Dear Family of Calvary Chapel Desert Light ,
There are three things I would ask you to remember and consider.
- This too shall pass.
- God is still in control
- This presents yet another opportunity for the local Christian community and Desert Light, in particular, to shine.
I read a number of documents sent to me by Insurance companies (our own insurance company as well) and a number of other reputable agencies and all of them referred to to the COVID-19 as the “novel” coronavirus. While I am not sure how it was meant but I think it is meant as”new”. The dictionary defines it as an adverb that means new or unusual in an interesting way. So once again the world and this country and the Church are living in unique and interesting times.
For forty years Calvary Chapel (now CC Desert Light) has met together to worship and study God’s word together. As of yet we live in a place where inclement weather or even hot weather has not ever kept us from coming together in Fellowship.
At this point no restrictions have been mandated to keep us from continuing to do that as we have always done. We will continue to care for the spiritual and physical well being of the Body of Christ.
At this time, we will continue having services, allowing the physically healthy saints an opportunity to gather together. If we become governmentally mandated to close doors, we have other alternatives to consider.
We are setting up a live stream alternative right away. It will start basic and improve over time. This is something we have already been planning for those that cannot get to fellowship. We’re already in the normal flu season and with the additional concerns about COVID-19, this will give people the opportunity to stay home and still be involved.
We have gathered a group of servants to wipe down and sanitize as many of the hard surfaces as we can before and after every surface. We have also provided hand sanitizer to be used as needed.
As Christians, we are called to be sensitive to the most vulnerable among us. None of us would want to be a carrier of a virus that may not affect our health greatly, but would have a more devastating affect on another person. We need to consider others before ourselves.
Those that are in the body and are considered vulnerable, show any signs of being sick, or are uncomfortable being in a crowd at the present time are encouraged to stay home and join in on the live stream via the church’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/calvarybhc. The audio recordings of sermons from all services are available online shortly after each service ends at: www.ccdesertlight.org.
As always, we are asking those that have sick children to keep them at home as well so we do not bring sickness into the nurseries and Sunday School.
Here are some things you can do to assist us during the season:
- Before coming to church, wash your hands with warm, soapy water for about 20 seconds. Please feel free to wash again while you are here.
- Please feel free to shake hands, but if you prefer, elbow bump or fist bump or even foot bump… and a simple smile is great!
- Until we get through this, please, if you or someone in your family is sick , stay home until the symptoms have been gone for at least 24 hours… but notify us so we can pray for you!
Most importantly: Join us in prayer.
Many people are dealing with fear and anxiety, and are even beginning to panic with the growing concerns about this virus. Pray for those who are learning that friends and family have issues with sickness. As Christians, we are encouraged to walk by faith, not fear. Prayer is a great gift and tool that is essential, especially during times of uncertainty. Be cautious but be caring and stand firmly in faith.
Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Pray for our government, our President and other officials and all those who are making difficult decisions and are leading the way in combatting the virus. Pray that God would protect our communities and our church body from this virus.
Looking forward to worshipping the Lord today and every day!
Pastor Chuck and Lynda
Pastor Mike and Melissa