Martin First Assembly
201 Mt. Pelia Rd.
Martin, TN 38237
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As you know, the coronavirus situation has placed our country & our community in uncharted waters. Coronavirus did not take God by surprise. We will come through this season more than conquerers through Christ. Despite any circumstance, Jesus taught us, “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). As Paul wrote, "God hasn't given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, & a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Yesterday the national leadership for the Assemblies of God & our Tennessee District leadership asked all churches to abide by the guidelines suggested by our President that gatherings be limited 10 people until further notice. The District is going further by asking churches to cancel even small group meetings during this time frame. This is to contain and slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
I spoke with the church board last night & the following is what we feel is the right action: Out of love & care for our community, our church families, & those at risk, & out of respect for our authorities, we are suspending all church activities & services until further notice.
Suspending our services does NOT mean that we should suspend our relationship with God. For the following Sunday mornings (at 11am) & Wednesday nights (at 6:30pm), I will use Facebook Live to bring a message to our church body. This is new for me so please be understanding (& forgiving). Also, I would encourage you to take the time that you would normally be in church & spend it listening to worship music, reading God's Word, & devoting time to prayer.
This is a VERY difficult decision to make, but one that the church board & I feel is right. Because we are trying to limit our interaction with others, I would encourage you to NOT get together with others from inside or outside the church. The problem with this virus is that symptoms are delayed for up to 14 days. We don't want to unwillingly pass the virus to anyone (especially someone who is at risk).
If you do have to be out, use common sense & practice the measures that you are hearing on the news. With that being said, listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit & be alert for ways to minister to others. This is a strategic opportunity to minister hope. Let your light shine in the darkness.
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Pastor David Reinhard