Dear Cornerstone Family,
This past Saturday we sent out communication regarding measures that our church would be taking to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. We announced that we would be postponing all of our regularly scheduled meetings apart from the Sunday morning worship service and Wednesday night prayer meeting. As new guidance has been given by the President, the CDC, and our Governor, we—along with most other churches—have now been reevaluating what is the wisest and most responsible course of action moving forward.
We pray for wisdom and pray to be those who put others’ needs before our own. Paul wrote to the Philippians: “In humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (2:3-4). While I suspect that most of us are not concerned about health risks that the virus presents to us personally, the truth is that we can ourselves very easily become a risk to others in our church—and through them to others—who are much more vulnerable to serious illness than we may think we ourselves are. God has not given your elders expertise in the field of medicine(!), and so we think it is wise to heed recommendations from health experts who, by God’s grace, have more knowledge than we have. Nearly all voices in the medical field state very positively that the only way to mitigate the spread and effects of the coronavirus is to limit large group gatherings where carriers can easily pass the virus to others.
At this time, we need to be thinking not merely of ourselves, but especially of others for whom the virus could pose serious problems (the elderly, those with weakened immune systems, those with cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, etc). As your elders, we want to be obedient and faithful to God’s Word. We want to be responsible toward those whom God has placed under our care. We also want—as Paul instructed the Romans church—to be good citizens under the governmental authorities the Lord has placed over us. And so, seeking wisdom from God’s Word, from a community of other faithful pastors, as well as health experts, we are instituting these changes for the coming 3 weeks (any changes beyond these three weeks will be communicated as things develop) :
- We will be suspending all of our regular meetings, including Sunday morning worship from now through April 5. That is to say, we will not be holding services at the church on Sunday March 22, 29, or April 5.
- Wednesday evening prayer meeting will also be suspended, beginning this week (March 18)
- In lieu of our regular gatherings and preaching, the elders plan to send out periodic emails with recordings of messages they have prepared, as well as Scripture readings and/or other recommended readings. We will be working to have something out before the end of the week.
Please do let us know if there are any needs that you have. The elders and deacons wish to serve you. If you require help in any way or wish to speak with one of the elders, please call (or text) us directly on our cell phones:
- Jon (602-814-2939)
- Jim (480-242-8500)
- Jeff (480-830-9535)
“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; He utters His voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Psalm 46:4-7
Jon Patton, on behalf of Cornerstone’s Elders