Since corresponding with you earlier this week, things have rapidly changed with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Gunnison County. Yesterday the County conducted a meeting to notify the public of a new standing public health order that is part of the response to the Governor’s declaration of a state of emergency. This order will have an effect on much of community life in this area for several weeks as officials seek to diminish exposure to the virus in an effort to reduce the number of people who might contract it, thus reducing the impact on the healthcare system. Below you will find specific information about our plans for the coming days and weeks. Please continue to follow the commonsense recommendations intended to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.
CCG Events Cancelled
Through Apri l 8
Based upon the County’s Public Health Order, any gathering of more than 50 people is prohibited. Thus, in an effort to cooperate with efforts to reduce the impact of the coronavirus we are suspending all Community Church services, meetings, and gatherings through April 8.
Please know that this decision was not made easily, but it has become for us a part of loving our neighbor in order to promote the safety of the people of our church and community. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call the church office at 970-641-0925.
Sunday Morning Services
Will Be Broadcast
Though we are canceling Sunday morning in-person services, we will continue to have weekend worship! With the efforts of staff and key volunteers, we will be having a service in the sanctuary, but without a crowd present. Every aspect of our weekend service will be the same as it is each weekend, and it will be available to you via three media options:
- Radio Broadcast – 98.3 (real-time)
- Audio on Web – ccgunnison.com (uploads immediately after service)
- Live Streaming Video – YouTube (enter Community Church of Gunnison in the search)
- Giving can be done by on the homepage of ccgunnison.com, click the donate button.
- What about LifeGroups/Bible Studies/Ministries?
Until April 8th, ALL Community Church gatherings that meet at the church building are canceled. This includes Adult LifeGroups, HS and MS Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Jesus League after school program.
WHAT MORE CAN WE DO?
Finally, I would just like to reiterate the word of encouragement I shared earlier in the week. Let’s pray for our city, nation, and world… there is a great deal of anxiety, panic, and fear affecting people’s lives at this time, and there will also be economic hardship resulting from the necessary steps being taken. Yet, we are not without hope. We serve a Sovereign God, and we have the assurance of Christ that we rest safely in His hands. “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).”
- We can and should pray. We need to pray for those who have contracted the virus and also for the families of those who have already lost their lives. We need to pray for officials at every level as they labor to stem the tide against the spread of this virus, and for healthcare professionals who are providing care and searching for a treatment. Finally, please pray for the leaders of our church as we labor to continue ministering to the needs of our own congregation during this time of challenge.
- We can do our part. This means not only understanding the challenges that our officials are up against in attempting to combat this health crisis, assisting by cooperating with the measure of “social distancing,” and we can strive to continue sharing the good news of God’s grace in Jesus leveraging our resources and technology.
- And rest assured, we will show compassion and care as opportunities present themselves. We are in no way retreating. Rather, in the spirit of Christians throughout the Centuries who have moved not away but toward suffering, sickness and even death, we stand ready to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our City as we have a reputation of doing. Let’s be cautious and careful, but let’s also live with bold assurance because of the hope we have in Jesus… and, let’s be ready to share! As Peter wrote, “always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).”