Coronavirus Update – 3/13/2020

Church Family,

I am writing in light of the current events in Knox County concerning the Coronavirus. It’s my desire to keep you all updated on the church’s response and proactive steps to this virus. Reports from the CDC, State Health Department, and the Knox County Health Department are being monitored continually. I am also continually speaking with other pastors about appropriate steps to be taken. I want to make you aware of the following measures we are taking:

 

What Our Church is Doing:

Our regular Sunday School classes and worship service will continue on normal schedule. We encourage those who are considered high-risk (senior adults or those with health conditions that cause a compromised immune-system) to stay at home and worship with us online on our Facebook page. Our offering time will look a little different as well.  We will not be passing the offering plates, instead ushers will be standing by the doors collecting at the end of the service. Our children’s area is being disinfected regularly. 
A few things you can do this Sunday:
  • Utilize the hand sanitizer stations on our campus. Continually wash your hands using soap for thirty seconds.
  • Refrain from shaking hands. Do not be offended if someone does not want to shake your hand. But don’t forget to smile at people. 
  • If you have any symptoms like a fever, stay at home. Typically, we don’t ask people to stay home! But given the vulnerability of those with underlying health issues, it’s better to take a Sunday off if you have symptoms – just to be sure. 
 

 How You Can Pray: 

This was provided by our friends at First Baptist Concord: 
As followers of Christ, the first and most important thing we need to do is pray. Pray for God’s protection during this global pandemic and pray against the spread of any disease and for healing for those have the COVID-19 virus.
  • Pray for comfort and healing for those who have already contracted this virus and for their families.
  • Pray for protection over all of our medical professionals, the CDC and researchers as they tend to the sick while also risking their lives to protect ours.
  • Pray for wisdom for our governmental leaders and leaders in the Church.
  • Pray for a hedge of protection around those considered “at-heightened-risk”.
  • Pray for peace, freedom from fear, anxiety and panic among individuals and communities.
  • Pray for our many partners serving around our city, nation and world.
  • Pray that we would continue to be proactive in proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.
 
You can help even further. Support local small businesses. Most don’t have large cash reserves. Let’s keep people working! Say hello to your neighbor and talk about something other than the virus. Be friendly! A.W. Tozer said, “A frightened world needs a fearless church.” Let’s be that kind of church.
 
Your Pastor,
Ryan Moore
2 Timothy 1:7