13. March 2020
SERVICES CANCELED, BUT PRAYER, WORSHIP, AND MINISTRY CONTINUE
In our current environment, things can change dramatically, even in the course of the day. This morning I wrote to let you know that the Cleaning Day planned for tomorrow was being canceled and that we would be monitoring the situation and do our best to make decisions which are measured and wise. As the day has progressed it has become increasingly clear that the tide has turned and we are entering a time in which we seek to limit the impact of the virus by limiting contact with other people.
From what I have seen, this is indeed the best course. If we can slow the spread, it gives our medical system the time it needs to work through the growing number of cases. Especially for those who are at high risk, limiting the ways in which they can be exposed might just save someone’s life. We want to do our best to be a part of the solution, working for the best not just for those who are involved at IBC, but for our city and her people.
For that reason, the deacons and I have made the decision that we will be CANCELING ALL CHURCHWIDE SERVICES until such a time that it has been deemed safe to resume those services. This will include our Sunday Bible Study and Worship services, Wednesday night Bible Study and Life Groups.
This DOES NOT, however, mean we will stop meeting together. We will just switch to virtual means of doing so. As far as THIS Sunday, Sri will be recording Phillip presenting his message on Sunday. We will post that message either on Sunday evening or on Monday for you to watch. Sometime next week, I will write you again with some ideas and plans for us to meet together virtually, and share in times or prayer and worship.
In the meantime, I want you to know that I am available (via almost any kind of technology you can think of). I love and appreciate each of you. I believe that God can and will work in these days.
Wishing you grace, peace and courage