Moving Forward in Covid-19

Hello friends,
 
Many of our worlds have been flipped upside down by COVID-19. Regular routines and activities have been put on pause and postponed. Our government is declaring state of emergencies all around us, including our very own state-Iowa. With this comes some changes around here at Bethany Alliance Church.
 
We have been closely monitoring the situation by gathering information from the CDC, Iowa Department of Public Health, White House, and Iowa.gov. If you would like accurate and up-to-date information on the situation, we encourage you to check out these websites:
 
  1. The Center for Disease Control
  2. Iowa Department of Public Health
  3. The White House
  4. The State of Iowa
 

 

Following the state of Iowa’s prohibition on gatherings of 10 or more we have made the decision to play our part in helping stop the spread of the virus. Thus we are suspending all on campus ministries, activities, and events. This includes things like but not limited to Sunday morning worship service and Wednesday night student and children’s ministries. Our suspension of gatherings will remain in effect until further notice.
 
The great news is that we will continue to Livestream our services on Facebook every Sunday morning at 10:02. We are thankful that we took the steps a couple years back to begin livestreaming. It has prepared us well for such a time as this. We invite every one of you to continue to join us on our livestream starting this Sunday, March 22nd.
 
Connection continues to be one of our primary focuses at Bethany Alliance Church as we are called to “not neglect to meet together” (Hebrews 10:25). Moving forward, helping each of us connect will have to look a little different. But we believe that we have laid the foundation through our connection groups. We cannot encourage you more at this time to be in a connection group. Through our connection groups we will provide unique ways to gather and grow in the Lord. If you would like to find a connection group, please contact us, your pastors.
 
We know that these are trying times but let us not forget the truth we cling to that we were reminded of this past Sunday. Paul tells Timothy, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7). We do not need to fear for ourselves or the church because Jesus is our refuge. We must live with the sacrificial love that Jesus displayed in his life and death in order to help a hurting world. And we must live wisely taking into consideration the guidelines experts are declaring. Our prayer for each and everyone of you in these days is that you will be remembered as a person who really lived with a spirit of power and love and self-control.
 
Always here and always for Jesus!

Elder Team


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