I know there is much discussion about COVID-19 (coronavirus). News reports are saturated with the topic and rightly so. COVID-19 is very contagious and extremely dangerous. Governor Tom Wolf provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, which includes a “strong encouragement of the suspension of large gatherings, events, and conferences of 250 individuals or more.” Activities like the ACC Invitational Tournament have been canceled this weekend due to concerns for the larger than 250 group that would have gathered at Lancaster Bible College.
Like many other churches, Blainsport’s weekly attendance falls under the governor’s threshold. This Sunday (March 15), we plan to have our regularly scheduled Sunday school classes and worship gathering. Please do not feel obligated to attend on Sunday morning if you feel as though you are especially vulnerable or if you do not feel well. For those of us gathering on Sunday morning, we will try to limit some of our physical contact, such as handshaking. If you choose not to attend this week, please know that you can listen to the recording of our worship gathering on our website: https://www.blainsport.org/messages.html.
Also, for your information, I attached a document from Everence, which offers some safety precautions for individuals and suggestions for churches if our area becomes more affected by COVID-19.
Finally, regardless of the dangers that surround us in this world, we trust our God in all circumstances. We, of course, want to act wisely and make informed decisions, but we never want to react out of fear. God is totally in control, and we rest in His peace during this scary time.
If you are healthy and able to join us on Sunday, I look forward to seeing you!
Born in Reading, Pennsylvania, Eric grew up in the little town of Gibraltar, PA with his grandparents. He met his wife Cheryl while working at Good’s Greenhouse in Bowmansville, PA. He has three adult children and values watching them grow into the people God wants them to be.