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Special Announcement Letter to the Church in Pleasant Hill re: COVID-19
The leading brothers in the church have been prayerfully monitoring the developments related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The United States, the State of California and Contra Costa County have declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19. Additionally, Contra Costa Health Services has issued an order to shelter in place, preventing us from gathering in-person to meet. During this time our responsibility is to pray and stand for the Lord’s interests (Eph. 6:10-20), to watchfully shepherd the flock of God (Acts 20:28), to love our neighbors as ourselves (Mark 12:31), and to cooperate with governmental authorities (Romans 13:1). As believers, we are a people who meet together, and we will not abandon our own assembling together, so much the more as we see the day of our Lord’s return drawing near (Heb. 10:24-25). Yet we must exercise foresight before both God and man for what is honorable not only in the sight of the Lord but also in the sight of men (2 Cor. 8:21).
We are announcing the following interim modifications to our meetings. They will remain in effect until April 7th.
1. Lord’s Day meetings will be held via teleconference. Instructions on how to participate will be emailed to you later this week.
2. Prayer meetings will be carried out by via teleconference or videoconference. Instructions on how to participate, including the prayer list, have been emailed to you.
3. Morning Sisters' Prayer and Bible Study, Thursday night Sisters' Bible Study and Friday night Working Saints meetings will also be conducted via teleconference or videoconference. Instructions on how to participate will be emailed to you.
4. We will continue with reading the Bible, the Holy Word for Morning Revival and the Life Study of Matthew. We encourage much more prayer and fellowship among all the saints by means that are safe.
We feel it is both sovereign and opportune for us to use these coming weeks to meet in different ways throughout the city (cf. Acts 8:4), and we expect the word of the Lord to grow and prevail throughout Pleasant Hill and surrounding areas (Acts 19:20). Let us all give ourselves to the Lord to freshly experience Him for His advancement during this time.
In addition to complying with the shelter in place order, we should also continue to use practices that can prevent or limit the spread of the virus. Contra Costa Health Services posted these recommendations on their website
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
For your reference, here are PDF's of the Contra Costa Health Services recent order to shelter in place and frequently asked questions about the order.
Given the amount of information that’s flowing across the internet, it can be difficult to determine what’s true and what is not true. We suggest that you look to the following organizations and their websites for current information:
The World Health Organization provides a global view of the outbreak.
The Centers for Disease Control is in the lead as our country addresses this outbreak; however, local authorities (e.g. county health departments) can always implement tighter measures depending on the local situation.
Contra Costa County Health Services is our local health department.
Johns Hopkins University provides up to date detailed facts and statistics.
We joyfully remind all the saints that our true residence is “a land which Jehovah your God cares for; always the eyes of Jehovah your God are upon it" (Deut. 11:12). Because we are practically joined to Christ as the reality of the good land and are enjoying His riches, God’s eyes are upon us continually, causing us to enjoy God’s presence and making us the object of His care.
If you have questions, please let one of the brothers know.