RHBC Coronavirus Response

 
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
According to the Center for Disease Control, Coronavirus is a respiratory virus that has been spreading globally since December of 2019. Symptoms can be mild to severe and appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Older people, and those with underlying medical conditions are more likely to develop serious illness. Most people will recover from this disease without needing special treatment. There have been confirmed cases in the state of North Carolina, but at this moment there are no confirmed cases in Iredell or Alexander County.
 
What RHBC Is Doing:
As a church, when we continue to gather on Sundays at 10 am for Worship and 7pm for Sunday School and Wednesdays as usual! We want to provide the safest environment possible to gather together as believers and worship Jesus Christ. There are already safety precautions that have already been in practice at the church such as regular throughout, weekly, cleaning of all surfaces and safety measures taken when handling
food. Going forward, these are some practical steps that are going to be in place until this situation is over:
– Instead of shaking hands or hugging as a form of greeting, we will all be opting for “knuckle touches”, air high fives, or simply a smile and a hello!
– Various hand sanitizers are placed within the church, in the worship center and in the lobby, please feel free to use them.
– Like always, if you are unable to join us for a worship gathering, a DVD is made by our production team and can be picked up or delivered to you if need be.
 
Should I Come to Church?
As a body of believers, we place a high priority on gathering together for worship and other activities, and we always want you to feel welcome at RHBC, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way you can love yourself and your neighbor, is to stay at home. If you need to stay at home instead of coming to a worship gathering, we encourage you to worship in your
home, and to know that we are praying for you, and if you need anything, contact the church and we will help to the best of our ability. If you are in an “at-risk” group and you do not feel comfortable coming to church, it is okay to stay at home. We do not want anyone feeling unsafe being in church. Maybe you have health conditions that put you at risk, it is okay to stay home – we are praying for you. Please do not feel like you have to put yourself at risk to be here, but we will continue to gather.
 
What We All Can Do:
State, local, and national health officials recommend that we all follow commonly advised health routines like:
– Washing your hands often with soap and hot water.
– Clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as your phone, computer, and other common surfaces.
– Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
– Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and if you are sick, please stay at home.
– Cover your coughs and sneezes.
– Share with those in need of basic sanitation items.
– Some stores are experiencing a shortage of items, so please only purchase what you need and share with others what excess you may have.
– If you or your family member is sick, running a fever, or feels achy, please stay at home and away from large crowds.
 
Our Living Hope:
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God; and guess what, God is still on the throne and this virus has not taken Him by surprise, God is still in control.
 
In addition to trusting in Jesus during this time, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
– Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
– Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
– Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
– Continue faithfully in prayer, so that the ministry of RHBC continues to thrive in the midst of this difficult period.
 
 
Psalm 34:4 – “I sought the Lord, and He delivered me from all of my fears.”
 
 
Trust in the Lord.
This virus has not shaken Jesus.
We can trust Him.