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Without doubt, the Coronavirus has captured everyone’s attention. As leaders of Mercy Hill, we have been monitoring the situation seeking the best information and advice, and we have been in conversation and much prayer over these past few days about how to best lead our congregation during these times.
We have reached the conclusion that it would be best to temporarily suspend meeting together for our Sunday morning worship services beginning this Sunday. We will continue monitoring the situation and will evaluate when best to resume these services.
There are several reasons for this decision:
We seeking to honor authorities who are asking our citizens to avoid meeting in larger groups to help “flatten the curve.” This is a way the health authorities are seeking to limit the speed of the spread of the virus so that our health care providers and hospitals can best serve those who need treatment.
We are seeking to stand with our community whose local authorities have made the difficult decision to close schools and limits gatherings of 50 or more people to do their part to slow the spread of the virus.
We are seeking to love our community of faith as well. We are not making this difficult decision to suspend our worship gatherings out of fear or out of a lack of faith, but as a way of loving one another. The CDC has asked people in at risk groups to take steps to reduce risk. In addition, we don’t want anyone to feel pressure to go against their instincts in this situation, including those who have responsibilities that enable us to put on a Sunday morning worship gathering.
While we don’t have the capabilities at the moment to have an online service, we will post by Sunday morning a Bible Study called “Living in an Anxious World.” We will post notes, a pdf of slides, and hopefully audio too. You can find this study on our website, and we’ll provide links for it on our social media feeds.
With this said, we want to be mindful that we are still called to be the community of Jesus. Let’s check in on one another, especially those in high-risk categories. Let’s call and text one another for encouragement and prayer. We also would encourage meeting in our Life Groups and smaller groups gatherings as seems fitting by following protocols established by the health authorities.
And let’s remember that in times like these, we are called to serve the community in which we live. Please check in on neighbors, especially the elderly and those who are in higher risk groups. The legacy of Christians who have gone before us is to act on instincts to love our neighbors by serving the most vulnerable.
Keep yourself informed of what you should know by consulting the CDC website for updates. We will continue to monitor the situation, and keep you up to date of any changes for our community of faith.
May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard your hears and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
Yours in Christ,
John Ferguson, Pastor (979.220.2028)
Dan Mizer, Elder (979.220.8171)
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