CORONA VIRUS UPDATE
Updated on March 25, 2020
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
- Psalm 91:1-3
The Church has never been about a building, but rather, a people. We are the Church, and though now, for a little while, we may have to be apart, the Lord is still with us together. He is the God who does not abandon His people wherever they are. Our primary concern is for you and your family to remain healthy through this time and as well, to see the furthering of the Gospel even during times such as these. We believe God can use even the Coronavirus for His greater purposes.
That said, we want to assure you that we are taking this outbreak very seriously. Public Safety officials in the modern age have NEVER been faced with an outbreak of this global magnitude. Over the weekend, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases commented that this outbreak is far from over and is urging aggressive measures to slow the spread of this disease. Dr. Fauci used a metaphor over the weekend in a statement to the House Committee. He said, “You skate not to where the puck is, but to where the puck is going to be.” Our discussions during our own staff meetings have focused around that very principle. Although people in our nation have different attitudes regarding the seriousness of the situation, our staff is 100% committed to develop an ongoing plan for the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all who attend our church.
As many of you already know, our public onsite services have been canceled until further notice. We will not reinstate public worship services until the authorities give us permission and until we believe that the crisis has passed. We will do everything in our power to continue to improve our online streaming. Presently, our online service is at 10 AM on Sunday mornings. A pre-recorded version of that service can be accessed at any time after 12:30 AM. By moving to online-only, we are reducing the risk that someone in our service may inevitably be the carrier to the most vulnerable and at-risk individuals in our midst. As Dr. Fauci also said that “…if you think you are over-reacting to this situation, GOOD, you’re taking the right steps.”
Also until further notice, our staff will be offering live daily devotions at 10 AM on our Facebook page which can then be accessed later on as well. In addition, we hope to add some online video-conference small group studies. We will let you know via email or Facebook.
We also want to connect with our young people. Faith Church serves a growing number of children and teenagers and their well-being is of paramount importance to us. We will do everything in our power to help parents respond to the crisis by providing helpful tools online and through social media.
If you are not receiving our emails, there’s a good chance that we do not have your email address. Please call our office and leave a message so that you might stay better informed of any potential changes to our schedule, services, or ministries.
If there are needs that you have, please do not hesitate to call our office and leave a message. Someone will try to respond promptly to your request. We have a team of individuals who are ready to be mobilized and help, should any need arise.
A crisis of this magnitude especially hurts those who were poor and struggling previous to this outbreak. We have set up bins in our lobby and outside our main doors to collect food donations for Walking in Light ministry, which cares for the poor in Worcester. Those donations are being transported throughout the week to those who have been hardest hit.
Thank you for your continued support. You are in our prayers.