As the situation with COVID-19 continues to unfold, I wanted to give you a quick update on how we're responding as a church. In compliance with the directives of our local government, all services and activities between now and May 14th have been canceled. However, our worship continues! It is our mission to bring life-changing hope, to an ever-changing people, through th...Keep Reading
As our nation and our world feels the impact of the COVID-19 virus, I wanted to give some direction as to how the virus will impact our church and how, I believe, God would have us to impact our community in the midst of this crisis.
As a church, we employ pastors not physicians. As a result, we are not best equipped to be your source of definitive information on the medical details of the virus. If you are looking for more information about the virus, I recommend you visit the Centers of Disease Control website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
But since we employ pastors not physicians, we are equipped to give you the following exhortations from the scriptures:
Do not be afraid. Trust in the Lord.
Coverage of the crisis is everywhere we turn: on the news, on social media, on the radio. With such a deluge of information, our hearts can easily be overcome with fear. The bible teaches us the antidote to fear is trust in the Lord (Deut 31:6; Matt. 6:31-33; Phil. 4:6-7).
I’d encourage you to watch the news, but before you turn it on and as soon as you turn it off, take time to pray, read the bible, and remember God’s promises. We have a loving Father in heaven. There is not a sparrow that falls from the sky apart from His will. So, do not be afraid. You are loved far more than the birds (Matthew 10:28-31).
Love your neighbor
Many in our community will suffer the effects of this virus either physically or financially. We are to follow the example of Jesus and “look not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Phil 2:4). This is a time for us to be generous in our giving to care for one another and our neighbors. This is a time for us to be generous with our service to care for those who are sick. May we stand apart from the world through the ways in which we love our neighbors.
Demonstrate faith not foolishness
“The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it.” (Proverbs 22:3)
It is foolish to fear rather than trust in the Lord, but it is also foolish to say things like, “We don’t need to take any precautions, God will keep us from getting sick.” That attitude isn’t anchored in biblical truth but a prosperity gospel. Take necessary and wise precautions. While some of the measures advised may seem unreasonable to you, such precautions may be used by God to save many lives.
With these exhortations in mind we want to make you aware of the following:
Our Sunday morning services and classes
We plan to continue to gather in worship of Jesus on Sundays. We will be making some adjustments to how those services are conducted.
- Rather than shaking hands and greeting with hugs, we will wave and offer verbal greetings
- Rather than passing the offering plate, giving can be deposited in the drop boxes near the doors
We will continue to monitor the directives from the government and if requested to cancel our meetings we will comply with those requests as a way to love our neighbor and halt the spread of the virus.
We are working to have the capability to live stream our services in the event our public gatherings must be canceled. The situation is developing quickly so continue to monitor your email for any future announcements regarding our schedule.
If you have any symptoms, love others well by staying home. If you are at high risk, we want you to take the necessary precautions and we’ll look forward to worshiping with you when the virus threat has passed.
This Sunday, March 15th, the sermon will come via video from Pastor Aaron as his wife, Lindsay, came down with a fever on Friday night. Pastor Aaron’s family is doing well, but in order to take every precaution, Aaron will not be in attendance on Sunday.
In an effort to love our neighbors well, we have cancelled the Super Sports Camp scheduled for spring break.
Our Capital Campaign
In the face of this crisis and the economic ramifications, we believe it wise to put our capital campaign on hold.
Physical and Financial Assistance
We have covenanted to bear one another’s burdens. If you need physical or financial assistance over the coming days, please reach out to me via firstname.lastname@example.org.
May we pray for our hearts, for our nation, and for our world with the words of Hosea:
“Come, let us return to the Lord;
for he has torn us, that he may heal us;
he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
After two days he will revive us;
on the third day he will raise us up,
that we may live before him.
Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord;
his going out is sure as the dawn;
he will come to us as the showers,
as the spring rains that water the earth.”