Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

3/13/2020

Dear Church Family,

After much discussion, prayer, and consultation with other church leaders and medical professionals, we will not be gathering in person this Sunday. This is not out of panic but out of love and care for our church family and the extended community. All the data available confirms that the very best way to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus is social distancing from large group gatherings. Here is an excellent article describing the spread of COVID-19. Slowing its pace will avoid overwhelming our healthcare system with too many new cases at once, which will help to ensure sufficient care for infected people, which will decrease mortality rates among the most vulnerable. I believe that the precautionary measures recommended by local and national authorities are advisable.

Faith Not Fear

Despite the circumstances, these are not times for fear, but greater faith. As we have seen in our journey through Acts, God’s people faced constant trials. But they maintained joy in Christ and did not fear. With this said, we want to be prudent and wise. While we do not want to overreact, we must understand how to live by faith in the present.

Let me make this clear, COVID-19 is scary, but we are not scared. Remember, we belong to the sovereign Lord who holds all things in his mighty hands. We trust him not only to care for us but to use us to care for others. This decision is not about fear, but about wise love for our neighbors.

What is Next?

We don’t know what will happen next with COVID-19. I will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate with you as soon as further plans develop. At the moment, I am taking steps week by week. Lord willing, we will still transition to Waukee Middle School in April. But stay tuned, and I will continue to monitor the situation.

In the meantime, please continue to pray for every precious person affected by this very serious crisis. Our Savior has a longstanding habit of bringing great redemption out of great calamity. We are looking expectantly to see how he might do that here, and how he might use each of us in the process.

A Sunday Alternative

Beginning this Sunday, an alternative online option will be available. I am working with volunteers to help facilitate sermons via video. With the next 24 hours, I will give guidelines of how you can pray along with a Bible reading plan the church can engage in together.

Community Groups

Until further notice, Community Groups will continue. However, if you or anyone in your home is sick, please do not attend Community Groups. In addition to what I have stated in my previous church communication, please take all precautions to ensure you and others are safe.

Giving

If you give by check on Sunday mornings please consider giving safe and secure online. You can give on the Church Center App or on the website here.

Join me in praying toward an end to the spread of COVID-19, especially for those who are most vulnerable. Also, pray for me as I put in place all the logistics to make this happen. Separate communication will be sent with instructions for Sunday.

For the King,
Shawn Powers