Because of the coronavirus pandemic, until further notice...
After much prayer and consideration, and in the spirit of doing our part to help “flatten the curve,” Lynn Garden Baptist Church has cancelled ALL activities (including private events) until further notice. We are praying, hoping and anticipating at least a limited schedule by Sunday, April 5th. With that being said, please note the following items:
- Pastor Rick will be in his office each day, Monday through Thursday
- The church office will be open from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day, Monday through Friday
- Sunday School will play a critical role in meeting the needs of our people. We encourage you to CALL (not text) at least two people that you normally do not talk to every week. It is imperative that we intentionally maintain, and even build on our relationships! Check on people and ask if they need help! If you or your Sunday School class cannot meet that need, call the church office and appropriate measures will be taken to try and meet that need.
- Just as your staff will continue doing ministry, Lynn Garden Baptist Church will also continue supporting our local, state, national and world missions. Since we will not be collecting an offering during this time period, we would encourage you to mail your offerings to Lynn Garden Baptist Church, 301 May Ave., Kingsport, TN 37660 or drop your offerings off at the office between the hours of 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.
- Finally, continue with your Bible reading, daily prayer and quiet times and lift this whole situation up in prayer!
How should we as Christians respond spiritually to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news of all is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of how fragile life is and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
The following 2 topics of information were obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
1. How can I better understand coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly updates the status of the coronavirus (COVID-19), including its relative risk, at cdc.gov/coronavirus.
2. How should I respond physically to the coronavirus (COVID-19)?
If you are sick with a cough or running a fever, or you have a compromised immune system in other ways, we encourage you to remain at home and/or seek proper medical attention. Please also alert your church family so that we can best help and support you.
If you are elderly or have existing medical conditions that might place you at higher risk in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we strongly encourage you to limit your interactions with others during these days. At the same time, we ask you to please let us as your church family know how we can best help and support you.
Regardless of age or medical condition, we encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:
- Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available;
- Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
- Staying home if you are sick;
- Covering your cough or sneeze;
- Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly