Dear Church Family and Friends,
In the last few days and hours, there have been several developments, both at the national level and now at the state level, regarding the COVID-19 virus. I’d like to take a moment to address how we, as a church, are choosing to respond to these developments.
The very first message I want to convey is that none of what’s happening is any surprise to God. Jesus tells us, in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” God is still on His throne and He’s still very much in charge and in authority over this whole situation. Therefore, we need not live in fear. While we’re taking every precaution to ensure the safety and well-being of our church family, at this time we’re going to continue meeting on a weekly basis, both in our corporate worship service and in our various classes/Bible study groups throughout the week. God’s word encourages us, in Hebrews 10:25 to not neglect our meeting together, but to encourage one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. During this time of fear and uncertainty, we want to continue encouraging others to place their faith, hope, and trust in the Lord. The New Mexico Heath Department’s “Public Health Emergency Order to Limit Mass Gatherings” does make exception for places of worship. So, as long as we’re able to do so, we’re going to keep our doors open and our ministries active to our church family and our community.
That being said, we’re following CDC recommendations to take proactive steps to help protect our people in the following ways:
- In addition to our regular sanitation procedures, we’re adding extra wipe downs and disinfecting our high traffic areas more frequently.
- The Kid’s Ministry is taking similar actions by having kids wash their hands when they arrive at church and before they leave, as well as closely monitoring for any symptoms of sickness among our children.
- Please wash your hands with soap and water, thoroughly, for at least 20 seconds. If you forget or are not able to wash your hands, there will be hand sanitizing stations at our main entrances for you to use.
- We’ll be modifying and adjusting, as necessary, the way we facilitate corporate expressions, i.e. Greeting, Offertory, and the Lord’s Supper and to increase the distance between people in group meetings to reduce the spread of germs.
- For further ways you can protect yourself, please check out the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and New Mexico Health Department.
If you are not feeling well or might be at risk for developing viral pneumonia, we want to encourage you to join us for corporate worship, via Livestream, at Hoffmantown Online on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. You can also continue to give your tithes and offerings here: Give Online.
Finally, the best and first thing we should do is pray. Philippians 4 exhorts us to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Let’s be faithful to lift up in prayer everything of concern to the Lord and He will be faithful to grant us the peace that passes all understanding. Thank you, Church family, for your help and your prayers.
In His love,
Pastor David Hopkins
Acting Sr. Associate Pastor