There is widespread fear and concern about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Leaders in our state, nation and around the world are urging caution; this morning, our governor banned all gatherings over 250 people in three counties on the west side of our state. We take your health and safety seriously. What should our response be?

First, let’s not cave in to fear! “Fear not” is one of the most oft-repeated commands in Scripture. As Jesus-followers, we don’t live in or lead out of fear. Fear-based decisions are rarely good ones. There are many unfounded fears about this disease—don’t be swept up by fear or panic.

Second, let’s be wise. When faced with potential danger, it’s wise to be cautious (which is different than fear). For example, we are taking the precaution of doing a weekly professional deep clean and disinfect at the church. The entire building is disinfected, including all of the children’s toys. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends the following precautions for everyone:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Please stay home if you are sick.
  • When you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the inside of your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

Third, let’s stay informed. Make sure you are getting true and accurate information from reliable sources such as the CDC. Don’t believe everything you read or hear on social media. This infection is most dangerous for the elderly or those with underlying health conditions (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc.). If you fall into those categories, you should take extra precautions. The vast majority of those who contract the disease experience mild symptoms and recover.

I hope you’ll join us in prayer for this disease to be quickly contained. If you are sick and need prayer, please email or call and we will pray for you. We believe God hears our prayers and heals!

Meanwhile, let’s live wisely and fearlessly in Jesus!

Pastor Joe