Announcement to HCC (May 5, 2020)
Greetings from the leadership and staff of the Heath Church of Christ. The purpose of this letter is to offer the latest information, a brief explanation, and a little inspiration regarding our response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- In light of the extended “stay at home” order issued by Governor DeWine on April 27, the Heath Church of Christ will continue to conduct online services through Sunday, May 31st.
- The State Guidelines: We recognize that many have grown weary of adhering to the ongoing state-imposed guidelines. While this feeling is certainly understandable, Scripture admonishes Christians to “submit to the governing authorities.”
See Romans 13:1-6
See this helpful article about the relationship of church and state during COVID-19.
- Aren’t Churches Exempt? Regarding churches being ’technically allowed’ to meet, we appeal to the wisdom of the apostle Paul. “’I have the right to do anything’—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:23-24 (NIV).” This decision is not a matter of ‘what is allowed’, but ‘what is wise' in the context of our local community.
- A Gradual Return: When the COVID restrictions were implemented back in March, our initial impression was that, after a few weeks, we’d resume all normal services and programs. In reality, this crisis has lingered much longer than anyone could have anticipated. It appears the road to meeting again in person will be more like ‘slowly climbing a ramp’ than ‘quickly flipping a switch’.
As the month of May progresses, we are currently exploring some creative non-digital ways to connect as a church body without breaking any protocols. Please pray for wisdom as we seek to eventually resume in-person programming safely, wisely, and hopefully quickly.
- Please remember, this is temporary. Eventually, the pandemic will pass. Before long we will meet together in person. Stay faithful. Stay the course. One day we’ll look back on this storm.
- Don’t forget, the Word of God cannot be quarantined. Meaningful ministry is continuing and flourishing at HCC. The Bible continues to be taught, needs continue to be met, journey groups continue to multiply, and the Gospel of Christ continues to advance.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV)”