. *All Services At Lakeview Bible Church are cancelled until further notice*
Here are a few recommendations and procedures for Lakeview Bible Church that we will utilize over the next few weeks given the fact that the Covid-19 virus is impacting much of the nation and mitigation measures are being implemented and recommended by the CDC and because President Trump has declared a national emergency.
The mandated shutdown procedures that many state governments have enacted prohibit gatherings of 100 people or more. Michigan has also closed all k-12 schools and prohibited gatherings of 250 or more. We will do whatever is necessary to follow any further recommendations or mandated prohibitions that come out from the state and federal government in obedience to Romans 13:1-7 and 1 Pet. 2:13-17.
Many within our congregation fall within the highest risk categories for Covid-19 infection. Therefore, it is prudent and wise to follow every precaution necessary to safeguard yourself, your neighbor and brothers and sisters in Christ. For those in high risk categories, the CDC is recommending that you take special precautions in the coming weeks. They have cautioned anyone over the age of 60 to avoid exposure by avoiding community events and gatherings.
Who is at risk? The following information under the heading “Who is at Higher Risk” is from the CDC website. Who is at Higher Risk?
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
Stay home as much as possible.
Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Take everyday preventive actions
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
Cancel Worship at Lakeview? Since we are not currently in the epicenter of any Covid-19 spread at this time, we will hold services at Lakeview Bible Church. This is open to change immediately upon further CDC recommendations or local community spread of Covid-19. Several brothers and sisters have already indicated they will choose to stay home for a period of time in light of Covid-19 even if Lakeview Bible Church continues to have services. Nobody would think your spiritual priorities were misplaced if you evacuated the sanctuary because of fire. The same holds true for prudently avoiding worship for several weeks to wait out the storm of Covid-19 spread to protect yourself and each other. This may cause us to have substantially reduced attendance and possible total shutdown even in the next few weeks. We take it day by day.
Therefore, we are encouraging those in high risk age categories and those with underlining health conditions to stay home for the next few weeks. You will have to determine what is best for your particular situation given what we know so far about Covid-19. Additionally, we ask anyone who is currently sick or showing signs of illness to not worship. You may also have no symptoms and still be a carrier for Covid-19 therefore, following the CDC recommendations, if you have currently traveled to areas within the US or overseas that have higher possible transmission rates because of foreign travelers to that area, or confirmed Covid-19 infection cases in that area, please prudently avoid gathering for several weeks.
Sunday School We will not have Sunday School for several weeks and will only have a main service at 10:30 with some worship songs and a message. The messages will be recorded if possible and uploaded to the sermon section at lakeviewbiblecares.org where you can listen to the message if you stay home.
Coffee Fellowship We will stop our coffee fellowship and treats during this time to avoid possible means of transmission through preparation and distribution of food.
Communion To avoid contact with items held by many hands, we will hold off on our communion at the beginning of April and into May.
Physical Greetings It would also be wise to avoid shaking hands or engaging in other physical greetings for a time. We may have to bring back the long-discarded head nod as a sign of acknowledgment. :)
God Remains Sovereign Remember God Remains Sovereign. Our days are in His hands and nothing can touch us until that day. Our days are numbered by God alone. Also, God uses means to accomplish His ends and we have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions in this situation. We do this while trusting in Him fully for the outcome. All of the disciples of Christ were subject to illness, dangers, trials, and bodily harm yet they had a profound trust in His care and sovereignty. Knowing that their eternal destiny was entirely secure due to the work of Christ on their behalf.
What can separate us from the love of God in Christ? Absolutely nothing. All things that enter our lives are from the hand of our Sovereign God. He uses all things to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-30). In the act of trusting in Gods sovereign will, we also obey His sovereign will by taking all reasonable precautions to protect our families, our neighbor and our brothers and sisters in Christ. “The simple believe every word: But the prudent man looks well to his going” (Prov. 14:15). God is in absolute control of all things. As R.C Sproul used to say "there is not a maverick molecule in the entire universe."
Pray Fervently Continue to pray for our brothers and sisters in China who have had doors of gospel opportunities swing wide open in all of this.
Please pray fervently for our own season of opportunity to be a help and to share the hope of Christ with the lost and those who may end up reeling from this.
Pray for repentance from many as they think on their own mortality and the need to be saved from sin through Christ alone.
Please pray for opportunities to possibly supply people with much needed relief items in the next few months.
Pray for the President of the United States and all within the task force he has appointed to tackle the Covid-19 virus.
Finally, pray fervently for the health care workers and first responders who will have a heavy load over the next few weeks.
We should be on our knees before the throne of grace in fervent prayer in these days.
With Love in Christ, Pastor Roger
Psalm 4: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer. But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him. Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the Lord. Many are saying, 'Who will show us any good?' Lift up the light of Thy countenance upon us, O Lord! Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety (vv. 1, 3-8).