By now, you have heard that we are not holding regular Sunday morning worship services here at Mountain View, starting this Sunday, March 15th. I want to take a moment and let you know the reasoning and thought process behind this decision.
First, the decision was the result of many conversations and prayer. It was a unanimous decision of the pastoral staff, elders and deacons. We are not reacting out of fear, but being proactive. We want to care for those in our church whose lives would be put in danger by the COVID-19 virus.
Second, the disease is spreading. We want to be a part of slowing this down so our medical resources (hospitals, clinics and staff) aren't overwhelmed by the number of people needing care. Closing down our building for Sunday services and other weekly events will prevent some from being exposed to the virus. We believe that this is a way to show the love of Christ to our own and to our community.
Remember, this building is not the church. The church is you and the church is where you are. So what should the church (all of us) be doing right now?
- Pray - Ask the Lord to intervene. He has the power to stop this virus in its tracks. Cast your cares on Him, and thank Him in advance for what He will do.
- Connect - Call on people to see how they are doing. We live in an amazing age of internet and cell phones. Reach out. Remind people that they are loved and that God is in control.
- Share - Listen as people express their worries and fears. You have the Worry Vaccine, which is Jesus Christ. Be ready to share the reason for the hope that you have (1 Pet. 3:15).
We will be broadcasting a Sunday morning message at 8:30 and 11:00 through our live-stream page. Please take advantage of worshiping with us in this "virtual-church setting." This is just for the short term.
The church office hours are not changing. We are not going anywhere!