The circumstances we find ourselves involved in during this COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyone’s lives individually and collectively. Epikos Church has not been immune to this disruption. We were energetic and excited about what God was doing to move us into our new building in the Sherman Park area to minister out of—and just like that—COVID-19 happened and everything seemed to come to a halt.
This is understandable considering how serious and dangerous this pandemic has been. However, I can also see how something like this can threaten to take the heart out of our plans and our desires. But fortunately, God still has us and we have nothing to fret or worry about because His plan will go forth for His people!
The Apostle Paul penned the words “I will be content with my circumstances” (Philippians 4:11) and he said those words while locked up in prison. These words have taught me a lot about patience and perseverance over the years. I have learned to face tough times and remind myself that God’s will is going to be done, no matter what.
God has blessed us with a new building at the corner of Sherman Blvd and Roosevelt Drive! In fact, the purchase was finalized on March 24. It’s officially ours! And, one day soon, when God allows, we will gather together at our new Sherman Park Campus! God is not done with us! He has only just begun to show us what He can do through a group of people, united around Him and willing to do work in His name.
We don’t know what tomorrow will bring with so many variables still out there, but we do know that God still has us and we can rest in that. We can serve Him where he has us now and be spiritually ready to get back at it when He opens a door in His season.
So, what does the immediate future hold for Epikos Church Sherman Park? We may have to enter the new Sherman Park campus earlier than we anticipated, or later than we anticipated. We may never meet again at Barack Obama High School. We may have to readjust our renovation plans. But, our service to God is not bound by any of those things because we are The Church. Jesus Himself said to His disciples that He didn’t even have a place to lay His head and if they were going to follow Him they would have to be prepared for some uncomfortable times (Matthew 8:20).
The church I pastored in Arkansas had service in a large church building, but it was old and falling apart and we were forced to leave that place for safety reasons. For three years we were forced to meet in a tiny building that was just a quarter of the size of our old facility. However, we understood that it was about God and His work and not about what we had lost, and so we persevered. Eventually, we moved into a brand new church building that we had built from the ground up and it was an exciting time.
Right now my focus is on what God has next and that keeps me rooted and grounded in His grace and in His plan. We will get through this! God’s work will be done in the Sherman Park area through Epikos Church to the glory of God!
Rest assured, we will keep you informed as new developments take shape. In the meantime let’s keep in contact with and check on each other. If you have any questions or concerns or just feel like checking on me, shoot me an email at .
Stay prayerful, stay safe, and stay connected!!