A WORD ON (COVID-19) FROM GENESIS

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” 

- Philippians 4:6-7
(The Message)


HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH


1. TRUSTING GOD: Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.


2. PRAY for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for

the health care workers who 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.  


3. REFLECT 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 to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.


4. PRACTICE recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are sick.



5. GATHERINGS, Starting Sunday March 22, service will be online only at 10:30am. We encourage you to gather your family together and watch online at Facebook or our website. We will continue online until May 26, 2020.


ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HERE ARE SOME STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE.

  • If you are high risk, such as older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, avoid crowds as much as possible. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.


“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body. . . . Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” 

- Matthew 6:25–27 
(New International Version)