Coronavirus Response ~ March 13, 2020

Greetings in Christ Jesus! We dearly love and appreciate our Berean Fellowship family. We are praying fervently for all of you as you respond to the Coronavirus crisis. This situation provides an opportunity for Jesus' church to live out rescue and reconciliation. A faith filled, wise and measured response is vital in healthy, life giving churches.

Below are a couple of Berean church pastoral responses we appreciated and thought would be beneficial to pass on to you as you communicate with your church family. (Both pastors gave permission to share their response.)


Christ is life!

Scott & Di Mathis

North Pointe Family,

Almost 40 years ago, I memorized this verse.  
 
‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’    
Isaiah 41:10

“Do not fear” - That is God’s number one command to His people. Whatever the circumstance God is in control. When God spoke these words to His people, they were facing an invasion by a powerful foreign army. Yet, God told them not to fear. We are facing an invasion of our own - the coronavirus. God’s Word still holds - do not fear. So we want to be people who take God at His Word. Just as He was sovereign over that foreign army, so He is sovereign over the coronavirus.  
Though we don’t want to let fear rule us, we want to be wise. So here are a few things we will do to try to contain the spread of the coronavirus:

  1. We will disinfect all church surfaces for Sunday morning services.
  2. We will cleanse all our Kids Ministry toys and rooms.
  3. For the foreseeable future, we will not pass the offering bag. The ushers will have offering bags available to drop offerings in. We will also have an offering box in the back at the information center.  
  4. We will change the process for coffee and donuts to minimize any potential spreading of germs.
  5. We also ask that you please refrain from shaking hands or hugging in our greetings.
  6. We will continue to update our church family through email and Facebook should we need to update or adjust our plans as this situation continues to remain fluid.  
  7. Most importantly, if you at all feel sick, please stay home.
  8. Should you need to stay home. we Livestream the 9:00am service each Sunday on YouTube. To watch this stream, go to www.youtube.com and search “North Pointe Lincoln”. We begin casting the service at 8:55am on Sunday mornings.

Again we want to live as wise, but not fearful people. The Lord has called us to be “shrewd as a serpent”. But in acting with wisdom, let’s remember that the Lord is in control.  I look forward to seeing you soon.

Andy


Many are currently worried about the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation with sports leagues cancelling their games, travel bans, etc. taking place.

Here is our response to the current situation:

1. We recognize that God is in control over all things and that He has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). As the world is paralyzed and crippled by anxiety and worry, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that faith in God impacts the way we live and think. We encourage you to trust God.

2. We also recognize that this virus has had an impact especially on those who are elderly or who have compromised immune systems. It is prudent to follow best practices: washing hands regularly, following CDC recommendations.

As of this point, we are planning on continuing all our services and activities as previously scheduled. We will have hand sanitizer stations in each building (washing hands is better than hand sanitizer) and are encouraging our greeters to not shake people's hands this week and until further notice.

If you are feeling sick, we would encourage you to stay home and we will continue to post the sermons online on Tuesday mornings.

We also encourage you to pray: pray for those who have become sick with Covid-19, pray that God would allow this pandemic to drive people towards Him and remind them that we are mortal and that death is a very real reality that we all will face one day, pray that the church could be a light in a dark world.

When ancient Rome had outbreaks of disease, they would lock the sick out of the city and leave them to die. It was the Christians who had compassion and showed love. As we are wise in the way we act, may we not allow fear to overwhelm love.

-Pastor Benji