This post is to notify our church family and friends of the changes that will be made during the next few weeks.
(Special Note–Our Sunday morning messages will be shown on https://losbanoslighthouse.online.church at 11:15 each Sunday until this trouble has come under control. Stay connected to your email, text messaging, and our website for any changes that may come.)
The corona virus (COVID-19) has not shown its ugly head here in Merced County, but we need to be prepared and protect ourselves and our loved ones as best we can. This is NOT because of fear, but out of love for others. God is in control and we know this; but He does give us guidance in how we are to respond to events He brings into our lives.
Philippians 2:4 says, “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”
Drastic measures are being taken all over the world to curb the spread of this virus. We have come to the place where we need to make decisions that we have never faced before. We need to do our part to protect the people who are most susceptible to serious complications from the virus.
God told the Israelites to protect others when their ill health could hurt others.
Leviticus 13:46 says, “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”
In Luke 17:12 we see ten lepers who stood “afar off” from Jesus and asked Jesus to have mercy on them.
In order to protect one another, especially the most vulnerable among us, as best we can, without being fearful, we will follow some guidelines that may help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The federal government has recommended that we avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. This is only an urging and not an order. There are counties in California which have directed people to stay home except for activities for health and safety. Because of these type of recommendations and the severe nature of the virus, we have decided to suspend our services for the next two weeks from March 18 through April 1. This may change as time goes on and we may need to extend this to a longer period of time, especially because we have no idea if and (more likely) when the virus makes its way to our city.
Currently, I am working on a way to make Sunday morning messages available online. We will notify our members and friends as to how to view the messages as soon as we can.
Thank you for your patience and prayers for one another. Please do not hesitate to call me if you need me. I am still available.