A Message from Pastor Doug
Dear CBC Family,
As you all know by now, the coronavirus pandemic has brought some radical changes for our nation and our world, changes which continue to shift by the hour. As we want to do all we can do to avoid infecting one another as well as seeking to honor those whom the Lord has placed in authority over us, all meetings and activities of more than ten people have been suspended at the Covington Bible Church until further notice.
This does not mean, however, that our life a church will grind to a halt. We will continue to move forward in delivering God’s truth through Christ’s love, as we teach His Word, encourage one another, reach out to those in need, and share the good news of Jesus Christ in our community and in communities far away where we have sent our people out.
Starting this Sunday, we will begin meeting together online at 10:30 where the morning message will be streamed through our website. To access the message, click on the "Sermons" link above and then scroll down and the latest message will be there at the top. Just click on the arrow and you will be able to hear that message, which will continue to be available throughout the week.
For Sunday evenings, we are going to try to set up an interactive video conference-style Bible study as we continue in the book of Hebrews. We will be trying to get that set up this week and will let you know how to access this as soon as possible. This week's Wednesday night prayer meeting has been canceled for Megan and Peter’s wedding. We will be considering the possibility of meeting in small groups to pray, but that will depend on how the situation develops in seeking to contain the spread of the virus. Small groups can continue to meet as long as they do not exceed ten people.
Reaching out to one another
We don’t know how long this will last, so it is vitally important that we stay connected to continue and continue to encourage one another, as well as being aware of those who may be in need. The elders have updated lists of our members along with others who regularly attend our church, and they will be seeking to keep in touch with the members of their groups. If any of you are in need of groceries or some other errand that needs to be run but cannot go out yourself, contact your elder and he will try to arrange help for you. You can also call here at the church as Brandon and I will continue to keep regular office hours.
Some people have asked about giving their offerings. During this crisis, our missionaries will still need to receive their financial support, and many of the church’s local ministries will continue. Checks can be sent to the church as Jan will continue to come to the office two or three times a week to process them. CBC’s mailing address is:
Covington Bible Church
2140 S. Carpenter Drive
Covington, VA 24426
Offerings can also be brought to the church campus during office hours. We would encourage you though to call first just to make sure someone will be here. We are also looking into the possibility of making it possible to give online, and we will let you know as that develops.
At our annual meeting, several projects for improving our church campus were approved by the congregation, and these will continue to move forward. Some of our people are outside spreading mulch as I write this. One of the benefits of not using our building for a while is that it gives us an opportunity to accomplish things that might be disruptive at other times. Also, we are planning to do a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the building while it is not in use. If you would like to help with one of these projects, just let us know so we can schedule these workdays and make sure that we do not exceed ten people.
Most of all, let’s keep our eyes on Jesus, and remember the words Paul wrote to the church at Rome. I challenge us all to memorize them, so we can repeat them together when we are able to all meet together once again:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:35-39 (ESV)
With much love,
Pastor Doug and the leaders of the Covington Bible Church