Rankin's Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 Update at Rankin Baptist
Dear Rankin Church Family,
As the Pastor I would like to speak to the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Many of you have monitored the situation through the news outlets on TV. There have been numerous cancellations and changes in every walk of life. In fact, our Governor has asked we limit our gatherings to group sizes to 50 or less (the CDC has since suggested no groups of 10 or more). We are using Romans 13 as our model for responding to this situation. Everything we do is about our love for God and love for one another--and right now, the best way to love each other is by limiting our fellowship.
I along with the church leadership will be monitoring the situation to see about developing ways and different means to maintain the fellowship and unity of our church. As you are aware, new developments are coming out almost hourly. At the present time, we plan to not have regular churches (for all our congregations that meet at our church). That may change as new information comes out. In the event a decision will be made to to alter any event or service, we will utilize the church website and the phone-tree to share that information.
So what should we do?
PRAY. We can continue to love one another and maintain the unity in Christ through prayer. The Bible teaches us in James 5, that the “fervent prayer of a righteous man produces much.” We need to pray that God will protect people and actually get rid of this dreaded virus.
USE WISDOM. As we monitor the daily conditions with the virus, we may have to cancel future events and services in the best interest of everyone. We will be limiting our home/hospital visitation until the all clear designation has been issued.
STAY CONNECTED, with our website, personal calls and listening to each message on the phone-tree. . We will be definitely proactive as we deal with the coronavirus as it may impact our church surroundings and family. We will follow the guidelines that the CDC recommends.
What can we do in the present:
If you are sick, or have any symptoms of illness, such as fever, runny noses, irritated eyes or uncontrollable coughing, be wise and stay home.
If you are a high-risk for illness or if you have pre-existing conditions, stay home.
If you have travelled out of the country or come in personal contact with someone who has, we encourage you to stay home from worship or gatherings for 10-14 days.
Wash your hands. Sanitize properly with hand sanitizer (good luck!) and/or soap and warm water.
We will be receiving our offerings at this time through the mail--please remain faithful in your giving as we still are supporting and have opportunities to continue God's work through the ministries we are supporting (Jungle Jen, Pastor K'Them and the North Carolina / Global Southern Baptist ministries)
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us very simply, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” God desires what is best for us.
May we join together and pray for God to use this time to demonstrate His power, love, and grace. Will you pray with me that God will end this great threat in a timely fashion and that we can resume our ministry of praying and worshipping together at Rankin?
Jeff Scronce, Pastor