Update: March 13, 2020
Greetings Calvary Greece Family,
I would like to begin by letting you know that our church leadership has been monitoring the news and information related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) both locally and globally. Please read this entire update, and check back at ccgreece.com for additional updates. Before I get into the details as to the precautions and measures we are taking at Calvary Greece, I would like to address our attitude and perspective as followers of Jesus.
For many, the spread of this virus and the news associated with it has caused great fear and anxiety. The Bible is clear that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7). It is at times like this that we especially want to have a sound mind. Now is the time not to panic but to be informed. To remember that we walk by faith, not by fear. Our faith is reasonable, it is based on facts not fiction.
In our response to the coronavirus we want to rest on facts over fiction. This means that we should neither be careless or reactionary; rather, we should be wise. We are each called to work together to serve our church and community in a way that demonstrates trust in our God, who is ultimately in control.
It is important that you know the church leadership is not forming its opinions from memes, facebook, or the media. We have been in contact with government and health officials locally and state wide to gather our information from reliable resources.
Now for some good news! Not only is God still on the throne, He is not limited by geography, location, or buildings. Last week in our study in Acts 7, we were reminded that God does not dwell in temples made with hands. The good news is that we are not limited to gathering just at our church campus here in the town of Greece, but we can gather from house to house. You and I are the temple of the Holy Spirit!
To answer the question, will we be having church on Sunday? The answer is, OF COURSE! However, due to the governor’s recent regulations related to public assembly, we will NOT be having services on-site this Sunday. Our Calvary Greece Sunday Service will be available live ONLINE, and can be accessed via church website, ccgreece.com, and directly on our church’s youtube channel. This can be found on youtube.com by searching Calvary Chapel of Greece and clicking on the link for our channel. If you subscribe to our youtube channel and click on the bell for notifications, you will be notified anytime we go live with a service online.
We are not responding out of fear, we are being responsible. We want to love our neighbors and our community by protecting our neighbors and considering the needs of other before our own. Please understand, church can never be canceled, we are not en event we are a people redeemed by the blood of Jesus. We meet outside the walls of our church facility all the time. I’m sure some of you will not like this decision to go online this week. Neither do I. I always want the church to meet. This decision was not made lightly or easily. Yet, what we know about coronavirus is that we can slow its spread by refraining from large gatherings. This means love compels us to refrain from meeting for the betterment of others, at least for this week.
We will be assessing what is best for our public gatherings on a week to week basis as the situation with the coronavirus and the concerns for public safety develop in the coming days and weeks. Next week, we will let you know if we will be meeting together again, in person or online. I am not nervous about the coronavirus, but I want to display an overabundance of caution for the sake of others.
Our mission at Calvary Greece is to help people know Jesus, follow Jesus, and live for Jesus. There is much fear in our community and we need to be equipped to engage our world with the hope, peace, and comfort that only Jesus brings. Now more than ever we need to worship together and be encouraged from the word of God. The good news is that we can leverage the technology of our day to continue to do that even if we are unable to meet on-site at our church building.
Right now we have the opportunity as the church to lead the way and be a light in the midst of the darkness. To show an unbelieving world that is frightened and living in fear what faith, hope, love, wisdom looks like. Tozer once said “a scared world needs a fearless church.” Let’s be the church that walks in wisdom, responds in love, and lives by faith.
Let’s not hide in fear but be a light to our community. Your friends and family may have never said yes to an invitation to come to church, but perhaps they would join you for a late breakfast and watch the church service with you in your home. This might be the open door for them to come to know Jesus. So, join us this Sunday in your homes for our service and let your friends, co-workers, and neighbors know that we have a message of hope for everyone.
As a reminder our live stream will be available online via our website at ccgreece.com and directly on our church’s youtube channel at youtube.com by searching Calvary Chapel of Greece and clicking on the link for our channel. If you subscribe to our youtube channel and click on the bell for notifications, you will be notified anytime we go live with a service online.