An Elder Update on Covid-19
Oak Park Family,
Over the past 24 hours, severe measures have been put in place to restrict the spread of the Covid-19 virus. President Trump has banned all flights from Europe, most colleges and universities are transitioning their remaining classes online and sending students home, and large events are being postponed or canceled by the hour. I suspect throughout the rest of the week even more safety measures will be put in place.
What does that mean for us as a church and our Sunday gathering? As for now, no restrictions have been placed on worship gatherings (although the governor of Kentucky’s recommendation may be a sign of what’s to come). Therefore, we still plan to have our regularly scheduled Discipleship Classes and Worship Service. Nevertheless, if government officials restrict such gatherings, we will submit to their authority by canceling. I certainly pray it does not come to that.
In the meantime, we encourage everyone to be responsible by taking all the prudent measures for healthy hygiene. If you or any of your family members become ill, please do not come to church on Sunday. This is a simple way of loving your neighbor as yourself. As you well know, the Covid-19 virus can be deadly for those older than 60 and who suffer from any chronic diseases. Also, for this reason, if you determine it is best for your own health to stay home, please feel free to do so. You can worship along with us via our live stream.
However, if you’re a volunteer at any level and decide it is best for you not to attend Sunday Services, please give 48-hour notice to the proper leader(s) over your sphere of ministry. This will allow us to find replacements for you and make any other necessary adjustments.
Finally, I want to encourage us to remain sober-minded while the world seems to be in a panic. As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we’re called to be anxious for nothing (Phil 4:6). God’s sovereignty is not at the mercy of Covid-19. He’s the Lord of the universe and not one molecule is outside of his control. For this reason, we should entrust ourselves to him as we’re confronted with the reality of our own mortality. We should be a witness to the world that our hope is not found in earthly treasures or comforts, but in the kingdom of God. With this unshakeable hope, we of all people should be agents of peace, order, and stability.
If circumstances were to change and we’re required to cancel services, we’ll be sure to inform you via email, social media, oakparkbaptist.com, and texting.
May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ abound toward you.
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