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A video message from Pastor Luke on our Coronavirus response plan. 
Dear Open Door Church Family,

There are numerous opinions on how serious we should take this Coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic and what precautionary actions we should take. On behalf of the pastors and deacons of Open Door Church, I want to communicate our plan for moving forward. Our plan includes two emphases: health precaution and ministry engagement.

Health Precaution:
Per the recommendations from the CDC and local authorities, Open Door Church will not be holding Sunday services or any other public gathering until further notice. This is not an issue of faith but of health precaution for our community as a whole. Here is an article from Johns Hopkins Medicine that explains the basics of social distancing and self quarantine: (“social distancing,” “self-quarantine” and “flattening the curve” are showing up in the media. What do they mean, and how might they apply to you, your family and your community?)  

While we are to maintain our solid faith in the Lord, knowing that He has all things under His control, we are also instructed to exercise practical precautions when necessary.
I am reminded of this principle in Proverbs, “A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” (Proverbs 27:12 NLT) We should not live in fear but we should take necessary precautions when needed. 
We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds daily and communicate any other health precautions as we move forward through this time. 

Ministry Engagement:
Several years ago I posed these questions to our people: “What would we do if we couldn’t gather at our church building? Do we need this building to love God? Do we need this building to love each other? Do we need this building to reach the world with the gospel?” God desires for us to live in community and connection with one another, but even during this time of temporary social distancing we can still engage in the mission of the church.

We see in Acts 2:42 (ESV) "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." We are going to continue our devotion to the teaching of God’s Word. Fellowship can be translated joint participation and so we are going to continue to participate in the mission of the church through available means. We may have to “break bread” with only our immediate families for a few weeks. And we can all continue to pray! 
We also see in Acts 8:4 (ESV) "Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word." The believers were facing something they had never faced before, persecution and threat of death. They were dispursed from their normal gathering but it didn’t stop them from engaging in the mission of “preaching the word!”

We will not panic but we will take precautions. We will not live in fear but we will remain faithful to our mission.

Expect more detailed emails in the next couple days outlining plans for online sermons and information for the other ministries of Open Door Church.

If you, or anyone you know, are in need of assistance in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact one of your pastors or deacons.

I love you all,
Pastor Luke 
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