With the growing concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus, I felt it pertinent to write and update the church family on where Chadron Berean is at regarding our approach to the situation and to encourage you. Obviously, we care deeply about everyone’s spiritual health and physical health.
As of noon today, local medical professionals affirmed that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in western Nebraska. That being said, we plan on continuing on with all of our normal church services and activities, with the exception of our fellowship dinner planned on the 15th. With concerns from fellow members and for fellow members, we have decided to cancel it, choosing rather to be safe than sorry until we know more or things calm down. We will remain prudent and flexible, making adjustments to our services should it hit closer to home and taking extra precautions to clean our church surfaces thoroughly, including the nursery toys. Should any changes be made to our services, we will update our church family through email, Facebook and our website’s blog page.
In the meantime, we recommend and encourage that everyone coming to or going home from church take advantage of the hand sanitizers at each entryway or even better, wash their hands thoroughly. With any sort of food or drink preparation at or for CBC, we ask that you think of others and be consciously even more sanitary than usual. Use common sense as you would with any heavy flu season. For the sake of others, medical professionals recommend staying home if you are sick, especially with a fever and cough as those are common symptoms. Also, if you think you are especially vulnerable to or at high risk this acute respiratory illnesses, stay home as well. You can keep up with sermon notes and audio that is available online at our website, chadronberean.org. If you don’t have internet available, contact our church office and we will make sure someone gets the message to you.
Here are a few things I would encourage our family to do in this distressing situation: Pray, pray, pray.
- Pray for God to protect our church family and loved ones and neighbors and that we would find relief from this soon.
- Pray about how you can be the compassionate, loving hands and feet of Jesus to your neighbors in need during this time.
- Pray in such a way to guard your heart and mind from anxieties or worries. Exchange fear-based feelings with God’s supernatural and incomprehensible peace (Philippians 4:4-7).
- Pray for God to use this to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. God is not working less during times like these. Rather, He is working more. These are the situations God uses to make people stop and think about eternity. This world is so busy sometimes that it doesn’t stop to think of God, except in moments of crisis. As we talked about last week from Psalm 65:7, God can bring the nations to stand still, just as He can still the roaring and tumultuous seas. I was reminded this week from 2 Chronicles 15:4, how Israel had forgotten God and because of it, they encountered much distress but, “in their distress they turned to the Lord.” I believe God is doing something similar now through the current distress. He is not wringing His hands and wondering what to do… He is on the throne and working things for His glory and for good.
Thank you for your patience and prayers. See you Sunday for another great morning of worship!