MT GILEAD CHURCH: March 11, 2020
Dear Mt. Gilead Family,
As the news reports and rumors about the Coronavirus escalate, some fears may be arising, I wanted you to know how Mt. Gilead is responding. We are fully aware of the developing situation and want to care for our congregation and community in all respects.
We have been in regular contact with local and state officials, and, at this time, officials are not recommending the cancellation of any public events or church gatherings. If that time comes, Mt. Gilead will be among the first to be notified.
Mt. Gilead will remain open and we will continue to have Sunday morning services, Sunday evening kids and youth programs, midweek classes, groups and community meetings.
For the foreseeable future, we are taking the following actions:
- We are praying for protection, healing for those infected, wise decisions for the church, and timely vaccines for the virus. We also continue in prayer for those members of Mt. Gilead struggling with the flu and other long-term diseases.
- We will continue to be as welcoming as normal on Sundays, but our Guest Services volunteers will refrain from shaking hands at the doors. During services, we will also not shake hands during the “meet and greet” time.
- We are now “double-cupping” the communion to limit hand-to-hand contact.
- We will continue our regular and routine practice of keeping our facility clean and in excellent condition. We have a wonderful custodial team who takes great pride in our church building. We are taking extra measures to make sure door handles, nursery toys, iPad screens, and other high-traffic areas are as clean as can be.
- We have always had hand-sanitizer stations around the building. We encourage everyone to utilize the hand-sanitizer.
- Please be mindful of the guidance from health officials, including:
- Stay home when you are sick. If you are feeling under the weather or running a fever, the best way you can love your neighbor during your sickness is to stay home.
- If you have a child who is sick, remember the church follows the same policy as the local public schools. They need to be fever-free for 24 hours before you check them into their class.
If you are unable to make it to church due to illness, please join us online for the 11:00am Sunday service. Head over to https://mtgilead.churchonline.org to watch the live service or the replay from last week. As always, check out the Mt. Gilead mobile app for the latest updates.
For now, though, in regard to the coronavirus and everything you see on the news, I would ask you to temper fear with reason, panic with patience, and uncertainty with education. The uncertainty of this outbreak is creating anxiety in our workplaces, schools, and day-to-day activities. Yet we remain certain of God’s steadfast presence and careful attention to all that is happening. Please join us in praying for those who are affected by this illness, as well as their caregivers and those who are working around the clock to minimize the impact of this virus.
In Psalm 46, we are reminded that it is God who is our refuge and strength, and our ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, let us not fear, but with confidence use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others.