We have been living under the threat of the COVID-19 virus for over two months now (although it seems like two years). The initial anxiety and uncertainty have given way to isolation and fatigue of hearing more bad news everyday.
We miss the little things that we used to take for granted . . . warm hugs and handshakes, friendly smiles, sitting down with friends and family, and being together to worship as God's family. Our world is now filled with social distancing, wearing personal protective gloves and masks, and confusion.
God's message to us is still the same, "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. Everyday--pray for God's peace to fill your heart, and the hearts of everyone. Pray for those who are risking their lives to save others. Pray for our government leaders who must make the right decisions again and again. Pray about everything!
The South Louisville Christian Church leadership is monitoring all of the credible sources of information: the CDC (Center for Disease Control); the office of Kentucky Governor Beshear; and Louisville Metro Government. The latest question on the minds of many people is "When will things reopen?" We are carefully monitoring this issue as it relates to churches, and will be providing information in the near future. However, we will only be doing what can be done safely, while protecting everyone, including the most vulnerable members of SLCC. If you have any questions, please call the church office during business hours, or call any one of the elders.
Your SLCC Leadership
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
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for
at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap
and water are not available,
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,
Wear a protective mask and gloves whenever you are in public or with people (your personal protective equipemt),
Say at least 6 feet away for others (social distancing),
If you think you have been exposed to someone who is infected with with the COVID-19 virus, self-quarantine yourself away from others for 14 days and call your doctor,
Stay safe, and keep others safe!
WHERE CAN I GET CREDIBLE 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?
to God and One Another
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 about importand issues, events or changes and encouragement.
TEXT Messages -- These come to your cell phone as written messages similar to the daily "2@2" Sripture messages.
If you are not currently receiving either of these two phone messages, please call or email the church office with you information and advise them to add you to one or both services.
SLCC Website -- You know about it because you're on it now! We are adding new features--click on all of the tabs to see what is here!
Online Church 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! Wednesday Bible studies with Pastor Brian will cover the Book of Hebrews.
Giving Online-- We now have the means to accept online giving of your tithes and offerings--look under the tab GIVE!
Facebook -- SLCC now has a Facebook page, where you will be able to interact with posting from the churh and her ministers!
Connecting -- Finally, this might be a great time to get out your SLCC Phone Directory and call to check on some other members. Call someone you know, or even better, call someone you do'nt know and make a new friend! 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!
COVID-19 STATUS BY STATE
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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.
Sunday sermons will be available for all to view together on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., including 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. -- Members as asked to 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. -- Wednesday night Bible study lessons will 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.
APRIL 2020 - Elder Board and Staff conduct daily Zoom conference call meetings to evealuate and meet the changeing needs of the church.
Monday, Apri 6, 2020, 5:00 p.m. -- SLCC's plans to conduct an Easter Sunday Drive-In Church service had to be cancelled due to safety concerns from health officials.
Thursday, May 7, 2020, 5:00 p.m. -- COVID-19 peaks in Kentucky and Phase 1 of the re-opening began with manufacturing, construction, auto sales, etc. It is intended to be a slow, careful process to see if activites can be increased without reversing the coronavirus' infection downward trend. On Monday, May 11th Governor Beshear is to outline guidelines for churches. The SLCC leadership will examine these guidelines carefully, and develop a plan to meet or exceed the requirements to protect the safety of our members. This may mean that we decide not to begin meetings at the first opportunity, but err on the side of caution to open safely however long that may take us.
COVID-19 PEAKS IN KENTUCKY
Friday, May 8, 2020 @ 11:30 p.m. -- A Frederal court judge ruled that Kentucky Governor Beshear cannot restrict churches from meeting and that Kentucky churches could resume meeting this Sunday, May 10th.
In a statement about the ruling, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said, "I encourage all houses of worship to prayerfully and carefully consider when it is the right time to resume in-person services consistent with health guidelines. Although these rulings protect the religious liberty of Kentuckians, we must continue to do our part to protect the health of our fellow citizens by reopening carefully,"
As stated in the privous post, the SLCC leadership will be evaluating the overall situatoin to determine the appropriate time for the SLCC family to gather for the first time. There are a number of things that will be weighed in making this decision--which will not come without a good deal of prayer, asking God for His favor and blessing.