Rivertown Church Communication Concerning COVID-19
Edit: This post was written before the decision was made later in the week to forego gathering that same Sunday based on information that surfaced later in the week.
Rivertown Church Family -
As you’re aware, COVID-19 has been spreading around the world and is now impacting New England, with the number of cases increasing in VT, NH, and MA. We are monitoring these developments closely and praying for those who are infected, as well as those who are working hard to help all those impacted.
We’re glad that in a time when many are fearful, God sits on his throne and is full control of all these events. We want to exercise wisdom and to ensure as much as possible the safety of all members of our Rivertown Church Family.
Toward that end, we encourage you to following the basic steps recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for health and prevention.
According to the CDC, ‘Older adults and people who have severe underlying chronic medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.’ We encourage such folks to exercise extra caution.
At this time, we are not canceling our Sunday morning worship gatherings or Missional Communities and Discipleship Groups. If individuals feel they must avoid large gatherings, we encourage you to watch our Sunday gatherings on our church’s website or on our FB page and to stay in touch with your Christian brothers and sisters on the phone, over email, or in other ways. We are ensuring that our buildings are being regularly and thoroughly cleaned.
If you are directly exposed to COVID-19 please take appropriate steps to be tested and let us know so that we can protect those at Rivertown who are at increased risk (you can email any of your pastors). We will continue to monitor events and be in touch with you if we feel extra measures are needed to ensure the church’s safety.
Let's look to God and be praying for and thinking of creative ways to love and serve our neighbors in need and for ways to point them to the hope we have in Jesus, the steadfast and sure anchor for our souls.
Here are some helpful resources as it relates to the virus:
- Coronavirus Update (from the Centers for Disease Control)
- Vermont Dept. of Health Updates
- For those at Higher Risk from Coronavirus (from the Centers for Disease Control)
- How do We Make Sense of the Coronavirus - Where is God in This? (Desiring God)
- Coronavirus FAQ’s (The Gospel Coalition)
- CS Lewis’ Wisdom on the Coronavirus (TGC)
Remember, we need not fear in uncertain times, because we know and are kept by the one who rules over all things with love and justice. God will keep us in his perfect peace as we keep our minds and our eyes fixed on Jesus, who rules over every particle and who will work all of this to the praise of his glory (Isaiah 26:3; Eph. 1:11; Rom. 11:36).
Looking to him with you,
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