Coronavirus Update for Worship Experiences
March 14, 2020
To the Morningstar Community of Faith:
Shalom! Yesterday (Friday), I wrote you concerning the continuously evolving situation in regard to the COVID-19 virus spread. The updates and changes are happening so quickly that it is challenging to keep up to date on the details. Schools are extending Spring Break and cancelling all extra-curricular activities. Today, I received a notice from Bishop Wallace-Padgett, Resident Bishop of our North Alabama Conference. Here is an excerpt of what the Bishop shared with us:
"We have also had a request from The Department of Pastoral Care at UAB Hospital for churches to not gather for worship as we work within our communities to mitigate the spread of the virus.
Many of you have cancelled in-person worship services in your churches tomorrow, March 15, which we fully support. In light of the fact that there are now six confirmed cases in North Alabama with the likelihood of many more being diagnosed in coming days, we encourage all of our churches to consider cancelling worship tomorrow. We are told by health authorities that avoiding crowds of people is one of the best ways to slow down the spread of the virus."
In light of all of this, the wise and most cautious course of action is to suspend our “In-Person” worship experiences tomorrow (Sunday, March 15). We will record the podcast this evening and post it first thing in the morning. I will share the link to the podcast and include the outline and Scripture References for your convenience. The Bishop has also asked us to suspend worship for March 22 and 29 as well, as a matter of precaution and service in managing COVID-19 in our local communities, state, nation, and world. We will continue to look to our public health officials and other civic leaders for guidance about when it is considered safe to resume in-person Worship Experiences. For the following two Sundays, we will record video for the MOSAIC series and post it for our Worship Experiences. There will also be no group gatherings of any type on the campus of the Morningstar Church. Our MDO Pre-School will not meet this coming week either, so we can sanitize the classrooms and play space.
After March 29, we will take this on a week-to-week basis. If we need to continue to have only livestream worship experiences for a few weeks, we will. We ask that you join us in praying for those who are on the front lines trying to stem this virus. Please pray for healthcare workers, first responders, and our vulnerable friends. Please pray for the Morningstar Community of Faith and continue to support the ministry of the Church (listed below are ways to do this). Pray for calm and wise decisions by our servant leaders. Let’s choose to help and serve each other when we are able. By the strong hand and guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will get through this!
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