Summit Church Family,
As you may be aware, we as a church have been monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation closely over the past week or so. In the last thirty-six hours we’ve seen a whirlwind of announcements about the virus, declaring states of emergency, and calling for limits on large group gatherings.
As of Thursday (3/12/20), we’d anticipated still holding worship this weekend, likely for the last time in a few weeks. We planned on encouraging those most vulnerable to the coronavirus, and those who were sick for any reason, to stay home and to join us online. We’d spent the week working to create the safest environment possible for worship and Sunday School.
Things changed rapidly on Friday. As the day progressed our view changed. After prayer and continued conversation, and after inviting input from our Church leadership teams, we made the call just now to suspend worship services and offer worship online only this weekend and until the situation has changed. We will reevaluate on a week-to-week basis.
This was weighed against the concern for the safety and health of our members and staff and our broader community, and the responsibility to do our part in helping to slow or minimize the spread of the virus. Ultimately, we felt we needed to take this step.
Here’s the link for online worship. Join us Saturday night at 5:30pm, or Sunday at 9:30am from your homes.
This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide updates. You can see our full plan as it currently exists at any time by visiting this post.
If you are aware of anybody who attends Summit Church who may not receive emails from us, or does not have access to their email, please call them and help us spread the word!
You can be Jesus Christ to the World
Although many of us will be avoiding large events and maybe working from home, there are still opportunities to care for one another and demonstrate Christ’s love. I would suggest a couple of ideas:
- Pray for those who are affected by this virus – those who are ill, the medical professionals treating them, the scientists working on vaccines and cures and the leaders making tough decisions to try and curb the spread of the virus and keep us safe. Pray for those with mental health concerns, as well as those who feel extra lonely during this time –please reach out to anyone you think might be feeling isolated over the next few weeks.
- Educate yourself about the Coronavirus from credible and reliable sources, such as from the World Health Organization, and the CDC. Know the symptoms and have a plan for what you would do if you or a family member were to become sick.
- Check on your friends and neighbors. If you know someone who may not have internet access, give them a call and share the information in this email. If the virus spreads through our community as predicted, we can continue to reach out and care for one another through phone calls, emails and social media.
- As the virus spreads, many doctors and nurses will be working long hours. Consider ways you can bless these medical professionals with acts of kindness and notes of appreciation.
- Remember this is temporary. Our church continues to serve our congregation and community. Continue to be a part of the ministry – the need for the support you give in the Durango area and around the world continues despite the pandemic. Watch your email for opportunities to serve individually or in smaller groups. Please continue your financial support of the work of the church. You can give your tithes and offering online, or you can mail a check to the church at Summit Church, 2917 Aspen Drive Durango, CO 81301.