As many of you are already aware, the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading across the world. Consequently, national and state health authorities have issued precautionary measures for individuals, businesses, schools, and churches.
The goal of this post is to communicate to our Trinity family that our leadership is aware of and is monitoring the situation closely.
We are entering into trying times and we want to make two things very clear:
- God is sovereign over all things – pandemics included – and so we will not fear
- Prudence is a biblical principle that we fully intend to employ in loving service to our church and broader community
Tonight the elders are meeting with our security team to discuss proactive steps Trinity can take to both ensure the health of our congregation and serve our community in the weeks and months ahead. Once a plan is established, we’ll communicate its details with you all via our website, email, and Facebook platforms.
As of the time of writing, we are planning on having worship services this Sunday (March 15) as normal. Even so, we strongly encourage our senior saints with underlying health conditions and whoever else may be immunocompromised to stay home and worship with us via our Facebook livestream.
We are very thankful for streaming technologies and plan on making use of them in the weeks and months ahead. Should we decide to cancel live services in the future, communication will be made with the church body.
Please stay tuned for more information about how COVID-19 will impact other church programming.
Though church programming may look different in the coming weeks, we ask that these changes not impact your level of giving. As God provides, please consider donating electronically via our fee-free platform. You may also drop off or mail checks (PO Box 505, Plainview, MN 55964).
The Minnesota Department of Health has also issued guidelines that are worth reading.
Autumn Ridge Church has put out a very helpful video about what a prudent and loving church response might look like in these times.