Dear Church Family,
We wanted to take a moment to address the heightened awareness and public concerns regarding the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Primarily, let's continue to navigate this time of uncertainty in faith through love, not by a spirit of fear. Let us be known as a people who come out from the darkness of isolation and into the light with the hope and resurrection life of Jesus.
That being said, this feels like an unprecedented situation that has been making an impact on our world and our local community. Right now, things are changing day to day. As a church we will do our best to love and care for you, and to keep you informed of changes to our ministries and events as they occur. We are making our best efforts to have an appropriate and balanced approach to COVID-19, and we trust you will do the same for you and your family.
During this time we are conducting our services online only here on Facebook at the normal scheduled times.
In support of Governor Larry Hogan’s March 19, 2020 decision to limit public gatherings to 10 people or less, we have made a decision not to violate it. We are a people who work with authority. We do not abide by his decision because of fear. Fear has nothing to do with this. We are a people of obedience and faith.
The only reason that scripture gives for disobedience is when we are asked to violate scripture. God expects us to honor authority even if we disagree. It is difficult to honor and obey when we do not see authority through eyes enlightened by the fear of the Lord. God also declares that the outcome of obedient behavior would be “that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:2). God commands us to honor, pray, intercede, and give thanks for those in authority. He also commanded us not to speak against them. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good and pleases God our Savior” (1 Tim. 2:1–3 NIV).
If you or someone in your family is feeling ill, the best way you can love your neighbour is by staying home and taking care of yourselves. We will see you soon!
While it's unclear how long this current challenge will last, we know that we belong to a God who is present with us in every situation. Take a deep breath and feel the life of God inside of you, being assured of the peace that only Jesus can give. Let's continue to be diligent in prayer, to be compelled by compassion, and to be confident in the care of our Heavenly Father.