Here is an important update about our worship services and ministry gatherings for the next few weeks in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. The CDC has modified its recommendations and urged all of us to avoid gatherings over 50 people. Additionally, President Trump encouraged all of us to avoid gatherings in excess of 10 people. As a result, for the safety of everyone, we are canceling all in-person ministry events, activities, and groups of any size for the foreseeable future.
The Alpine Chapel’s weekend worship service will be streamed online, with all of us worshipping together and hearing the same message to keep us spiritually united while we’re geographically separated. Furthermore, we will be providing additional points of contact and words of encouragement through this website, Facebook page, Instagram, podcasts, and more. Be sure to follow us on social media so we can stay connected.
As one church family, let’s look for ways to care for those who live alone, who live with chronic anxiety or other mental health concerns, who have limited access to resources, who cannot work from home and are scrambling to arrange childcare, who are grieving changes to major life events such as weddings and graduations, who work in health care, who are experiencing significant economic challenges, who are now in limbo due to cancelled deployments or moves, and so much more. Let’s take care of each other and keep trusting the Lord together!
MORE DETAILED INFORMATION BELOW:
The Alpine Chapel will not meet at our regular location until further notice.
We’ve postponed all classes, with the exception of our Men’s and Women’s weekly Bible studies and the Wednesday PSALM class, to a later date (not yet determined).
We are excited to launch our regular Bible Studies online. If you have never joined our Men’s (Tuesdays at 11am) or Women’s (Thursdays at 10am) or Psalm (coed on Wednesdays at 5:15pm) groups, you should totally jump in now! Information on how to join from your home can be found HERE for men, HERE for women, and you can email Freddie Jones at: firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to join the Psalms class.
For our main Sunday service, we will continue to gather, but online:
As our world grapples with how to handle the evolving coronavirus pandemic, we know that your heart is being bombarded with many different messages. Our prayer is that you feel supported and strengthened in this time by your church family.
If at any point over the next few weeks you are in need of assistance pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), The Alpine Chapel is here to help! Whether it is going to the store on your behalf, picking up a prescription, or connecting in prayer, we’d like to know.
Please send an email to: pastor@TheAlpineChapel.com and provide us with information on how T.A.C. can help you. Your request will be reviewed immediately and we will contact you with more information.
HERE’S WHAT WE’RE DOING AS A CHURCH STAFF
Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). To trust in the Lord amid trouble is to experience and bear witness to the power of Christ.
We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. As Christians, we believe prayer has power, so we seek help from the Lord.
The media is inundated with daily updates and it’s impossible to read, absorb and respond to every news report, Tweet, or latest rumor. We’re following a reliable list of information for educational, planning and management purposes.
CDC on COVID-19: The US Center for Disease Control’s up-to-date resources on coronavirus.
CDC Resources for Community and Faith-Based Organizations: The CDC has also created resources specifically for faith-based organizations to respond to influenza pandemic, which are applicable in this situation. As a church, we’re implementing this guidance.
Managing Anxiety Around Coronavirus Coverage: The American Psychological Association created this resource to help manage anxiety around coverage of COVID-19.
Addressing Mental Health Issues: This resource from the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Network provides guidelines for addressing mental health issues that may arise, and offers advice for messaging, including among children, older adults, people with disabilities, and those in quarantine.
Because COVID-19 likely spreads like the cold and the flu, personal hygiene is very important for all ages. We’re also doing the following:
We have a Leadership Council that is meeting regularly to review all of our efforts in response to COVID-19.
We’re in direct communication with local public health officials and staying informed of community updates.
We’ve postponed most church related activities to a later date (not yet determined), or moved them online.
We’re adjusting our weekend services to be solely online until further notice.
We’re reviewing all of our communication practices with our church family and implementing appropriate communication when appropriate – like this page on our webpage.
HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
Pray for our community and those directly affected by COVID-19. Pray for the health care workers that are treating the sick and those public health administrators making difficult decisions. Pray that God would protect our community from further spread of the virus.
Pray for us, your church family. We need wisdom on how we can continue to reach the lost, disciple people, and be a light to our community.
Reflect Christ. In these anxious days, the church (all of us) can shine as a light of hope, care, faith, patience and prudence. We can demonstrate for the world how our faith provides true assurance against worry and fear.
Practice recommended personal hygiene. Wash your hands frequently. Avoid contact with the sick. Stay home from public functions if you’re sick. Enjoy our online service, either on our Facebook page or on this website.
Below you will find an EXCELLENT article that I highly recommend concerning the subject: “Where is God when pandemics strike? A Biblical and practical response” by James C. Denison, PhD CVO. I pray it ministers to you. – Pastor Michael Craft