He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in
whom I trust.”
Greetings church family,
First, let us say that we miss you and we look forward to the time when we can come together again to worship the Lord in the same building. By now, each of you should have received a call from one of us. If you have not, please let the office know so we can touch base with you. As your Elders, we want you to know that we are available at any time if you have any needs at all, prayer or otherwise.
As you well know by now, the governor has put in place a Safer at Home measure, designed to curb the spread of the disease and flatten the curve. This mandate is in place until April 24, 2020, which means we will not be having any gatherings in the church until that date. This means that Holy Week will look much different than ever before. Please pray as the staff seeks the Lord for the best way to bring services into your home that weekend. We know that God was aware of this long, long ago and so we are confident he has a plan in all this.
Albert Mohler, in his briefing on March 24th said this:
The category of quarantine, of this kind of isolation, is actually found in the five books of Moses. In the book of Leviticus, chapters 13 and 14, dealing with leprosy, the children of Israel are given specific quarantine instructions. And as you look at those instructions in Leviticus 13 and 14, they are not exactly what we are hearing right now from health authorities in the United States, but they are hauntingly similar. The point is the stop of a contagion, the stop of a spread of an epidemic or a pandemic like COVID-19. And Israel had a responsibility, in obedience to God, to do what God had mandated in an effort to try to isolate those who are infected and also to try to protect the children of Israel from this larger threat. This has obvious application to our situation today, where the very same logic is in play. The same logic we find in the book of Leviticus is the logic that is now coming from the White House; it's coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; it's coming from the World Health Organization. But we do need to note, and at this point Christians should find this a matter of reassurance, that it is believed by many medical authorities that Leviticus 13 and 14 are the very first records in human history of the category of quarantine.
It is interesting to ponder that this has a biblical precedent. We have determined that we will comply with Emergency Order #12, the Safer at Home order. This is the right thing to do.
The order allows us to gather as a team to produce our worship services so that they can be seen online. We will be practicing social distancing as we record these services. Further, we are allowed to keep the church open and will do so from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm each day, Monday through Friday. We will let you know if that changes.
We encourage you to check out our website and especially the Thrival Kit tab, which allows us to see how we can do more than survive this pandemic; rather, we can thrive! There are links to all the special teachings that are available for every age group. Please keep an eye on that page for updates and changes. There are special places where you can let us know if you have any need at all and you can let us know if you are able to help with any need. This is being monitored carefully so that those who have needs are being helped as they make it known. Please let us know!
We realize that this is impacting each of us differently, but we want to make sure that we are encouraging each other not to lose heart. The more isolated this makes you feel, the more important it is for you to have contact with others, however you can. Let’s continue to grow in our understanding of Jesus so that we can make him known. Let’s continue to spur one another on in this unprecedented time. Let us continue to walk together, however we can.
Please remember that as elders we are fasting every Wednesday and praying for an end to the pandemic, for a revival of the Church, and that many would come to know Jesus because of these events. We invite you to consider joining us.
We encourage you to read Psalm 91 and remember that it is safer at home and that home is beneath his wing, the safest place there is.
Pray as we seek to lead wisely.