Caronavirus Precautions

    03.17.20 | Ministry by Allan Thorpe

    Thank you for following the link which enables us to let you know what our response to the present pandemic is. As a result of the President’s directive, to help lower the spread of the coronavirus, by not having gatherings of 10 people or more, we are canceling all church functions until further notice. This will include all groups as well as Wednesday evening and Sunday morning services. While this may seem a little drastic, we believe as a leadership that it is the only appropriate action to take. We will continue to stay connected with you through our one call system and also through our web page and social media. If you have any prayer requests throughout this time feel free to call the church number or fill in the form on the web page.

    Below is a copy of the prayer I used on Sunday morning that several of you have requested a copy of, and also some thoughts/notes to help us keep a healthy focus during these unprecedented times. I will be commenting on and unpacking these notes with you in the days to come.

    May we who are merely inconvenienced, remember those whose lives are at stake.
    May we who have no risk factors, remember those most vulnerable.
    May we who have the luxury of working from home, remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
    May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options.
    May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go.
    May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all.
    May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home.
    As fear grips our country, let us choose love. 
    During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbor. Amen.
    ~ Cameron Wiggins Bellm

    Be the Church

    In the midst of fear and uncertainty, Christians have a tremendous opportunity to be the salt and light of the world (Matthew 5:13-16). Imagine what the next few months could look like if the church took the lead on giving, compassion, and community care during this trying season. What an impact we could make and what a light we could be.
    The greatest testimony of Christ’s love is Christians who love the world the way Christ does (John 3:16, 1 John 4:19). By our love, the world will know we are His (John 13:35).
    Global disaster, or opportunity to be the light and love, hands and feet of Jesus Christ? We get to decide (Colossians 3:12).

    Believe in Power of Prayer

    There are many ways to react to a public health crisis like the coronavirus. But in this season, Christians have the power to do more than react. Now is the time for Christ’s followers to truly go on the offensive and unleash the power of prayer.

    - Pray for healing for the sick (James 5:14-15)
    - Pray for strength for those who aren’t sick (3 John 1:2)
    - Pray for provision (both financial and physical) (Philippians 4:19)
    - Pray for a spirit of peace to come over the world (1 Timothy 1:7)
    - Pray for wisdom for those in authority (1 Timothy 2:1-2)
    - Pray in unity with other believers (Matthew 18:20)
    - Pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

    Trust in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords

    While the coronavirus may impact our health, our economy, and our very way of life, we serve a God who is bigger and stronger than any sickness, fear, darkness, or weapon of the enemy, and He has a plan (Jeremiah 29:11). Our God is Healer (Psalms 30:2), Provider (Philippians 4:19), and King (Psalms 47:7).
    So trust in the Lord, trust in His power, trust in His plan, and stand firm in His promises (Proverbs 3:5-6). Be the church and the light and love of Jesus Christ to a sick and frightened world. And when you too are afraid, never forget that “weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning.” (Psalms 30:5)