Update #3 March 30th
ALL APRIL IN-PERSON EVENTS ARE CANCELLED/POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
UPDATE #2 MARCH 13TH 7:00 PM
Dear Capital Family,
Since the time of our email sent earlier today, news and events have progressed regarding the Coronavirus. The President addressed the nation this afternoon and has declared a “national emergency.” In doing so he asked “for the postponement of assemblies” and to exercise “an abundance of caution.” Your elders have been in dialogue even since the initial email went out and now think that even with the precautionary measures we have put in place, an “abundance of caution” requires that we go a step forward.
In light of this, we are canceling all worship services for the month of March, as well as all children’s events, student ministry events, and fellowship events this month. Pastor Grant will do a message on Facebook Live @ 9 AM the next three Sundays. The message this Sunday will directly address the Christian’s response to the Coronavirus. We are also canceling all ministry events and meetings this next week, March 16th – March 20th.
Thank you for your prayers and grace extended to us as we are dealing with this situation. We will be in constant communication via email and social media, and we are already brainstorming ways to minister to the people of Capital during these very interesting times. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact one of the pastors.
Let’s continue to pray for God’s protection, healing, and wisdom. We love you.
Capital Community Church Elders
UPDATE #1 MARCH 13TH 12:00 PM
Dear Capital Family,
On Wednesday morning, you received an email from the pastoral staff regarding our safety measures for Sunday worship services and ministry activities due to the impact of the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”). Over the past 72 hours there has been new developments and announcements regarding public gatherings, from sports to religious services, and the effect has been closures and postponing of those gatherings. Yesterday, our Governor and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommended to cancel or modify public gatherings of more than 100 people.
Our staff is monitoring the virus and are taking safety measures very seriously and have the congregation’s health, both physical and spiritual, as the highest priority. We will hold Sunday worship service this week (March 15th), and effective for this Sunday, and through the month of March, we will be following the precautionary measures listed below:
- Life Class and the Capital Café will be canceled.
- All student and children’s ministry activities will be canceled.
- We will have hand sanitizer at the entrances and exits of the sanctuary.
- All doors in the sanctuary will remain open, as to help stop the spread of germs.
- We will continue holding Capital Kids Nursey during the worship service.
- Offering baskets will be placed at the entrances and exits of the sanctuary and will not be passed during the worship service.
- We encourage you to not shake hands or hug during this time, and instead wave and use other appropriate ways to greet one another. This may feel stifling to some, but it is a way to love your neighbor. Health authorities have recommended that we use “social distancing,” meaning that we stay at least one meter away from others, which we can do comfortably in our sanctuary.
- If you are sick, it is imperative to remain at home, but please alert the elders so we can discern how to best care for you and your family.
- If you are elderly or have other health concerns, you should not feel bound to gather with the church as you normally would. This sickness seems to most acutely affect those who have weaker immune systems or other medical conditions, so we encourage you to act prayerfully and with appropriate caution. Please call any of the pastors to discuss this if you would like.
- The Men’s Retreat at The Cove has been canceled and rescheduled for this same week next year in 2021.
- If a cancelation of Sunday worship service does happen, we will inform you as soon as possible, and we will still provide ways to minister to you. Our pastoral team is praying through how to minister to the congregation if we cannot meet in person.
This Sunday, Pastor Grant will briefly postpone his sermon series in the Gospel of John and deliver an important message directly addressing the coronavirus and how we can best face this as Christians. This is truly uncharted territory for us in our lifetimes.
As Pastor Grant reminded us earlier this week, God orchestrates all this according to the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11), and we know “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling” (Psalm 46:1-3). As the people of God, let us pray for his protection and healing during this time. God cares and loves his people (Luke 12:7), and we can trust and have confidence that He is guiding our every step.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our pastors. We love you and will continue to pray for you.
Capital Community Church Elders