March 20th, 2020
Mt. Vernon Family,
We hope this letter finds you well. On Monday, March 16th, our President requested that people refrain from gatherings of 10 people or more for the next 15 days in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Titus 3:1 says, “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,” We believe that we should obey our President who has requested that we not meet for 15 days in order to slow the spread of the virus. That being said, we have decided and are requesting of all ministries, that no gatherings 10 people or larger happen until March 31st. This encompasses all church ministries and services. If there are any questions, please contact Pastor Tony who will be able to explain in more detail. Another reason for the closure, is that we want to continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We believe that is part of being a good neighbor (Mat. 22:39) and a good testimony to our local community. During this time, we are watching people everywhere come together, because we are all truly in this together. We encourage you to look for opportunities to point people to Jesus during this time.
Please understand that this is a difficult decision. This is not one made lightly. We will continue to monitor this situation regularly and will send out an update following March 31st to discuss next steps. Once again, as was stated in the letter from Pastor Tony last week, this decision is not one of fear. Instead, we believe that it is made in love and wisdom. While we cannot gather in person, we will continue to gather online. Similar to what happened this past week, an email will be sent out with a YouTube link, which will include music, prayer time, and a message. It was such a joy to see the way that Mt. Vernon gathered even when not being together.
Prior to the President announcing his 15-day recommendation, the CDC also recommended that events of 50 people or more be cancelled for the next 8 weeks. That being said the following events are postponed until further notice or next year.
Easter Egg Hunt
While we would love to say that on April 5th we will gather again, we just do not know. However, it is such a joy to be able to trust in the One who does know what the future holds. God was not surprised by this. He is sovereign!
May the Lord give strength to his people!
May the Lord bless his people with peace!
May we encourage one another,
March 14th, 2020
Mt. Vernon Family,
I hope you are doing well. On Thursday, you received an email from me detailing how we were going to move forward with the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 situation is constantly changing and it continues to progress. The Elders have made the decision to cancel Sunday School and the Worship Service on 3/15/2020. We would like to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19. At this time we have only cancelled 3/15/2020. The Elders will be meeting on Wednesday to evaluate how this affects us as a church moving forward. We will keep you updated! There is the possibility that we will gather on 3/22/2020.
Please know we have not made this decision in fear, but instead in love and wisdom.
Let me encourage you in that we do not need to gather together on Sunday to worship together. The church is not the building, it is the people. So a plan is in place to allow us to worship together on March 15th without physically being together.
Here it is,
1. A little later today, I will send out a prayer list which you can pray through as a family tomorrow.
2. I will be recording a sermon and putting it on Facebook by 10am tomorrow morning.
3. Worship with your family, what a great opportunity to study the Word with your children and grandchildren. Take the time to invest specifically in them.
4. Sing some songs of praise and worship! Whether that is acapella or with instruments, Praise the King!
Psalm 46:1-3 (ESV)
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
Let us trust in the One who is over all,