The nation's response to Covid-19 continues to evolve daily. State and local authorities continue to amend recommendations and the CDC, through the White House, has suggested avoiding groups of 10 or more. While these measures seem extreme to some, we believe they serve a biblical purpose. It's been demonstrated that a period of voluntary isolation at the start of a viral outbreak significantly slows the spread of a virus, allows the healthcare system time to prepare, prevents overcrowding at hospitals, and therefore saves lives - especially the lives of those most at risk: the elderly and those with preexisting health conditions.
In short, a period a voluntary isolation is not about protecting yourself. For the majority of the population voluntary isolation measures protect other people. This sounds a lot like Paul's instructions, "in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Phil. 2:3 - 4).
After prayer and discussion, we believe the best way we can serve our immediate community is to live stream our services for the next two weeks, on March 22nd and 29th. As the situation develops we will continue to pray for wisdom and will make further decisions regarding the weeks to follow.
To prepare for this, we will send out a few resources to help you and your family worship at home. Here is the link to our live stream page. (You can also watch directly from Youtube: 9:00 am español and 10:45 am)
Technology allows us to worship at the same time and to be one in spirit even if we are not gathered physically. Through the live stream and our website we will continue to pray, sing, preach, and give toward the needs of our body and missionaries. We want to emphasize, however, that "virtual" meetings are not a long-term substitute for gathering physically with the body of Christ and we look forward to gathering together as soon as possible!
Stay tuned for more information. Pray that God will use you to comfort those who are anxious. Tell others about the hope you have in Christ that transcends this crisis! Look for physical, practical needs you can meet in your neighborhood or broader community. Please look only to reputable sources like the CDC and World Health Organization websites for information about the virus since conspiracy theories and other unhelpful half-truths and untruths are beginning to proliferate.
While some worry and others trust in unreliable sources, lets be a source of confident hope in Christ during this time! "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God" (Ps. 20:7)!
Pastor Ben on behalf of the elders