A Pastoral Note in Response to the Coronavirus

A Pastoral Note in Response to the CoronavirusIt has been a unique and quickly evolving two weeks of news about the coronavirus global outbreak. Those of us who feel that we have life somewhat under control have been shaken to the core. Stress levels are high among adults and among our children/youth. Somehow “wash your hands for 20 seconds several times a day and try not to touch your face” just doesn’t seem to calm our fears.

As Christians we should not be overly surprised by such reoccurring upheavals. Romans 8:22 reminds us that since the beginning of time the “whole creation has been groaning in labor pains.” And, just like the season of Lent, times such as these remind us of our fragility and our mortality. It is on these occasions that our faith gives us hope to face challenges with confidence about tomorrow. The psalmist says, “I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

At the same time that we place our trust in our creator God, I want you to know that we are taking every reasonable precaution to protect the health of every member of our Chapel family. Your Board of Directors has approved the following actions:

  • All Chapel activities and meetings, including Sunday worship have been temporarily suspended beginning March 19, 2020.
  • All community organizations that use our facilities will be asked to temporarily suspend their gatherings beginning March 19, 2020.
  • The Chapel office will remain open but office hours may be altered when staff find it possible to work from home. Everyone is encouraged to carry out their business with the Chapel office by phone or email, including getting your questions answered by Pastor Paul and Sherry Albright, Chapel Administrator.
  • Pastor Paul encourages you to contact him directly, (910) 690-5529 if you should need assistance of any kind and to let him know of others in our Chapel family who might be experiencing difficulties during this time.

These are precautions that we can take immediately. We will monitor the ever-changing situation with the coronavirus and will reevaluate our actions on March 30 and then send out an additional communication to all of you.

I shall surely miss our time of worship together each Sunday. Plans to provide worship opportunities remotely are in the works and we hope to be able to offer this to you soon. Please be patient with your pastor and the leaders of the Chapel as we are all entering new territory. Of one thing I can assure you, all decisions that we make and all actions that we take will be driven my our trust in God and our love for each of you.

May the grace and peace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ,
be with you now and forevermore

Pastor Paul