Coronavirus Updates

We are closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will be posting updates here.

july 2, 12:00 pm
 

LifePointe Church Family,

 

Because 2020 is a year of continual change, I want to make sure to continue to communicate clearly and consistently to keep us unified and focused on the mission. 

 

As the global pandemic has and will continue to progress, I want to remind us to be vigilant in our response. 

 

  1. Let’s continue to pray for Story County. It has been amazing to watch the metric of hospitalizations in Story County stay miraculously low for four months now. As of today, there are only four hospitalizations, even as positive cases have increased (see https://coronavirus.iowa.gov). We feel a strong responsibility to “stand in the gap” for our region and pray for divine protection for Ames and Story County. 
     

  2. Stay home if you are sick. This is not a time you need to prove your toughness. If you are feeling any symptoms or not feeling well, the best thing to do is to stay home. This will make a great impact on reducing potential spread. 
     

  3. Continue to wash your hands and sanitize.  We have all known the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of disease, but this global pandemic has been a stark reminder of that practical safety habit. Let’s continue to do these easy acts of keeping oneself safe. 
     

  4. Be mindful of peoples’ personal space. One of our values is that “we are family.” We function as a family and treat each other as family. And in these days when we gather on the weekend for worship, being family means we act with extra care to respect peoples’ space. 

 

As a leadership team, we are monitoring the local pulse on the coronavirus on a daily basis (not from news headlines but from the state government resource linked above). As the situation continues to change we will give updates on our website livethemessage.org/coronavirus

 

Please never hesitate to reach out if you are in need of anything in these unique days. You can use the form on our website livethemessage.org/coronavirus or text the church at 515-232-7111. 

 

In Christ, 

 

Drew Meyer

Lead Pastor 



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may 28, 3:30 pm
 

As we all continue to navigate this season, we want you to have all the information you need about how LifePointe Church is handling in-person gatherings on Sunday mornings.
 

  • We are offering two services at 9AM and 10:45AM. This will help reduce crowd size. 
     

  • For adults, we are seeking to provide a “touch-less service.” We are making it possible for you to park your car in our parking lot, enter the building, have meaningful connection, find a seat, worship and participate, and exit the property without touching anyone or anything. We are removing all common surfaces (door handles, giving buckets, bulletins, etc.) and providing touch-less sanitation stations.
     

  • Because of the differing comfort levels right now, we are advising everyone to refrain from shaking hands and hugging each other. Seeing each other is still such a treat!
     

  • Kids' Pointe is meeting during the 10:45AM service only this week. Touch-less check-in is available and extra sanitation measures are taking place.
     

  • We continue to promote our online services. Our service will be streamed LIVE online at 9 AM and is available any time after that. Find our service on Facebook or YouTube.
     

  • We encourage any person who considers themselves at high risk to COVID-19 complications to stay home and worship with us online. We know it’s not the same, but we want everyone to be wise and to take care of themselves in these days.


We love you, and we're eager to connect with you in some way. If you would like to reach out, please email us at lpchurchus@gmail.com or call the church office at (515) 232-7111. 

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may 12, 8:00 AM
 

LifePointe Church family,

 

Last week we announced the reopening of our in-person gatherings for the weekend of May 17th. We are encouraged by the opportunity to move forward in this way.

Please know that our leadership team is praying constantly regarding these decisions and do not take them lightly. We understand that there are differing perspectives and we will continue to strongly encourage everyone to walk in humility and grace in the days and weeks to come.

That being said here are more specifics on how we envision the re-opening of Lifepointe Church for in-person gatherings starting May 17th:
 

  • We will continue to promote our online services in the weeks to come. These will not be demoted in any way. We value the opportunity to provide online services in these unique days. Our service will be streamed LIVE online at 9 AM and available any time after that.
     

  • We encourage any person who considers themselves at high risk to COVID-19 complications to stay home and worship with us online. We know that is not the same, but we want everyone to be wise and to take care of themselves in these days.
     

  • We will continue to offer two services at 9 AM and 10:45 AM. This will help reduce crowd size and capacity issues.
     

  • We are seeking to provide a “touch-less service” for adults. We are making it possible to park your car in our parking lot, enter the building, have meaningful connection, find a seat, worship and participate, and exit the property without touching anyone or anything. We are removing all common surfaces (door handles, giving buckets, providing touch-less sanitation stations, etc.).
     

  • We encourage everyone to be mindful of the fact that everyone will have vastly different comfort levels over the next weeks and months. Each of us demonstrating extra grace and humility in how we interact with each other will go a long way for our church community.
     

  • We are offering Kids’ Pointe ministry ONLY AT 10:45 AM. This will provide more control over our Kids’ Pointe spaces. All of our check-in procedures will also be touch-less. We will announce the reopening of Kids’ Pointe for both services in the weeks to come.
     

  • We are strongly encouraging families to take responsibility for the health of our entire church family by monitoring the health of their children prior to check-in. If your child is sick or has been sick in the last 48 hours, we ask you to keep them home. 


Thank you for your faith and love in these days. I have remained encouraged by the courageous and prayerful response of our church family in this season - just another reason I love pastoring this church and believe we are preparing for a move of God this city has never seen.

 

In Christ,

Drew

Drew Meyer | Lead Pastor

may 5, 1:00 PM
 

LifePointe Church family,

 

Thank you for continuing to trust God through this season. As I talk with so many of you, I am encouraged by your response in the midst of this difficult time. 

 

I want to continue to give regular updates as we navigate this crisis. As our city, state, and nation begin reopening, we have been prayerfully deciding what reopening looks like for us as a church family. We value safety AND we value in-person connection. As we move forward we will maintain both of these priorities. 

 

The governor's office has provided churches with suggestions on reopening. We believe this input is helpful and empowering for local communities to make the decisions right for them. Likewise, we would like to empower our people to make decisions that are appropriate for them. For those who are high risk, we encourage you to continue joining us for service online on Facebook or YouTube.

 

With the increased testing and small number of cases in Story County, we are planning to reopen for in-person gatherings on Sunday, May 17th. On May 17th we will host two services at 9AM and 10:45AM. It has been nearly two months since our last in-person gathering, and we look forward to equipping everyday believers to live the message in our city. 

 

This means that on May 10th we will gather again ONLINE ONLY.  We will wrap up our series Ready for Our Hope with a message from Pastor Tony. We will celebrate the mothers of our church, and of course worship Jesus together (even though you’re in your living room). 

 

We will be sending more communication in the next week regarding our reopening of in-person gatherings, but we wanted to begin to spread the word about the changes to come. 

 

Thanks again for being a part of our church community.

 

In Christ,

Drew

Drew Meyer | Lead Pastor


 

April 28, 1:00 PM
 

LifePointe Church family,

 

We are in this together. The Church has always overcome obstacles and trials, and the same is true today. We will overcome.

 

On Monday, Governor Kim Reynolds gave an update on the phased re-opening of public life in Iowa. She is taking a county-by-county, data-driven approach (the full proclamation can be read here). We continue to stand with the governor in her fight against this virus and pray for her constantly. 

 

In the governor’s proclamation she lifted the prohibition on spiritual gatherings. We anticipated this day would be coming soon and we are hopeful to see the tide turning for a gradual re-opening of our community life. At the same time, we recognize that for many the risk of COVID-19 is still very real. We do not minimize that in the least bit. 

 

In light of all this, we are working hard to make plans as for what re-opening in-person gatherings looks like for our church family. In the days to come, we will continue to monitor guidance provided by local and state officials. This Sunday, May 3rd we will meet again online only. This gathering will be at 10am live on both Facebook and YouTube, and we will continue our series Ready for Our Hope. Kids’ Pointe will gather at 9am on their Sunday morning Zoom call. When we do re-open for in-person gatherings we will be taking extra measures to open safely.  We want you all to know that we value the gathering of God’s people AND we value wisdom based on what is known locally in our area.  It is not an either/or proposition. We believe in the days to come we can navigate this well, together. 

 

Please continue to pray and continue to stay connected to each other. We need community with each other in these days more than ever. 

 

In Christ,

Drew

Drew Meyer | Lead Pastor
 


April 1, 8:o0 PM
 

LifePointe Church family,

 

We want to continue to help you all navigate these days as best we can. We are seeking to communicate to the church family as often is helpful and relevant. 

 

In light of the President’s declaration of extending the guidelines to “slow the spread” through the month of April and the Governor’s declaration of a public health emergency through Friday, April 17, we will be hosting all of our services for the next several weeks online at our YouTube channel. . There is nothing like gathering together as the people of God, but in these unique times, we seek to honor our leaders and do what is right for our city by not gathering together in person. 

 

It is in times of crisis that the church shines even brighter. We need each other and the world needs a thriving church. If you are discouraged, fearful, anxious, or in need of prayer, please reach out to your LifePointe church family.  Although this situation is physically isolating, you are not alone.  Reach out on our website, or text/call the church at (515) 232-7111.

 

There is good news in the world. The Church is shining bright in this hour. We praise God for Convoy of Hope and their radical generosity with their 10 million meal campaign.  Also, Samaritan’s Purse has been front and center in the fight in NYC by setting up their hospital in central park.  Or what about the announcement from MyPillow’s founder, Mike Lindell, that they have shifted 75% of their operation to the manufacturing of much needed masks. We praise God for these representations of the Kingdom that point people to a Savior that cares about our eternal destinies AND our needs in this world. 

 

We are in anticipation for the days ahead. With Resurrection Sunday less than two weeks away, we fix our eyes on the promise of Jesus to conquer sin and grave. We will not back down or relent from pressing into the promises of God. Please begin making plans to join us for Good Friday on Friday, April 10 and Easter Sunday on April 12, which will both be hosted online. Invite your friends and family online and let us focus our hearts on the hope of the world. 

 

In Christ,

Drew

Drew Meyer | Lead Pastor

March 24, 11:30 AM
 

I know it has been hard to wrap our minds around what has been taking place in our world. It feels like a bad dream. 

 

Through all of this, I want to continue to remind us that we are better together and now more than ever, we need to be intentional about our church community. In this season of isolation, how can you connect with at least one other person every day in our church community? A simple text, phone call, or hand-written note can go a long way in communicating to each other that we are in this together as a church family. 

 

We are continuing to monitor the measures enacted by local officials in Iowa and Story County and will be updating our church family on how we will move forward as we get into April.  As a reminder, this Sunday we will gather again online as a church family at 10:45 a.m. on our YouTube channel. Let’s make the most of it. Invite your neighbors to check it out online, share the YouTube channel online, prepare your heart as we gather in this unique season.

 

I wanted to update you today with a special request. Last night, we called our church into a week of prayer and fasting. The Church needs to rise up in this moment with faith and authority and be agents of change and revival. It’s for this reason, and in light of the current crisis, that we are asking for our entire church family to set aside extra time to pray and fast this week

 

As we look at the early church in the book of Acts, we see prayer and fasting as part of the life of the church (check out Acts 13:2-3). The early church overcame difficult trials and tribulations, and the combination of prayer and fasting, was part of their way of overcoming.  

 

There are four themes we are praying for this week ahead:

  1. Surrender. We are praying that across our church and city there would be a new level of surrender in each of our hearts. We can no longer trust in in the kingdoms of this world. God is calling for a people that are completely surrendered to Him.

  2. A return to our first love. We are praying for a newly discovered worship in the homes of believers across our city. The simplicity of love and worship that many know when they first encounter Christ can be rekindled in this season. We are praying it would happen here in Ames.

  3. Kingdom answers. We are praying that as the frailty of life is revealed and the longings of human hearts become more and more obvious, that the church would bring the answers needed. Jesus brings good news that means something for the the captives, broken hearted, and sick. 

  4. An end to the pandemic. We are boldly praying for an end to this outbreak. We are also praying for divine protection for Ames and Story County. 

 

Would you join us this week as we take our place as the church in this hour of need? I am so thankful for each of you and the faith you carry for God to do what only He can do. 

 

In Christ,

Drew

Drew Meyer | Lead Pastor

March 17, 4:30 PM
 

One of my favorite promises of Jesus is Matthew 28:20 which says, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” This is Jesus’ living promise of His presence to us who believe. In these unprecedented days, let’s meditate on the promises and character of God!

 

I want to continue to update our church family on the ramifications of measures that are being enacted here locally in Iowa. As of today, Governor Kim Reynolds issued a prohibition of mass gatherings of 10 or more people to help slow the spread of COVID-19 here in Iowa. You can read the full measure here.

 

This is a time we need to be the Body of Christ, to work together, and pray with fresh faith and urgency. We need YOU to be a part of this.

 

In light of the Governor’s measure, we are suspending all gatherings at LifePointe until March 31st. If this time period gets extended, we will let you know as a soon as possible. This includes all classes, Kids’ Pointe activities, LifePointe Youth, public prayer gatherings, etc.

We know this can seem daunting or overwhelming, but please remember that nothing can stop us from being the church when we seek to LIVE THE MESSAGE of Jesus Monday through Sunday.

 

What can we do??

The following two Sundays (March 22 and March 29) we will gather online and worship Jesus in our homes. In many ways, this crisis is forcing us to cultivate a deeper appreciation for the presence of God that we can be aware of in our own homes. Please make plans to join us on YouTube at 10:45 a.m. for this special time of live worship, timely teaching from Exodus 14, and fresh encouragement. This time will also include a special encouragement from our Kids’ Pointe director, Nicole Barnes to help families turn this season into a time of real spiritual growth. Don’t miss this!

We will be putting out special calls to prayer during this season for our region and nation. Tomorrow join us for a focused time of prayer on Facebook LIVE or YouTube from noon-1 p.m.

We can seek to be generous. In a time of panic and self-protection, let us seek to LIVE THE MESSAGE. We will be creating a portal for individuals to submit requests for needs that arise in the midst of this season.

We can fill our hearts and minds with truth. Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God (Romans 10:17). It’s important that we feed on the truth of God’s Word and allow our hearts to grow in faith in this season. We will be providing our church family with more resources for kids and adults in the days to come.

As always, the LifePointe team is working hard to equip everyday believers and all the more in this season when opportunities are all around us.

In Christ,

Drew

Drew Meyer | Lead Pastor

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