impression. Things will go back to normal and when they do, they might just come back and be with us.
This will obviously take as many hands-on deck as we can possibly get. Many of our teams have already went to work preparing for Sunday. We want this to be done right and we want it to be done well. It will look like a regular service, with a few minor modifications, and obviously with our audience in their cars. We will sing and worship, we will have a chance to give our tithes and offerings, God’s Word will be preached, and an invitation given! Who knows what God might do?
Many have reached out and asked how you can possibly help. So, here you go with our greatest needs listed first:
1. Set Up/Take Down Crew
We will need a team of individuals that will help us set up the stage, which is actually very easy and doesn't even require tools. It will need to be leveled and stable. We will also need 2-4 tables brought up from the downstairs basement, as we are planning on making a lasting impression, by greeting people with cups of coffee as they drive in. After the event is over, we will need committed people to help us take everything down and stow it away. Your commitment would be to show up at the church Sunday morning around 8:00am - 8:30am, and be willing to stay 30 minutes to an hour after the event is over.
If you would like to help, just show up or let Pastor Rob (865.898.3020) or myself know (865.389.0332).
2. Security/Parking Attendants
I know we rotate security, but this week we will need all of you. Your duties will be to help us strategically park all vehicles as they arrive to ensure that every car has the best view possible. This is also important for acoustics. You will have the most important job of the day and communication will be key. I know you all will do a great job.
If you want more information or would like to help in this area, please contact Bud Blake (865.360.1926).
3. Hospitality/Greeter Teams
We would love to have team members at the top of the hill on each entrance to greet by waving and smiling. We plan on having coffee if they’d like it. We would want no more than 10 per side (entrance) and would be in contact with some cars that enter, if they wanted a cup of coffee. These individuals will play a huge roll in the impression that we create on those who may visit us. You all always outdo yourselves, and this Sunday will be no different.
If you are willing and want to help with this, please contact Connie Armstrong (865.219.9981).
Many have called to ask if they will be able to give their tithes at Drive-In Sunday, so we will accommodate that. We will need available and able ushers to be ready to receive simply by walking by cars and allowing folks to put their offering in a 5-gallon bucket. This will allow every person to remain in their car for the duration of the service.
If you have questions, please address them to Mike Lakin (865.679.1263). He will have the buckets there and ready.
5. Audio and Video
Our audio and video team have their details and most everything has been covered on this end. Our aim is to Livestream the service and will require our camera operators and technicians to be in their place. Kevin Roach will set up his mobile PA system and run sound.
If you have ideas or suggestions in any of these areas, please address them to Kevin Roach (865.456.1580), Richard Tilley (865.368.8841), Jeremy Kidwell (865.809.8414), and/or Bobbie Wyatt (865.705.5864).
I apologize for the long email, but I wanted to be detailed in our needs and ensure that they are all met so that we can make this as smooth and efficient as possible. With the exception of those working, you shouldn’t even have to exit your vehicle. If you want to volunteer to help in any capacity, be there no later than 8:30 and we will plug you in!
Our deepest prayer is that this event would not just be something to remember, but literally changes the lives of those who gather. My last request is that every member of Clear Springs set aside a special time to saturate this event with prayer. Ask God for favor and that all will run smoothly. I know He can use it and will if our intentions are pure and right.
We love you all and can’t wait to see you (even if it’s through a windshield)!
In His service,
Wednesday, March 18
Hello Fellow Laborer,
As I am currently writing this email to you, our world is still in chaos. Truthfully, we have never seen it like this before. My philosophy throughout this entire process has been to be cautious, but not chaotic. Our God is in control! We know this and are fully persuaded that this too shall come to pass. Until it does, we have some ideas and suggestions as to how you can help us at Clear Springs.
The staff and I are evaluating the situation daily. Though we are not making any long?term calls, we are, however, embracing for a few weeks modified schedules. These modified schedules will vary from week to week. We are having to play the game of doing what’s best for our church and honoring what is asked of us from the U.S. and local government.
With that in mind, listed are some things we would kindly ask of you to do that will yield great results for our church family.
As I already know you will, please be on guard and ready to respond at a moment’s notice. My intentions are to keep our offices open as regular as possible to ensure that the needs of our congregation are met in a timely manner. These days are going to require us to communicate effectively and regularly. It is our goal and joy to serve our community and church in the best possible way we can.
Please help us by regularly checking on our shut-ins and widows. They are obviously the most at risk and will be limited to their mobility and access during this time. We want to make certain that they are cared for and taken care of. These times will call for all of you to be on-call and to regularly make calls through our listed shut-ins and widows. Even if they are receiving multiple calls a day, it’s ok, as the needs are going to be ever changing. If you need an updated list, please advise our office as they will still be working. Should we have a widow or shut-in with a need you may not be able to meet, please inform the office, and a staff member will do our best to address it as quickly as possible.
3. Sunday School Teachers/Leaders
One specific thing I am asking of each of you. Please stay in contact with your class. We truthfully have no way of knowing how many weeks we may have to go without meeting. One of the ways to keep your group intact and connected is to communicate. Soon, each of you will receive an email with your current class roster and contact information. Should we not get to meet this weekend or any following weekends, we ask you to make a commitment to calling your class members during the Sunday School hours (9:00am - 10:15am) on each Sunday that we unable to meet. This one simple task will be a game changer for you, your class, and our church. This will be a great time to check on them, take prayer requests, and encourage one another. It also keeps us connected!
4. Ministry Leaders
Be wise! Please take the time to look at your schedule and evaluate any and all upcoming events. Please use judgment and feel free to contact our leadership team for any questions or concerns. Use this time to bathe your ministry in prayer, and our hope is that our ministries will be just as strong when everything goes back to normal. Also, please notify our office (865.688.7674) and Bobbie Wyatt (ClearSprings.Bobbie@gmail.com) so that we can push information and changes out to our church family.
5. Choir and Orchestra
As services change so will your duties. Pastor Rob will be in communication with you as far as our needs go. Our standard protocol will be that if we are meeting in a formal church service, everything will go as planned. If services are moved to a live?stream experience only, Pastor Rob will inform you of our needs. Thanks for all you do and your commitment during this time!
Church family, we will navigate through this. Please be patient with us as we are navigating areas that we have never been before. You have our word that our leadership team is praying and trying to be as obedient to God as we possibly can, while keeping you safe. Our leadership and staff are here to both serve and help you in any way that we can. In addition, there are two ways that you can be a help to us and our church. One, is to obviously be in continual prayer. The second is a little less obvious and a little harder to express. As you are well aware, our schedule will face various changes, but our financial responsibilities will not. Our bills and payments will continue to come in and will be expected to be paid. We know that this is no obstacle to the Lord, but it will require all of us doing our due diligence to be faithful in our patterns of giving. We are exploring other ways for you to give if we are not meeting in person. Our staff and leaders would be ready and available to pick up or do anything that would help in any way possible. It’s so important that we all continue to uphold our financial obligation to the Lord, so that the work of the ministry continues to go on.
Let me leave you with this. In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat admitted that he had encountered a circumstance like he had never been through before. His call to the people he was leading was this: they "gathered themselves together, to ask help of the Lord.” Then he makes a clear declaration: "neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.” Though the days and times are uncertain, this one thing we are certain of, God is in control and our eyes are fixed on Him!
We love you and your family,