COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) INFORMATION
OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK
Based on recommendations from the state and federal governments and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the church board unanimously decided to make several changes to our regular services and activities:
Until further notice, we will not meet for any activities, events, and services including Monday night Bible Study, Sunday morning prayer meeting, Sunday school or Sunday morning worship service.
As long as Centerburg schools remain closed, all Awana meetings and activities will also be canceled.
Until further notice, the church will not be renting the Fuller Center.
This is not a decision that we wanted to make, but, in accordance with Romans 13:1-3, we feel it is important to follow the guidelines put in place by our governing authorities. Governor DeWine has stated, "Anyone who goes into a big group of people is making a very, very serious mistake. They're endangering themselves, their family, and total strangers. Any pastor who brings a group of people together—it's a huge mistake." Under these extreme circumstances, suspending church services does not constitute "forsaking the assembling of ourselves together" (Hebrews 10:25), but rather, it is acting in the best interest of our church family and our community. As strange as it may sound, staying at home during this time to avoid spreading illness is a way we can love one another and our neighbors well.
Although we will not be meeting in person for services, each Sunday, I plan to post worship songs and a sermon to our homepage). You can also access previously recorded sermons on our sermon page. I would encourage you and your family to spend time on Sunday praying, reading Scripture, or listening to worship music. These disciplines are essential to our spiritual health all the time, but they are especially important during times of crisis and uncertainty. As a pastor friend of mine recently said, “Feed your faith, not fear, by recalling all that we know is true about our God. He is sovereign. He is not surprised by current events. He controls all things. He is good and can be trusted.”
Several people have volunteered to be on call to help our church family members with any practical needs that arise during this time (getting groceries, picking up medications, etc.). We are called to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), and we want to do what we can to support each other through the difficulties created by this pandemic. Feel free to call Pastor Tucker to relay any needs or concerns, and we will do everything we can to help you.
Psalm 46:1 tells us “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” May we trust in God’s promises knowing that He is sovereign even during scary and uncertain times. May we use this as an opportunity to share with our friends and neighbors the hope we have in Christ.
HELPFUL INFORMATION FROM THE CDC
STOPPING THE SPREAD
WHAT TO DO IF YOU'RE SICK