COVID19 Alert Message From Pastor Don March 13th
Brothers and sisters:
What a week this has been!  The rapidly surging response to the Corona Virus has been dizzying!  It seems like some new major event has been cancelled and some government reaction has been escalated with every passing hour!


I have been in discussions with our staff, volunteers and leadership team regarding how our church should respond.  We wanted to communicate two key decisions:


1. There will be no Youth tonight.  Yesterday we thought we’d go ahead.  Then when the school board cancelled school for 2 additional weeks, we thought we could still proceed but added 6 precautions that Pastor Bob communicated to parents this morning.  But in light of recent cancellations of March Break activity and the concerns of some of our volunteers and families, we have decided to cancel Youth for tonight.  


2. We are proceeding with church on Sunday, but with the following important modifications: 
a. We will have ONE service only at 10AM.
b. We will not be having Sunday school for any ages.
c. We will not be offering child care (including nursery) or any kids ministry including Sunday school or kids church.  Please feel free to keep your kids with you in church.


The deacons will be having an emergency meeting on Monday night to plot a longer-term strategy for Sundays, mid-week meetings, special events, how we celebrate Communion and other issues.  We’ll be in touch with you regarding our strategy early next week.


It is good for us to remember, however, that we make all these decisions, we respond with these plans with NO FEAR.  God is in control, God is wise, God is loving, we have nothing to worry about.  Just last week I read Psalm 56.  It was written by David when he was in a high-stress situation and yet he says “When I am afraid, I put my trust in You.  In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can flesh do to me?”  Later in the Psalm, David writes “I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to You.”


I love that!  David puts his trust in God and feels his fear melt away.  Even in a high-stress situation, he stays focused on his responsibilities to God.  It seems to me that this is an excellent pattern for us to follow.  Let’s trust God as individuals and as a church family and let’s serve Him rather than indulge in panic and fear.

...Pastor Don