So much can change in a week’s time; can’t it? Last Friday (3/13), we sent out a message stating we would continue having church services as usual. Since then, the men of the congregation have continued to watch and listen to news reports, pray, and discuss among ourselves how our response may need to change as things develop and we learn more. Additionally, we have spoken to many of you to learn your thoughts and concerns regarding the current situation. As opposed to knee-jerk or fearful reactions, we have endeavored to temper our judgment with wisdom based on what we know, and that brings us to today.
Yesterday afternoon, the Illinois governor issued a “stay at home” order for the entire state. The order goes into effect today (Saturday), 3/21 at 5PM and remains in place through at least Tuesday, April 7th. This is a broad order that affects all types of gatherings (not just church services). As the name of the order implies, the purpose of it is to reduce the spread of the virus by requiring people to stay home.
Because of this order and because of the increased number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area, we have decided to suspend our church services at the building until further notice. During this period of no services, we encourage you to pursue home-based worship through song, study, and prayer to the Lord—at least during times we would normally gather with Christians (Sundays & Wednesdays).
Also during this time, we will explore ways to provide edification and encouragement via online means such as Facebook Live. More information will be coming as well as information and helpful tips for conducting worship at home.
We know these are trying times, but we also know that our Lord is mighty—and He is good, always. Please continue to pray for one another and those on our prayer list. Pray for those in the various medical fields who continue to help the sick and research treatments (among our own congregation and friends, we have several). Pray for our leaders at all levels of government. Pray for our world.
Peace to you all.