Coronavirus Update #1 (3/12/2020)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear…” (Psalm 46:1-2).
Dear Rivermont Family,
The Rivermont staff and Session continue to look to Jesus Christ as Head of the Church. And, we trust that God directs all of history. With regard to a proper response to the coronavirus, we have open communication with the medical community of Lynchburg and are reviewing recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Understandably in this season of worldwide concern, we need to focus on God and embrace the community that He has given us. We also want to respond with wisdom and faith. Please continue to pray for the staff as we continue to plan. Here are a few updates:
We long to worship the Lord in the splendor of His majesty and grace, and we know to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. We will hold these convictions resolutely. However, beginning this Sunday in worship, we are temporarily suspending the Fellowship of the Peace of Christ and handshakes after the benediction. We encourage you to drop off your offering in one of the offering plates held by our Deacons, at the end of the service, or give on-line.
As information, we are researching ways to begin live streaming of our services on the web, to celebrate communion with minimal hand movement, to leave doors open so that handles will not be needed frequently, and to enhance our cleaning procedures.
We are reviewing various discipleship opportunities including Sunday School, Rivermont Fellowship Night, and the Thursday morning Oasis Women’s Studies. We will communicate with the congregation any changes to our stated schedule as soon as we have wise and definitive decisions in place.
With clear conviction and understanding, we know that our all gracious and all powerful God has His firm grip upon us. We desire to be salt and light to a world in need of the love of Jesus Christ. We trust that we will have tremendous opportunities to serve our community well to the glory of God.
- We respectfully request that if you have been out of the country or travelled to a region with an outbreak of the virus, please refrain from attending church-sponsored activities for two weeks.
- Also for the sake of those who may be at risk, please rest at home if you are not feeling well.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13).
With much love and confidence,
Pastor Ron, with Pastors David, Brett, Mike, and Shane