WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
DO NOT FEAR
The news around the Coronavirus is changing rapidly. Always refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state, and local government guidelines for the most up-to-date information.
The Coronavirus causes flu-like symptoms and can lead to severe respiratory infections, especially in older patients and those with chronic health conditions.
Hello church family,
As our city and our world grapples with how to handle the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we know that you are being overwhelmed with many different messages. Our prayer is that you feel supported and strengthened in this time by your church family and that we can be a voice of calm in the chaos. Many public events have been shut down in our area and we are going to do our part to aid with "social distancing".
Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Let’s be prepared and not scared. We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based
organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.
Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety
around coverage of COVID-19.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for
addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with
disabilities, and those in quarantine.
Because COVID-19 likely spreads like the cold and the flu, personal hygiene is very important for all ages. In support of keeping everyone well,
we have suspended our Sunday services and other gatherings of 10 or more. Our church office remains open Monday – Friday, 8-4.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Pray. Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
- Reflect on Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
- Wash. Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home from public functions if you’re sick. Enjoy our online service.
Share encouragement through scripture
Psalm 91:5-7: You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Psalm 91:10-11: No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
Luke 12:25-26: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
John 14:27: 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 16:33: I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.