March 13, 2020: A Letter from the Elders Regarding Coronavirus
Dear Church Family,
We want to let you know how OBC is responding to recent news about the Coronavirus, and encourage you to think biblically in your response. Let us remember to look to God and trust in him! “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12:2).
Is OBC gathering this Sunday?
Yes, we will be gathering for worship this Sunday (March 15, 2020). Sunday school will meet at 10:00am, and we will be holding one worship service at 11:00am this Sunday due to many of our ladies being away for our Women’s Ministry Retreat.
As of today, we are unaware of anyone at Occoquan Bible Church who has contracted the virus, and we will continue with worship services and regular ministry activities as usual. We will continue to maintain regular office hours during the week.
What precautions is OBC taking in light of recent news regarding the Coronavirus?
- Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available at our main entrance and in every bathroom. We realize that the best way to clean our hands is with soap and water, but hand sanitizer is provided as another layer of defense. To that end, we will also provide hand sanitizer at the coffee tables.
- In addition to regular cleaning, extra time and attention is being given to deep cleaning our building, and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, etc).
- Only children’s ministry staff will touch the check-in screens so as to limit the number of people touching them.
- Instead of passing an offering plate, we invite you to give online at obc.org, give through our mobile app, the kiosk in the foyer, or place your gift in the offering box by the upstairs restrooms.
- We encourage you to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, and the Virginia Department of Health.
Should people come to OBC if they feel sick?
As always, as a means of loving our neighbors and caring for one another, if anyone is feeling ill, he/she should rest at home and follow our livestream at 11:00am in our Facebook Group, or listen to our podcast afterward. Also, if you’re sick, please let us know so we can pray for you!
Parents, as per our childcare policy, please remember that children who have had a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea within the past 24 hours, or any other contagious condition or infection may not be checked into childcare. At the same time, if or as the Coronavirus comes closer to us, we would advise lengthening the period of time beyond 24 hours of wellness before coming to church.
How is the Coronavirus currently impacting our church family?
We have heard from several of you about how travel plans and work trips have been changed. Some family of our members who live in retirement communities are now unable have visitors as a precaution. In addition, many of our college students are being impacted by the transition from classroom to online education at Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason, James Madison, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. Pray for them as their semester faces significant changes. Let us pray for and encourage one another!
Let us respond with faith.
Let us remember the absolute sovereignty of God. Let us trust the Lord, and respond with wisdom. Let us not be consumed by the anxiety of 24/7 news cycle. Instead, let us consider how we might care for one another. This Sunday Pastor David will be interrupting our Gospel of John series to consider how Jesus speaks to our anxieties in the Sermon on the Mount. May we fix our eyes on Christ, and be a people marked by faith, hope, and love.
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If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We will continue to keep you informed of any other news that you need regarding church life.
On behalf of the elders
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