If you have been watching the news you may be like many people, and you are experiencing some anxiety about the situation caused by the COVID-19 virus (corona virus). First, let me say that while this situation should be taken seriously, it should not fill us with irrational fear, and certainly is not cause for panic!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:6,7.
So, first pray for God's peace to fill your heart, and that His favor will guide each of us in the days ahead.
The South Louisville Christian Church leadership is monitoring all of the credible sources of information: the CDC (Center for Disease Control); WHO (World Health Organization); Louisville Metro Government and the Kentucky State Government. We want to ensure we take the proper precautions, but at the same time that we do not over react by doing unnecessary things that cause needless anxiety. We will continue to evaluate all information, everyday, and update this page to keep you informed.
God's Best to You,
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
How can I help protect myself?
People can help protect themselves from respiratory illness with everyday preventive actions:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
Stay home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or, use a tissue,
then throw the tissue in the trash,
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects
and surfaces; and wash your hands!
WHERE CAN I GET INFORMATION?
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services provides specific information for people living in Kentucky. You may access this helpful inforamtion by clicking [HERE].
What is "social distancing,"
and why is it important?
It is important for you to stay connected to your church family and for your church to be able to communiicate with you! To do this we have the following options:
CallingPost Messages-- These are voice messages from the SLCC staff, usually Pastor Theo or Joey Davidson about importand issues, events or changes.
TEXT Messages -- These come to your cell phone as written messages similar to the daily "2@2" prayer reminder messages.
SLCC Website -- You know about it because you are on it now!
Online Services -- Each Sunday and Wednesday the service and sermon videos will be accessible on the church's website (www.southlouisvillechristianchurch.com) to allow everyone to still feel they are part of the SLCC service and family!
If you are not currently receiving these phone messages pleae advise the church office to add your phone number to the distribution list (you can discontinue any time you like). Call the church office at 361-2379, or email SLCC@mw.twcbc.com.
Finally, this might be a great time to get out your SLCC Phone Directory and call to check on some other members. You will be a blessing, and you will be blessed!
As always, if you have an emergency, call 911
and advise you need police, fire or EMS!
LATEST SLCC UPDATES:
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 -- After learning that Governor Beshear was asking places of worship to consider closing, the SLCC leadership decided to cancel the Wednesday Bible study, but because many of our friends and neighbors depend on the dinner, we provided Arby's sandwiches at the door of the church to those who showed up.
We will also be distributing food this Saturday (March 14th) for those who are scheduled to pick it up.
We will also be working to sanitize the Worship Center over the next couple of days. We will monitor the situation closely and will make a final decision by Saturday about holding the Sunday Worship Service. Members will be notified by "CallingPost" phone message (if you are not receiving these messages, please contact the church office and request to be added to the list. Call 361-2379, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 5:00 p.m. -- Kentucky Governor Beshear announced that he is recommending closing the state's schools starting Monday, March 16th, for the next two weeks. All school systems have now announced they will be closed, including the JCPS and Catholic schools of Louisville. UofL and KU had already announced extending spring break into April. The NCAA announced that the entire 2020 National Basketball Championship has been cancelled. Today there are three new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky, one of these is in Louisville.
Friday, March 13, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. -- At a special-called SLCC Elder Board Meeting to assess the current status and make necessary decisions to care for the Spiritual and physical health and needs of the SLCC members.
This matter was delayed until today to allow the elders to pray for God's wisdom and to consider information from the most credible sources. It was a difficult decision, but we are canceling SLCC services and events for a week beginning Sunday, March 15th. We feel if we err it has to be on the side of care for the physical and spiritual health of the people of SLCC. We will continue to assess this on-going situation and keep you advised.
Pastor Theo's sermon will be available for all to view together on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., with Jason providing music to help us worship together as a church family! While this will be a different kind of experience, with the help of God's Holy Spirit we believe it will be a blessing. God will be glorified and He will be pleased that we are worshiping together spiritually even though we are apart physically!
Finally, starting today and for the next few days the church deacons are serving in a new capacity, using disinfectant wipes and Lysol spray they are going throughout the building to disinfect all the high-touch surfaces.
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. -- SLCC did not gather at the church building to worhsip, but rather gathered online to worship in Spirit together. It was a 117 year first for SLCC! While the circumstances that required this are causing anxiety, there was a peace that fill each of us as we worshiped the God of Hope. Afterwards the YouTube stats indicated that 88 seperate IP addresses were logged on to view the service--this equates to 130-175 people who are joined together by something much stronger than simply being in the same place!
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. -- the SLCC elders agreed that Wednesday and Sunday services should again be cancelled. Both of these services will be made available on the SLCC website (the website will automatically open on the page where you can view these, along with additional information you may need). There will be no dinner this Wednesday at SLCC. If you have problems or needs please contact the church office byEMAIL, by calling 361-2379, or after office hour,s by calling theCARE-CALL line @324-7575.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 9:00 a.m. -- In his morning call to the church family, Pastor Theo asked that members begin calling one another each day to stay connected and ensure eveyone is doing well. You may do this by taking your church phone directory and praying for God to guide you to those who need encouragement. These calls will be a double blessing, for the one who receives and for the one who makes the call! "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thes. 5:11
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. -- Pastor Theo records his Wednesday night Bible study lesson so it can be posted on the church website for eveyone to view together tonight at 7:00 p.m. Learning online!--it is what all of the colleges and schools are doing! Don't miss this opportunity to learn together!
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. -- The SLCC family gathered "online" for Pastor Theo's Bible Study Lesson "Grow Up." Again, a much different experience than you may be use to if you are a regular attender. However, you will be excited to know there were "72" views of the Bible Study session on YouTube--this represents between 72 and possibly well over 100 people joined together. Pastor Theo was very encouraged by the desire of the SLCC family to be together Spiritually! (Also, there have now been 112 views of the SLCC Sunday service--this reflects 160 - 200+ individuals!). We are holding on to God and one another!
Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 10:40 a.m. -- SLCC gathers online to worship (the service had 143 views by the end). The church begins reading "Draw the Circle" by Mark Batterson, today is Day 1 in our scychronized reading.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. -- Tokyo Olympics officially postponed the 2020 Summer Olympics until 2021.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 7:00 p.m. -- Pastor Theo conducts online Bible Study from his office (to make the time more personal with the members of SLCC)--there were 69 views.