COVID-19 Update

Dear Mercy Hill Church Family,
What a whirlwind these last 2 weeks have been! Admittedly, I did not think a global pandemic would be on the list of things we’d encounter in the first month together. But here we are!
 
As you know, the leadership team and staff of Mercy Hill are doing everything we can to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in order to make wise decisions, physically care for the people of our church and community, and provide for their spiritual needs. Below is our current plan to move forward.
 
Recent Announcement
As the coronavirus continues to spread, state and local governments are shutting down schools and businesses and limiting the size of public gatherings to 10 people. President Trump announced, “We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it. Therefore, my administration is recommending that all Americans, including the young and healthy, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and public food courts.”
 
Recommended Goals
We very much appreciate our governing authorities and want to encourage you to be faithfully praying for them. These are not easy decisions to make; but in response, we want to remind you of our goals as believers and update you on the necessary changes to our schedule. Here’s a reminder of our goals:
  1. We want to walk by faith and not in fear.
  2. We want to make wise decisions by having all the latest information.
  3. We want to listen to health experts and joyfully submit to our governing authorities.
  4. We want to love the people in our congregation and community by prioritizing both their physical health and spiritual well-being.
  5. We want to be respectful of different points of view and different comfort levels.
 
Upcoming Schedule
In response to President Trump’s recommendation, we are modifying, postponing, or canceling all public services that take place at Mercy Hill Church. This includes our Sunday morning service, Sunday school, choir practice, Bible study, and any other scheduled event. Our plan is to host some events on an online platform as we are able. When that happens we will send out information via the app, facebook page, and our website. 
 
We also plan to put together ministry teams, partnering families with Sr. Adults in our congregations. The goal of these teams is to look out for one another- make phone calls, help with grocery runs, and if possible to watch the live stream of worship services together. We are a family, and need to stay connected as much as possible in the coming weeks when it will be easy to feel isolated. So, please take advantage of the opportunities to interact with one another. More details to come!
 
Sunday Morning Service
In willing submission to our governing authorities’ recommendations, we are temporarily canceling our traditional Sunday morning gathering. Certainly, this is helpful to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. But the leadership team also values the gathering of the saints and all fo the benefits of worshiping as a congregation. Therefore, we will provide our normal service through Live Stream at 10:00AM with some minor modifications including: a more intimate worship service, a time of prayer which includes requests submitted in advance by email (submit requests to mercyhilloffice@gmail.com), a sermon from Matthew 28:16-20 on the mission of the church, and a closing song and benediction. Again, the goal is to joyfully submit to our governing authorities, protect everyone’s individual physical health, and yet spiritually encourage our congregation in the gospel!
 
We hope and pray this information is helpful. We are doing the very best we can to make wise decisions and provide helpful options. We are also praying for God’s richest blessings on you and your family!
 
Christ is All,
Pastor Aaron (On behalf of the Leadership Team)

One Response to “COVID-19 Update”

  1. Barbara Abernathy says:

    Pastor Aaron
    I feel that y’all have made the right decision for this virus.
    God bless u and the Leadership Team

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