Our Plan and our Hope for Dealing with Coronavirus
Our Plan – Updated March 27, 2020
Covid-19, better known as Coronavirus has come to Ohio and much of the nation. We have watched as uncertainty has caused anxiety and fear to grip our communities. At CrossPointe, we are taking this issue very seriously and we are carefully monitoring information from federal, state, and local governments. We are listening to advice from medical professionals and we are committed to make decisions driven by love of God and love of others. As of Friday March 27, we have suspended our Sunday gatherings through the first weekend of April. We are also suspending our Wednesday Awana program, morning Bible study, and Amplify Student Ministry gatherings until we believe it is appropriate to gather again. We hope to resume our normal schedule after April 7th. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and we are committed to responding responsibly with compassion for everyone who calls CrossPointe Church home, and for those in our community. We will offer an online service each Sunday at 10:00 am until we can gather together again.
Please remember that this is a fluid and unfolding situation that is quite literally changing hour-by-hour. We will do our best to communicate with you as soon as we have new information. Our desire is to communicate quickly and effectively. If you do not have the CrossPointe app, please select Apple, Android, or Amazon and download the app and turn on notifications–this way you will be among the first to know when new information is available.
The response to Covid-19 has been unprecedented—most of us have never seen anything like this in our lifetime and perhaps you, your children, or people you know have struggled with anxiety or fear as the media continues to paint a dismal picture.
Uncertainty can drive a host of emotions—but let me encourage you to remember that our God is completely sovereign, and He is most certainly in control of this situation. The 46th Psalm says, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble…The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
The message of that Psalm is timely because it reminds us that God is the one to whom we run because God is the One who is worthy of all of our confidence and trust.
In these uncertain times, don’t panic and don’t adopt the attitude of those whose only hope is in this life. If you are saved, then you are in Christ and the Holy Spirit is in you—so rest in His presence and find comfort and joy in the reality that your life is in the sovereign grip of God. This means you can be diligent, wise and discerning without worrying or giving in to fear. You can also be ready to share the hope you have in Christ with those who are struggling and trying to make sense of everything that is happening.
We have an amazing opportunity unfolding right before our eyes to help people find the assurance and certainty that they are desperately searching for. Let’s stay on mission, together.
This is certainly a challenging time in the life of our nation, but this is the time when we must remember that we are the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
Covid-19 is a stark reminder that we live in a fallen world filled with sin, heartache, and destruction. But the greatest enemy of humankind, death, was defeated when Jesus rose from the grave and now, because of His death and resurrection, all who believe in Him for salvation can enjoy everlasting hope and life in Him. The gospel is the good news we get to carry to our neighbors in this time of uncertainty. So, have faith in God and place all of your hope in Him.
How do we pray and what do we pray for during this challenge?
Pray for this pandemic to end quickly with minimal loss of life.
Pray for researchers to find a vaccine.
Pray for health care professionals as they stand on the front-lines attempting to help as many people as possible.
Pray for our government leaders to make wise decisions and be united in their efforts to protect our nation, our state, and our community.
Pray for other believers to stand strong in the faith so that we might be a light in this darkness.
Pray for gospel-preaching churches to encourage and equip their members to have faith during uncertainty.
Pray for those who are sick with this virus, and pray for the families of those who have died from complications brought on by Covid-19.
Pray for those who have lost their jobs and are experiencing financial and relational stress as a result of decisions made to curtail the spread of this virus.
We have a responsibility to care for our neighbors. If you know someone who has been quarantined or someone who is struggling with anxiety or fear because of this outbreak, please contact CrossPointe by clicking here. We will do our best to respond as quickly as possible.
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