Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Because of our love and concern for our church family and community, we as the Ministry/Administrative Staff, in conjunction with the Deacons have prayerfully made the decision to cancel all church services and activities because of the ever increasing concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak,
All church services and activities are suspended beginning Wednesday, March 18 through Saturday, April 4. We are praying that our Palm Sunday service on April 5 will go on as scheduled. Suspension of services and activities will be re-evaluated on Monday, March 30.
This decision was also based on the March 16th recommendation for faith-based organizations by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), that all services and activities should be suspended for at least two weeks.
As all of us are aware, the spread of COVID-19 continues to spread in our community putting at risk the most vulnerable in our church and community such as older members, children, those with health issues, and neighbors.
During this time, the Ministry and Administrative Staff will work at home and will check in periodically to address administrative affairs and ministry issues. Please feel free to contact the Ministry Staff, Your Family Deacon, or Administrative Staff if a need should arise.
This decision to cancel services does not come without prayerful thought and reflection. In our desire to express compassion and hope to our community and our church family, we want you to know that your “physical” well-being is just as important to us as your “spiritual well-being.” While our nation and our world has reason to be concerned by the Coronavirus that is in our midst, we must also exercise sound judgment and shine the light of hope. As 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you”. It’s comforting to know that the Creator of the universe is mindful of our circumstances and invites us to call on Him in these distressing times.
Your family deacon will contact you and your family over the next week to pray with you and to assure you of our continued ministry support for you and your family. Feel free to call upon them as needed.
Just because we will not be gathering in person for worship does not prevent us as the Body of Christ from kneeling before the Lord and remembering one another in prayer. Let us pray for those who are sick, their families, those living in fear and anxiousness, the medical professionals, and for our leaders to act with wisdom and courage as they make vital decisions that impact each of our lives. “Let us therefore come boldly before the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Be assured that we can know certain peace in these uncertain times through our Faith and Trust as we turn to the Lord for comfort, encouragement and the solace we need. Let us never forget 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).
Pastor Ken Barnes and the Woodland Heights Ministry and Administrative Staff
Woodland Heights Baptist Church
Please pass along to all family and friends.