The pastor and deacons of Cedar Rock FBC have been closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and seeking wisdom on appropriate measures to take. We recommend the following:
“Fear not” is the most common command in the Bible, and we of all people have reason not to fear. Why?
- God is in control. He is sovereign even (and especially) in situations that seem out of our control (Col. 1:16-17).
- We have an eternal hope. Our God promises to raise us from the dead when we turn from our sins and trust in Jesus (Rom. 8:18). No matter what happens to us on earth, we look forward to a future in his loving presence.
- We have a mission. God calls his people to love him and to love their neighbors (Matt. 22:36-40) — without reservation.
Because of these facts, we need not fear — even in the face of a fear-inducing pandemic.
At the same time, a lack of fear does not mean we should be rash, foolish, or unwise. We should humbly heed the wisdom of those God has gifted with medical knowledge.
And while COVID-19 has not yet reached our community, things could change rapidly, as we have witnessed across the world. The virus seems particularly deadly for those with compromised immune systems. We, of course, have many such people in our church and community. We love them well by taking common-sense precautions.
As a result, we have taken common-sense precautions at Cedar Rock, including:
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in sanctuary.
- Plans to administer the Lord’s Supper during Lent have been temporarily suspended.
- Highly trafficked areas of our facility will be more regularly and intensely disinfected.
- Sermons and pertinent information will be delivered through One Call Now and social media for those who can’t gather with us for worship.
In addition, we need your help:
- If you are sick or caring for someone who’s sick, please stay at home.
- If you are among the elderly or those with compromised immune systems, please make the best decision for your health. We completely understand if you can’t come, and we will love you and pray for you from afar.
- Please refrain from hand-shaking or hugging in our gatherings.
- Practice basic hygiene: wash your hands, cough into your arm, don’t touch your face.
- Most of all, pray — for our leaders and the vulnerable among us. Pray the audacious prayer that God would eradicate this disease (1 Peter 3:12a).
Your pastor and deacons will continue to monitor the situation and make any further advisements as necessary. We love you, and we pray God’s favor and mercy during this time.
Fear not. Be wise. And we hope you can join us for worship on Sunday.
and the deacons of Cedar Rock FBC