AN UPDATE REGARDING CORONAVIRUS AND OUR GATHERINGS

MARCH 26, 2020 | 11:00am


As of this update Mecklenburg and Cabarrus county are both declared as “stay-at-home” counties. It is assumed that more of our neighboring communities will follow suit. This stay at home proclamation is an order that is to be carried out for 21 days, or through April 16. City leaders have left the door open for this to be adjusted if our area shows overall health improvement in the days ahead. We are certainly praying to this end—that lives will be saved, health will be restored, and our community can return to normalcy. 


Because of this new proclamation our restriction to gather is forced though Easter Sunday. I am hopeful, however, that in God’s providence He will lift this restriction so that we can have some type of gathering for Easter. If not, we will continue to minister to you through live streamed services and weekly virtual fellowships. 


Here are our updated steps during this 21 day order for the city of Charlotte:


  1. We will continue to offer a Sunday worship service via live stream at 10:00am each week. Please gather your family together and check-in to our church website, Facebook, or YouTube to watch the stream of our service. We will provide announcements, prayer, music, and a Bible message.
  1. We will continue to release a Kid’s Connection service video on Sundays at 4:00pm during this order. This fun and interactive video is a great way for your children to stay connected to Pastor RJ and our kid’s ministry during this time of separation. You can find this video on Facebook or YouTube
  1. We will provide Virtual Fellowships, via Zoom, where members of our church can connect with each other for a scheduled time of conversation, prayer, and scripture reading. These video fellowships will involve less than 10 people for approximately 30 minutes. Fellowship groups change every week, so go to the church website and sign up for one. We want to use this means to remain connected to one another for spiritual encouragement through this time of physical separation. 
  1. Outside of the above mentioned steps, all other church activities/gatherings are fully suspended during this 21 day period. If any of this changes for our area, we will quickly make adjustments and communicate them to you. 


Please continue to do the following:


    • Check on your church family. Don’t let a day go by without reaching out to another member to encourage them and find ways to help them during this time.
    • Contact our pastoral staff for prayer and counseling. If you need any help during this time, contact our pastoral staff who are able to pray with you and counsel with you through technological means. You are still able to call the church during this time as we can check our messages remotely. 
    • Continue your giving to the church. Thank you for the ways that you have faithfully continued your giving both via our online forms and through the mail (we are still picking up our mail daily). Your continued faithfulness helps us to maintain our day to day operations and missionary obligations during this season of limited gatherings. 
    • Stay engaged with our church ministry. Whether it be through the Sunday services, weekly virtual fellowships, social media, phone calls, etc., do what you can to stay engaged with our church family.


As always, please let our staff or your deacon know if there’s anything we can do to serve you during this time. I cannot encourage you enough to pray. Pray for the health of our community. Pray for the protection of our medical professionals. Pray for the well-being of those who are impacted financially and economically due to the crisis. Pray for the gospel to shine brighter and brighter in this day of trial. Pray that we can gather together again soon!!


"The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those that trust in him."

Nahum 1:7


Your Pastor,

Jonathan Blankenship