Update from Saturday 3/14/20
Hey everyone, it’s Pastor Mike. I wanted to share a few updates about our services tomorrow. We are still planning on having both services at 9:15 and 11am, but our focus will be on the livestream. So if you have any concerns or you want to stay home, we encourage you to do that and tune in to our livestream here on Facebook. We do ask that only individuals who are healthy and who are not in high-risk groups attend. If possible, we encourage you to gather together with your family and join the worship service online.
If you are scheduled to serve, please don’t feel any pressure to attend. We want you to make the best decision for you and your family. For churches, this is a complicated time, and we seek to make the wisest decision possible for our community. We are actively watching the guidelines from health officials and we will make additional adjustments and changes as needed over the next few weeks. Extra cleaning and disinfecting are being done at the church today, and we will clean again between services tomorrow.
I want to leave you with John 14:27 (NLT) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
Over the next few weeks, our church will actively be looking for ways to minister to our community. This is an opportunity for us to be the church. As we have always shared, our church is not defined by a building, but by a group of people united together to share the Gospel and make disciples. We will discuss some of the ways we can minister to our community during our service tomorrow. I’m excited about sharing Jesus in a world that desperately needs hope.
We’re so excited to be continuing our lead-up to Easter Sunday with our new series for our church called Journey to the Cross! This series will continue right up to Palm Sunday and culminates with our Easter Sunday Celebration Service.
While I know that we are all aware of the current virus outbreak around the world, I can assure you that there’s no reason for panic. “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” Psalm 46:1-2. We also recently finished a series through the book of Philippians, where we learned how the peace of God can replace our anxiety and fear.
Keeping this in mind, here are some precautions we can all take:
- Let’s all wash our hands thoroughly multiple times throughout the day – at church and at home.
- Don’t want to touch money when giving? You can always Give Online or by using the Tithe.ly app
- Worried about shaking hands? Just say hi and wave!
- Feeling under the weather? While we place a high priority on gathering together as the church for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at Cornerstone, if you or your children are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way that you can love your neighbor is by staying home! If you need to stay home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship online with us during streaming either of our two services: Watch Online on Facebook at either our 9:15 or 11:00 am services!
Our staff and volunteers always do an outstanding job providing a clean and relaxing atmosphere to ensure that all of us have an exceptional Sunday experience. In light of recent health concerns, we are taking extra steps to maintain our facility paying extra special attention to areas that are typically touched a lot such as door and light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, countertops, children’s areas, activities, and toys, etc. We have also strategically placed containers of Hand Sanitizer at the entrances to the church and for the short term, our Hospitality Members will greet you with a smile and a Hello, but minus the hug or handshake.
Let’s use this opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus through our prayers and our care for others! Use this time to check on your neighbors and together, let’s share the love of Christ throughout our community.
We will continue to send out updates by email, Facebook, Instagram, and via our website as we continue to monitor this developing situation.
Finally, I believe this Journey to the Cross series is going to be life-changing for our church. It’s my hope that you’ll stay connected (in-church or online) for each and every message as we gear up for all the excitement happening during the months of March and April!
I love you guys and am praying for you all,