November 13, 2020
Good Afternoon Church,
As you are aware, the Governor has placed restrictions on public gatherings in order to slow the aggressive spread of COVID our state is experiencing. It is a challenging time for everyone. No matter where you stand on this issue, we can all agree it is real, it is dangerous, and we must work together to help limit exposure as best we can.
Last week I told you we would continue our regular meeting schedule. I also reminded you that we would take advice from those who are working to monitor and protect us. Because of the change announced by the Governor, we are now making a change.
The limit on the size of a gathering from the Governor begins this Sunday, November 15. In response to this, we will move to a LIVESTREAM ONLY format at 9:00 a.m. There will be no in-person church gatherings on Sunday for at least the next two weeks. We will monitor and revisit the number of cases in our community as well, as those connected to our church, to help us know when to re-connect. Our Wednesday gatherings will restart on January 6 unless we are directed to continue not meeting.
Thank you for your support and understanding. I know this is difficult and disappointing news. Our goal is to protect everyone from this nasty virus. The numbers don’t lie. Many people have lost their lives. So, our response is to care for everyone as best we can, and our decision is based on that reality. Although churches are not required to abide by this current order, it is shown that churches are one of the top four areas for explosive spread. I cannot in good conscience ask you to gather at this time knowing the potential risk of someone getting sick or spreading sickness unknowingly by attending a church service. I want us to err on the side of safety and caution for others. I hope you understand.
What can you do now?
- Stay connected to one another, call one another, check on one another and encourage one another.
- Stay in The Word. This virus has pushed many to begin working on the responsibility for personal spiritual growth. Take advantage of this time to cultivate this spiritual life skill.
- Remain faithful in prayer. Each week we include a prayer list in the digital newsletter that is sent to you on Friday. Use this as a way to keep your heart and mind focused on your community life responsibilities.
- Maintain your financial support of the church. The ministry of the church continues whether we are meeting in person or not. The previous shutdown trained us well for how to operate. You may use Tithely, mail your tithes and offerings to the church, drop them off at the office or contact us and we will help you in any way possible. You can also visit www.c1naz.church/connect. Thank you in advance for your continued faithfulness to God and the church in this important area.
We will keep you updated and will come together again as quickly as possible. Feel free to reach out to me or any of the staff if you have questions or concerns. We are here to serve you.
We are in this together and we will make it through this season of challenge!
Pastor Andy Rutherford