URGENT: Elder Update About This Weekend 3/15/2020
We want to let you know how we are responding to recent news about Coronavirus in our area, and urge you to think biblically while taking every thought captive for God's glory.
First, we want to acknowledge that COVID-19 has recently reached a new phase in Placer County called "community spread," and official recommendations from the county and state have changed to discourage the meeting of 250 or more people.
Out of an abundance of caution for our staff and for the people we serve, we are changing the way we do church this weekend. We will be sending out a full service via an all-church email complete with worship from Pastor Ben and a sermon from Pastor Scott that we encourage you to watch with your family or small group on Sunday morning. It will also be available on our website and social media.
We will be spending the next few days consulting with medical professionals and seeking the Lord as to how to proceed in the coming weeks. This decision was made by staff and Elders, and we believe it is the best course of action. Currently, this is only the plan for March 15th - so please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Secondly, we encourage everyone to remember that we live in a media-driven world that is often fear-based. This is nothing new, as even Jesus reminded anxious people about God's gracious care for them as they worried about life and death (Matthew 6:25-34). Whether Coronavirus or something else, Christians are to apply wisdom, repent of anxiety, and love our neighbors.
At this particular time, we want to be wise to avoid unnecessarily exposing anyone and compromising their health. For most of the population, Coronavirus is not a severe risk to us, but it may pose a more serious risk to those who we unknowingly pass it along to.
We can trust His sovereign care and leading especially in times of uncertainty. Let's exercise wisdom as it applies to our families and continue to serve for the glory of God and the good of those around us. This is a great time to be caring for each other and sharing Christ. Please be praying now for those in our community and around the world who are affected by this virus, and let's not miss the opportunity to worship this weekend in our homes for God's glory.