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Update from Pastor Haqq

Dear brothers and sisters,

 

Scripture tells us to not forsake gathering ourselves together. There is joy and encouragement being together in the presence of the Lord and it is nourishing for our souls. That’s why we make every effort to meet on Sundays no matter the challenges. As you know, we are facing a new challenge due to the COVID-19 virus. We will still be having our regular worship schedule on Sundays, but right now it is wise for some to worship with us online rather than in person. We are making plans to livestream the worship services so everyone can still be a part of our church family in worship. Details about this will be sent shortly. We are also taking steps to protect those who will worship at church. We are disinfecting the toys in the kids’ area as well as door handles and other surfaces that people touch. We are asking that people refrain from shaking hands or hugging. 

 

There are some groups who should stay at home for now, joining us for worship online until this epidemic is under control:

  • Please stay at home if you, or your children, have coughs, sore throat, fever or runny nose, or if you have been in any place where you may have been exposed to COVID-19. It is good to remember that it is possible to be a carrier even if there are no symptoms.
  • Please stay at home if you are at risk because of your age or if you have health issues which make you vulnerable. Please call or email the church if you have any needs with which we can assist you.

 

Schools in the area have closed, most for the next two weeks. This protects the children and also controls the spread of the virus through the children. We are going to follow this pattern and suspend our weekly programs for the next two weeks (March 15-March 29): youth group, AWANA, The Village. Wednesday night prayer will continue –we need prayer more than ever! – but we will not have a meal and there will be no childcare. Small group leaders will decide whether or not their groups will meet.

 

Meanwhile, all of us as God’s children have the privilege of praying for one another, our neighbors and our country. Pray that the unusual steps we have to take, such as live streaming worship, will end up reaching many people with God’s love in Christ. Pray also that God’s people will find many  practical ways to love those who are sick, isolated, or in need of food, groceries or medicine.  

Always remember, God is our refuge and strength. The One who said He would never leave us or forsake us is with us now and forever (Romans 8:35-38).  

With my prayers and love,

Emmanuel Haqq

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