Corona Virus Update & Information

 

INFORMATION ABOUT UPCOMING SERVICES AT SECOND BAPTIST

In light of the Governor’s executive order of no gatherings larger than 50 people and the President’s strong suggestion of no gatherings larger than 10, we have decided that we will not gather this week for worship on campus. However, we will not cancel worship, but we will live stream our Sunday’s service at 11:00am. I want to encourage you to gather as a family in your homes as we gather as a church family together. If you are unable to join us at 11:00, the service will be available on-demand through the website or the church app.
We are recording the LifeGroup lesson and it will be available online for you to study along with the entire church. There are several LifeGroups that have decided to use different video conferencing platforms. I would encourage you to meet as LifeGroups and use technology in order to connect together. This week’s lesson is from Romans 3:21-4:3 and is entitled “Justified”. 
Our Children’s Ministry will also provide children’s worship online and our Student Small Groups will be meeting together using Zoom.
Many have asked what are some ways that I can give my tithes. There are several ways to do that:
  1. Bring it by the church office.
  2. Mail your checks to the church.
  3. Go to our website.
  4. Automatic draft/bill pay from your banking institution.
  5. Use the Church app.
  6. Text “give” to 803-281-4002
Many of you have expressed concern about the church’s finances through this season. I want you to know that I have complete faith that God will provide. I also have great confidence that we will rise to the occasion and support the ministries of the church. Please know that your staff is working diligently to find ways to ensure the gospel is being shared!
Our midweek activities will start again when Lancaster County Schools resume. As the situation changes, we’ll use this news post to share any updates about the effect of COVID-19 on our services. 
Finally, know that your church staff is here for you and that we love you and miss seeing all of you. Remember that our hope is in Christ, not in this world. We have received “a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).

HOW CAN I SERVE THE COMMUNITY? 

One of the best ways to help us love our community during the spread of illness is simply to be a good neighbor. If you live beside or are in close contact with families who have high-risk individuals in their homes, reach out to see if they need anything. Simply look for ways that you can be salt and light in the coming weeks, and commit to praying for our community and leaders.

Another great way to help your neighbors is practicing common-sense health routines yourself. Wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer after you touch shared surfaces, and stay home if you’re sick.

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE 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.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)? 

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is another 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 in all the world 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.

In addition to trusting Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Trust in God. He is good and sovereign. He is the 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.
  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
  • Continue to faithfully give financially online here or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
  • Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.

Finally, remember that we serve a sovereign God who instructs us not to live in a spirit of fear. God is good, He’s faithful, and we know that He’s still at work all around us.

Let’s continue to be the Church and walk with God together in the days ahead. We will keep you updated should our schedules and plans change in the coming weeks.