A WORD ON (COVID-19) FROM UPPER ROOM
OUR RESPONSE AND HOW YOU CAN HELP
A MESSAGE FROM PASTOR NATHAN - Updated 3/16/2020 6pm
UR GROUPS, EVENTS, & EXTRA CURRICULUR ACTIVITIES - VIRTUAL ONLY
We are keenly aware that many of you are wondering what the future holds now in this world currently gripped by fears surrounding the coronavirus and the global economic implications. So much to be in prayer about. We have resisted to post things quickly because of how news about this is changing from day to day. But I wanted to send you a message updating you on how we’re preparing for the weekend ahead.
We’re staying in contact with local health and governmental officials. So, as of right now, we’re continuing with all services at our Marina Campus and Beach Church Campus. We will continue to assess this situation day by day and update you if anything changes. Of course, use wisdom as you plan your weekend and the days ahead. If you’re feeling sick in any way, stay home, and join us online at 8:30am. And if you have any concerns about public gatherings at this time, please be released from any expectations you think we might have on you to attend. Listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you and use good common sense. If you’d like to know details on what we are doing at church to help everyone stay as healthy as possible, please visit upperroompensacola.com/coronavirus.
Meanwhile, I simply want to remind you of a few basic truths you know in your heart, and have staked your life on:
God remains immensely good. The same Jesus who won your trust, and has proven faithful all these years, is still with you now. Your life is in his hands. He has your future, too.
God is still in control. Not a sparrow can fall but under the Father's watchful care. He remains the Sovereign Lord, ruler of the heavens and earth. None of this caught him by surprise.
Ground yourself in Jesus. The world is reeling; it wants to pull you down with it. Fear and anxiety are more contagious than any virus. This is our chance to shine. Peter tells us to be ready to offer the reason for the hope we have to anyone who asks us (1 Peter 3:15). He's assuming that in times of crisis, the friends of Jesus will be so rooted in him, so grounded in his goodness, that they will have a visibly different reaction to those in the world around them. This is our time to offer hope!
Let's pray for peace. Peace over the world; peace over our communities; peace into the chaos. Only in peace will people react well, make good decisions, find their faith. Peace.
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." (John 14:27)
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
- Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers who are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
- Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience, and prudence. We can demonstrate to the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
- Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Stay home if you are sick and enjoy our online service.
HERE ARE THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING FOR ALL SERVICES:
- Our Greeters and Hosts can’t wait to welcome you! However, during this time they will not be shaking hands or high-fiving—just giving out lots air love!
- There is antibacterial soap in all of our bathrooms and alcohol-based hand sanitizers available in our lobbies and high traffic areas.
- While we always encourage community and building relationships during our services, at this time we are asking that people not shake hands with those around them.
- We are increasing the frequency of cleanings and enhancing sanitary practices of high-contact places (e.g. common areas, kids areas, main gathering areas, and coffee stations).
ACCORDING TO THE CDC, HERE ARE SOME STEPS WE CAN ALL TAKE:
- If you are high risk, such as older adults and those with underlying chronic medical conditions, avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.