|Dear Community Covenant Church,|
The staff and the leadership team have spent the week prayerfully considering our response to the spread of the coronavirus. Our hope and prayer is that we can make wise decisions that help protect the most vulnerable from the spread of this disease. The following decision was not made in a spirit of fear, as John would say, but in a spirit of love for everyone in our church and city.
In this spirit of love, we have decided to follow the recommendation from Santa Cruz County to limit or cancel any gatherings over 50 people through March 22nd. In response to this, we will cancel live services at Community Covenant Church of Scotts Valley for Sundays 3/15 and 3/22. Rather, we will be encouraging you to engage with our church through the podcast and through video messages that I am working on recording for our church family. These will be linked on the church website, an all church email and our church Facebook page. You can also still participate in giving to the church by using Givelify, PayPal or mailing a check directly to the church office. (Ways to Give)
My friends I know that this is an inconvenience for many of you, but I believe we are being asked to inconvenience ourselves to protect the most vulnerable in our church. While I know that screen church is not as meaningful as live church, I hope that these two weeks of videos still help you feel connected to our church family in this time of national crisis. Know that I hope this challenge is giving us an opportunity to step outside of our routines and see where God is working.
I also want to note that if you are a member of the population most vulnerable to this virus, the county has encouraged you to travel and expose yourself as little as possible. This being said, if you feel nervous about going to the grocery store, please contact me and the church office. We would love to deliver groceries to you in order to keep you safe.
I look forward to the way that God uses us to love each other and our town even during this time of confusion and crisis. Please feel free to contact me at the church with any questions or concerns.
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear – I John 4:18
May we indeed love each other in this time. And may we feel the calming presence of the Lord in Santa Cruz County.