March services update from the shepherds

*** UPDATED 3/21/2020 ***

The situation in our community and country has obviously changed over the past week. The response and recommendations that we hear from government health agencies are changing rapidly due to the surge of coronavirus infections in a short period of time. Often there can be confusion in this type of situation and sometimes we may feel unsure of what to do next.

In light of the current crisis and after prayerful consideration, the shepherds have decided to cancel all assemblies at the building through the end of March. This is a difficult and painful decision to make but we feel it is the right thing to do at this time. Our assemblies are so important to all of us; we can only hope that this inability to assemble will remind us that meeting together as we usually do is a great blessing and privilege.

Steven and some of the deacons are working on a way to allow a large group to study together interactively online and we will let you know when we have more information regarding that.

This action is not without biblical precedent. In Leviticus 13, God made provisions to prevent the spread of leprosy, demanding a form of “social distancing” and even isolation.

We are required to be subject to our government (Romans 13:1-2 and 1 Peter 2:13-17). We are not being told that we can’t worship God or that we must stop preaching in the name of Jesus (Acts 4 and 5). We are to love our neighbors as ourselves and we pray that we are taking the proper steps to avoid getting the virus or transmitting it to others within the church and outside.

We encourage everyone to be prayerful at this difficult time. Ask for God’s blessings on our nation and the world as we fight this virus. Be thankful for our leaders and healthcare providers and pray that they make the proper decisions. Check on the elderly and make sure they have proper provisions so they do not have to leave their homes. Draw close to the Lord and one another. Pray that our attitude and actions through all of this bring glory to God.

The shepherds

Isaiah 26:4 “Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”