Thursday, March 19, 2020

Covid-19 Response, March 17, 2020

Good Morning Crossroads Family,

I am writing a message I never thought I would. The Governor of New Hampshire has recommended, along with the CDC that all scheduled gatherings of ten or more people should be suspended. With this in mind CrossRoads Church will be suspending all services and group meetings for at least the next two weeks. This includes all Bible studies, Youth Group, prayer meetings and Sunday morning services on March 22 and 29. By April 1 the Elders will reevaluate the situation and act accordingly.

2 Timothy 1:7 says, "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control."

We are not suspending our gatherings out of fear because we know that if the Lord should take us by the Corona virus we will go to be with Him. We are not continuing our services out of power because the government cannot deny us our right to assembly. We are suspending our gatherings out of self-control by exercising wisdom and submission to governing authorities for the good of our church family and community as a whole.
It has always been our goal to make and mature disciples together as a family and if we must be apart we will do it together. During this difficult time we must go above and beyond to stay connected through phone calls, emails, texts, and messages.

Over the last few weeks CrossRoads Church has been using Facebook Live to share our sermons with anyone who has liked the CrossRoads Church Facebook page. I hope it has been a blessing. We are going to continue to provide this service at 9:37 Sunday mornings in hopes that all can still benefit from sound teaching and worship since we cannot be physically present together as a family.

Giving is also an important part of our worship and is necessary for our continued ministry, you can visit our website and give online or mail your contributions to CrossRoads Church PO Box 576 West Ossipee, NH 03890.

Martin Luther Wrote:
You ought to think this way: "Very well, by God's decree, the enemy has sent us poison and deadly offal. Therefore, I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely."

In the meantime, until we can meet again, wash your hands, and love your neighbors even if it means keeping your distance.

Trusting in Christ and missing all of you,