Our elders and ministers have been praying and meeting about a response to COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. We have also consulted with trusted medical experts in an effort to gather the most current and accurate information about this virus. It is clear, now, that it is not wise to call our people into a single space until the spread of this virus levels and fades away. As a result, we are cancelling our Sunday morning worship gatherings through April 5th. Also, all activities at the building are cancelled this week. We are also encouraging our small groups to use wise judgment about their meetings for the same reason.
This is a decision driven by love, not fear. We dearly love our all of our members and know that we have a significant number of our church family that are more vulnerable to the potential devastating effects of this virus. We know their deep love for Jesus would compel them to come if we called for members to gather for worship and prayer. To protect them and all of our members, we are asking all of us to stay home this Sunday and next and worship God together…while apart.
We also want to be a good neighbor in our community. Our city leaders are discouraging all large-group meetings in an effort to limit the outbreak of the virus in our city, and we want to support that effort. We love our community and this is one way that we can demonstrate that love.
This Sunday, we invite you to visit our media page and/or all of our social media outlets for a sermon from Rusty. For giving, we still need your financial support. You can give online or you can text to give by texting any dollar amount to 84321.
We will continue to evaluate the situation weekly and keep you informed about any other changes to our schedule. In the meantime, we want you to know this: Even though our worship service is cancelled, the mission of the church is not. And even when we are scattered, we are still the church. So, let’s all do our best at making Jesus known to our community by being good neighbors, caring for those who are sick or needy, checking in on one another, and continuing to pray and work daily for the Kingdom.
May God bring a quick end to this season and may our faith shine greatest in this darkness.
In Christian love,
Elders & Ministers