by: Larry Evans
Dear FBC Cloudcroft Family,
As you are probably aware, the coronavirus has been the main topic in the news particularly in the last few days. With the cancellations of many public events and our governor’s urgings there will probably be many changes to come.
As I ponder these things and our response, the words of the Apostle Paul come to mind,
“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”
I wanted to take a few minutes to address concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact especially as it relates to FBC Cloudcroft.
The leadership at FBC Cloudcroft takes your health and safety very seriously and will continue to monitor this situation and make adjustments as necessary.
Before I get into our response, let me remind you that God is still on His throne in difficult times. These last few weeks I have seen a range of reactions to Coronavirus (COVID-19) from greatly downplaying the situation to greatly overreacting to it. As Christ’s Church, I don’t believe our response should be either. While this is something to prepare for and take precautions against, we should not act in panic and fear. Rather, our response should be in wisdom and confidence. We may not know what the future may hold, but we know Who holds the future. Our response, therefore, should be measured.
First, we do not, at this time, plan to cancel any of the events or meetings we have planned. The ministry to which God has called us will continue. We will continue to have Sunday School, Sunday worship, Wednesday Kids Klub and Uth GROUP, Discovery Classes, Bible Studies and Community Groups.
Second, we will take some extra precautions. We already sanitize doorknobs and other surfaces during flu season but will do so more often. We will take great care to ensure our children’s areas are cleaned and sanitized to keep them safe. We already have hand sanitizer and tissues available but will make sure they stay in good supply. We already only occasionally have the “meet and greet” during Sunday Services, but will refrain from doing so for a time. We will continue to observe The Lord’s Supper but will adjust how we do so to minimize the handling of common items. We will remind everyone of common-sense practices that should always be taken during flu season.
- 1. Cover your cough/sneeze.
- 2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water for 20 seconds often.
- 3. Refrain from touching your face/eyes/mouth.
- 4. If you are sick, please stay home until you are well.
Finally, we will continue to put our trust and hope in Christ. We know that there will be great times of uncertainty in this life. Whether it is a contagious disease, natural disaster or the inevitable pain and suffering from living in a broken world, Jesus has been, is and always will be our Shelter in the storm. We have, particularly in this present time, the opportunity to share with an uncertain world in a turbulent time the reason for the hope that is within us. We will worship; we will serve; and we will continue the share the hope of Christ with a world that desperately needs Him.
I look forward to worshiping our Savior with you this Sunday! Church on Sunday.