UPDATE 3/14/20, 10:11 pm: We are going to try livestreaming our morning worship service beginning tomorrow, March 15, 10:30 am on our church Facebook page. One of our fine members is going to use his phone to do it, so we will see how it works out. We have plans to get a really good camera to do this longterm, but will have to wait till after the April Business Meeting (total to do it great will be about $2300). But we’ll see how it goes in the meantime with the phone up front! Should be interesting!
With the unprecedented news coverage about the spread of the Coronavirus in the United States and around the World, there is a great deal of apprehension and fear. As we always should, we must turn our attention to the Lord and His wisdom.
At Cornerstone, we highly value worship and the opportunity to be together as a church family. We will continue to meet for Worship unless circumstances on the ground dictate otherwise. We are blessed to have a fine Christian man (a Baptist!) as Governor of Missouri. I am confident Governor Parson will recommend what he believes is in the best interests of the health of the people of the State of Missouri. We will be monitoring, like you, the situation in our Nation, State and local area, and will continue to meet regularly unless the Governor, and / or local authorities request otherwise, based on compelling information.
I will be talking with our Deacons along the way, and be assured we will seek to do what is best as we understand it.
Let me say, from what we know, the danger of this virus appears to be most acute for those who are elderly and / or those with significant health issues already. If you do not feel comfortable getting out and coming to church, by all means, stay home. Your church family certainly understands and wants you to do whatever you feel like you need to do.
In the event it comes to us needing to pause meeting together, we will seek to stay in contact by providing at least a recorded Sunday message on our church website and on our church Facebook page. We will also have phone and social media avenues to stay in touch. Let us be in prayer that it does not come to that.
What we can be sure of is that God has not gone anywhere! He is still on the throne of Heaven, and He is at work, even in the midst of these circumstances. Let Him use you to pray for others and to help those in need as He gives opportunity. It might be to call and check on someone or to offer to take food supplies to someone who can’t get out. There will be ways God can use us. Let others know the reason you have peace in the midst of the storm (John 14:27), and why you have hope when others seem to have no hope (1 Peter 3:15). It’s Jesus! Let us live for Him and honor Him in this trying time. May God bless you and may He give us wisdom in these days.