Covid-19 Updates


CHURCH PLAN FOR THIS SUNDAY - 03/29/20


Church Family,

 

What a difference one week makes!  This national response continues evolving and it looks like the need for social distancing will last much longer than previously anticipated.  Therefore, we are continuing to adjust as well.  Below are three communications points for this week:


1. We will continue to all postpone services (Sunday morning and Wednesday nights) and will be live streaming instead on Sunday mornings at 9:30am until further notice. Info about livestream services can be found at goedgewood.com/church-online.


2.  Thank you for those who have continued to give faithfully.  If you haven’t given but wish to do so, you can give online on our webpage by clicking the "GIVE" tab.  You may also mail a check to the church office at 2300 Cadiz Road, Hopkinsville, KY  42240 if you prefer.


3. Finally, we were so encouraged by the responses yesterday in the comments section!  Did you know that according to Facebook over 2,400 devices streamed our service yesterday?  People from Spain, Boston, and many other places watched us. We'd love to hear from you if you'd be willing to fill out an Online Prayer & Connect Card


I’m actually excited now in this season of disruption.  I’m looking for the good that God will be doing in and through it.  I’m not worried about the storm, the wind, nor the waves.  My eyes are on the Lord.

 

-Brother John

GOVERNMENT RATIONALE,
RECOMMENDATIONS, AND FUTURE ACTIONS

  1. The government rationale for limiting large groups gatherings is that they want to avoid a ramped up spreading of the Corona virus all at once, thereby flooding hospitals with too many patients that would overwhelm the system. Currently in the U.S. we have 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 people, that normally functions at 63% capacity. An estimated 20% of Corona virus cases require hospitalization. If the Corona virus follows the infection rates of the swine flu it is possible that approximately 13 million would need hospitalization. In this worst-case scenario, if you are a 67-year-old man with a heart attack, or a 23-year-old woman in a severe car wreck, it’s too bad for you because there would be no beds available at the hospital. This fear is driving government leaders’ thoughts and decision making to overreact on the side of caution.
  2. Yesterday the CDC recommended not meeting in groups larger than 50 people in order to reduce or limit the spread of the virus
  3. The restrictions on personal freedoms may continue to increase in the immediate future. For example, just recently restaurants are being closed in the evening now, and other adjustments are being made to multiple businesses. Yesterday Dr. Anthony Fauci, a national head of our Corona virus efforts, said in a press conference that all options are on the table.

OUR INITIAL COURSE OF ACTION

  1. We are cancelling Wednesday night and Sunday morning services for March. As far as April goes, we will be reevaluating our course of action in time to let you know in advance what we will do. 
  2. On Sunday morning we will provide an online service at 9:30am.
  3. Regarding directions or suggestions for other ministries that are impacted, such as Sunday School, Youth, Children, music, missions, etc. Check out our Church Online page for more info.

THINKING BIBLICALLY

  1. God did not give us the spirit of fear. Jesus was never afraid. Boldness marked all the great spiritual men and women of the Bible. “Do not fear” or “do not be afraid” is the most common command in the Bible. The reason the Scripture commands us to do that is because we are so prone to fear. But Isaiah 26:3 tells us, “He whose mind is stayed upon the Lord will be kept in perfect peace.” So, we do not live as those who are afraid. Our eternal destiny is already secure. We know we are all dying one day, whether now or later, but praise God we have the victory through Jesus Christ our Lord so that we may say with confidence, “O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?”
  2. We don’t tempt the Lord by jumping off the temple just to see if the angels would catch us. So, if we have a compromised immune system, we don’t lick doorknobs at hospitals. We do employ wisdom on our exposure while we stand fearless.
  3. We use this moment to make sure our priorities are right and take advantage of the opportunity for witnessing this moment affords. A lot of people are scared. This need to know the Corona virus cannot compare with the sin virus. They need to know there is salvation in Jesus. They will be more receptive to hear this message now than ever. Let’s take advantage of the moment. Keep praying for Who’s Your One.