COVID-19 UPDATE

March 16, 2020

Dear Zion Family,


The situation with the COVID-19 virus stays very fluid. This morning we learned that the CDC has some new recommendations.
From the CDC website:


[Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.]


Out of an abundance of caution, love for each of you, and our community, we have decided to suspend normal office operations, our mid-week prayer meeting and weekend services until further notice.


The use of our facility by outside groups has also been suspended until further notice with two exceptions. We will continue the Storehouse ministry providing people with much needed food. Pastor Jeff and his team are prepared to oversee this. Our host week with Family Promise will not be taking place in our facility. They families will now be also sleeping at the day center. We are still responsible to bring any meals we signed up for as well as the items we purchased off the shopping list. For any questions please email Markus Hardt at MarkusMHardt@gmail.com

The well-being of our church family and community is important to us, and this very difficult decision was made with much prayer and discussion, with you and our community in mind. This decision was not made out of fear but in a desire to support our federal, state, and local community leaders in their efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), so as to not overwhelm our health care professionals and facilities.


The good news is that we joined in prayer with thousands in response to our president’s call for a national day of prayer this past weekend. The unity in the room was amazing and I believe our prayers were heard.


Instead of our Sunday morning meetings and Wednesday night prayer meetings we are asking that you get out into your community and prayer walk or prayer drive. We'll accomplish a number of things with this strategy: We will cover our region with much needed prayer, we will practice social distancing and we will get some fresh air.

Also, look for ways to be a blessing in your communities. Check on the elderly in your neighborhood. If they are low on groceries or other supplies, volunteer to make a run to the store for them. There are so many ways for the church to be the church during times like this. Check in with one another and make sure everyone is doing okay.


Our Community Groups provide an infrastructure for us during these unique times. So we will utilize email, Facetime, phone conversations and other means to keep in touch with each other. I will be in touch with all our small group leaders to discuss how we will proceed. At this time we will be asking our small group leaders to suspend meeting for the rest of March. Then we will assess from there.
We will post updates to our website as well as send out updates via email and social media concerning future decisions. I want to emphasize again that this decision was not made out of fear, but with a spirit of wisdom.

 

We are to be prepared, not
scared. We are doing everything we can to keep our church family safe while connecting with each other as much as possible. Even though we will not be meeting together for weekend worship, ministry is still happening.
Not meeting for services could create a financial hardship for Zion, and we're asking that you'd please help us through the giving of tithes and offerings through our website's donate button or by sending a check to Zion marked as tithe or offering.


We believe that God is in control of every situation. He has not given us a spirit of fear but faith. Paul wrote: "For God did not give us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment" (2 Timothy 1:7).


We understand that Coronavirus doesn't just impact Zion, but also our region, our state, our nation, and our world. We know that some of you might be feeling the impact of all of this in a variety of ways. I want you to know the church is here for you. Please reach out to us – we want to help.


I love each one of you and can’t wait to worship together in person again. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Pastor Chris

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