My Fellow Zionites,
In light of the global concerns regarding the Coronavirus, I have been closely monitoring the expert recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and WHO (The World Health Organization). This a rapidly changing situation. While there may be no confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in your local area, continue to be vigilant and follow the necessary protocol to protect yourselves and your congregations.
The reality is, we need to make every effort to limit the impact of this very dangerous virus on our communities. As autonomous congregations, a decision to continue holding worship services as usual is a local church decision. Subsequently, I strongly suggest that Pastors and Deacons pay attention to the advice from the CDC and your local government officials and make the changes necessary for the best interest of your local congregation. I DO NOT recommend that you continue “business as usual” as we face this deadly virus. My cabinet and I are ready to offer assistance as you may need as we navigate through this difficult time.
With this in mind I want to encourage ZION Churches to do the following:
Prayer is our ultimate defense of any threat against the children of God. Our faith is built upon the fact that we can express our concerns to Him and that He will respond in our favor according to His will.
This virus has proven to be contracted through human contact with other humans or objects. We must be vigilant in wiping down surfaces, changing our methods of greeting(smile, fist bump, elbow touch, etc) and covering our mouth when we cough. The most vulnerable populations are our elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
Pastors and Deacons should monitor the information and materials being shared by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and prepare for alternative ways to worship over the next few weeks. Consider rescheduling large events before the government mandates it. Explore ways for members to give electronically. This is the opportunity for The Church to provide a calm, peaceful voice in contrast to the often chaotic voices of the world.
#4 Trust God:
Be aware that we are facing a pandemic and must take reasonable precautions. However, as Christians, we should not Panic! For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Hermon Scott, Th.D
March 16, 2010