NECC’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19
In this season, we are reminded of Paul’s words of encouragement to Timothy in 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we can only imagine the difficulty many of you are experiencing trying to navigate the vast amount of information that is circulating at this moment. The rapidly growing concerns and ever-changing responses to COVID-19 are a bit overwhelming.
Your Naperville Covenant Executive Board has been in deep discussions about the best measures to take going forward to ensure the safety of our congregation and broader community. At this time we will be cancelling public services and gatherings for the next three weeks. There will be no worship service beginning this Sunday, March 15 through Sunday, April 5. Oasis and all other additional programming will be canceled during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed of any changes as time progresses.
Our church staff is hard at work developing ways that we can stay connected and still join our hearts in worship, even if we can’t physically gather. We will be attempting to set up a live-stream simplified worship service this Sunday. Our Facebook and Instagram pages will continue to be places for information and virtual connection. We’d like to encourage you to continue participating through your giving, which can be done online. Any essential information — including details about live-streaming services — will be available on our website and communicated by email (please contact us if you do not currently receive emails from NECC).
As the world tries to cope with the spread of COVID-19, let’s remember that the promises of God are still true today! God is bigger than the Coronavirus! So when we are tempted to panic in the midst of uncertainty, let’s remind ourselves that our great God still sits on the throne! Trusting in God equips us to take the threat seriously without giving into panic or despair.
Let’s replace our fear and anxiety with faith and PRAY. The Bible reminds us to pray about everything. Pray that the virus will be contained. Pray that government officials in charge will have the wisdom and discernment to respond appropriately. Pray for medical professionals who are on the front lines of caring for patients. Pray for families already affected by the Coronavirus.
As you go about your daily lives—as different as they may be right now — we encourage you to seek out credible information and follow guidelines from sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Health.
And if you are unwell, please be in touch. We want to know how we can pray and care for you. Many of our members stand ready to deliver food or other necessary items should you need to quarantine at home.
Things are changing rapidly, and new information is being released constantly. We will continue to make adjustments in response to the information we are receiving. Please, be in prayer and have patience with the Executive Board as we navigate these uncharted waters.
Yours in Christ,
The Executive Board
David, Flory, Kelly, Roy and X