As COVID-19 continues to spread through the world, it’s causing a variety of responses and reactions. It’s certainly an interesting time that we’re in and witnessing as stores sell out of household items, colleges close their campuses, and even professional sports are suspending the remainder of their season. Things like this have a tendency to bring fears to the surface, and we see that expressed in several ways.
As a church, however, we stand firm in our belief that God is faithful. He is sovereign. God has a plan. And we know He is true to His Word. We encourage you to hold fast to those truths, as well. In these moments, we love going to God’s Word for guidance, encouragement, and His loving reminders.
Paul wrote these verses while in prison; a situation where there was fear, and yet he knew he was safe with Jesus. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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
And Jesus Himself said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." John 14:27
As Staff and Elders we want you to know that we are taking steps to address the current crisis and to protect our church. There are two extreme responses we are trying to avoid — overreacting and under-reacting. The following steps we believe reflect a balanced approach.
As always, our volunteer teams will hold doors open for you as you enter the building and the auditorium. This will minimize your need to touch door handles.
Our greeters will do a few things differently as they welcome you to church. Expect lots of smiles and waves… but fewer handshakes, hugs, fist bumps, and high fives.
Our staff and volunteer teams are taking extra measures to disinfect surfaces, toys, and other high touch point areas. Additional coaching will be provided on proper washing procedures.
We encourage you to give your tithes and offerings online HERE. As always, we will have our black Offering boxes in the back of the auditorium at each set of doors for as you enter and exit the Main Auditorium.
OUR INDIVIDUAL PART IN THIS:
There are a couple of simple things that each of us can do to prevent the spread of sickness. First of all, remember to observe the “24 hour rule” — if you or someone in your home has been ill, stay home until they have been symptom-free for a full 24 hours. If you think you’re coming down with something, play it safe and stay home. Here’s a great resource to know what to do according to the symptoms you’re experiencing.
Throughout the facility, we will have hand sanitizer and as always, our restrooms are stocked with anti-bacterial soap, hand towels, and warm water. So PLEASE wash your hands!
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“A scared world needs a fearless Church.” - A.W. Tozer