2 Timothy 1:7 – For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (KJV)
The past few weeks have seen the emergence of COVID-19 at an alarming rate worldwide. We are aware of the situation and the severity of it and would like to share words regarding it utilizing the key principles found in 2 Timothy 1:7.
Fear is a natural response to things we don’t fully understand. To help mitigate some of that, here are some details regarding COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, disease, or heart disease, are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
- Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.
- You do NOT need to wear a face mask if you are not sick, unless you are caring for someone who is sick and is unable to wear a face mask.
- COVID-19 is a new strand of viruses already known to us and symptoms are similar to influenza and/or pneumonia.
Understanding what COVID-19 is and who it has the potential to affect is key to not living in fear. For more details, statistics, and a current update on the pandemic, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 information page.
POWER AND LOVE
What does it mean to possess a spirit of power? It means through Christ we can do all things (Phil. 4:13) but we need the spirit of love to guide us in all of that.
How does it relate to the coronavirus?
We need to extend love and grace to one another during this time. The CDC is encouraging individuals to understand that this virus can affect anyone regardless of ethnic background. This is not a time to point fingers and divide. By taking the proper steps, we can minimize the risk of exposure and transmission within our immediate community.
A SOUND MIND
In this instance, a sound mind refers to self-control and discipline. We all need to use common sense and good hygiene practices now more than ever. In accordance with recommendations from public health officials, including the CDC, we have implemented enhanced operating protocols at all our worship locations, including:
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning for all high-traffic, high-touch areas at our facilities, including common areas, public restrooms, lobbies, elevators, etc.
- Although we have used hand sanitizer stations for a number of years, we are increasing the number of hand sanitizer and wipe stations in common areas.
- Ensuring that all cleaning products in use at our facilities meet CDC requirements for effectively combating the COVID-19 virus.
- Putting protocols in place so that we are prepared to act swiftly if public health authorities notify us of a confirmed case of novel coronavirus / COVID-19 in our immediate area.
- Minimizing physical contact by eliminating hand holding during the benediction and other times during worship services, including meet and greet.
The health and safety of our members and guests is our top priority. By taking these extra steps, we have great confidence in our ability to continue operations while doing our part to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus / COVID-19. We will be modifying events & services this weekend as follows:
- We will ONLY be having ONE live service at 10:30am at Main Campus this coming Sunday, March 15, 2020. If you would like to attend and are in good health, you are more than welcome to join us – ministry leaders, musicians and ministers are encouraged to attend provided they, too, are in good health. Those 65 and over are encouraged to enjoy service from the comfort and safety of their homes at this time via Live Streaming.
- We will be live streaming at 10:30am PST. You are welcome to join us virtually should you choose whether you are in good health or currently sick. You will still be able to participate in tithes & offering via our online giving. You may watch directly on our website, on our Facebook page or our YouTube Channel.
- Again, we will NOT be having service at our new March Campus or at 8:30am at Main Campus.
- Bread of Life WILL have outreach tomorrow; however, out of an abundance of caution, we will only be distributing bags of groceries (no clothing or hot meals) utilizing a predetermined crew. Volunteers, please reach out next month to see when you may resume your service.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust for the coming Sundays as needed.
It is important to continue to look out for one another. Again, if you are under the weather please stay home. The best way to prevent the spread of any virus is to minimize exposure. Thank you for having the discipline to make sure this happens.
Your commitment to doing what is right during difficult, confusing times is much appreciated.
CrossWord Christian Church