|Dear TCA Church Family,|
Along with the majority of the country, we are all learning a a lot about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which has created much fear and very strong opinions. It is leading many of us to some obvious and practical questions: How will this affect our daily and weekly routines, if at all? How does it affect our ability or willingness to gather together or be in close proximity with other people? For us as believers, how does it affect our church life? At our Governing Board meeting last night, your church leadership discussed these things and have come to, what we believe is a balanced approach, which neither involves unnecessary panic nor dismisses the significance of the issue.
We want to keep you informed of decisions we are making in light of the current COVID-19 outbreak. TCA will continue to worship together each week as normal! Gathering for worship, fellowship, and encouragement from God’s word has been at the heart of our Christian faith for 2,000 years, and this will not stop us from continuing on! All regularly scheduled ministries will proceed as normal.
Here are the steps we will be taking to provide a safe place for you and your family this weekend and moving forward:cleaning and sanitizing our door handles, as well as high traffic areas and surfacesHand sanitizer will be made available throughout the building—feel free to use it generously!We will not be passing offering plates for the next few weeks. Rather, ushers will have plates available as you exit the sanctuary. You may also give online on our secure web site at tcachurch.com under the “donate” tab.” You can also follow this link at https://tithe.ly/give_new/www/#/tithely/give-one-time/152372. More and more people are making their donations in this fashion anyway. You can also mail tithes and offerings to 8464 160th St NW Clearwater, MN 55320Greet one another with a warm smile and “hello” instead of a handshake. We have encouraged our “official” church greeters to do the same (so please don’t be offended 😀).On Good Friday, communion will be served in a safer, more sanitary way.TCA Church will combat the fear and panic so many are experiencing with a spirit of hope and peace which comes from our Lord Jesus. As followers of Christ, we will display for our community a trust in God during this time. As some common sense practices, (and I am sure you have heard these before) you can help our church remain healthy by:Washing your hands frequently. This is still the best way to kill a virus!If you are feeling ill or have a fever, stay home. If your child is sick, keep him/her home until they are better. If you do choose to stay home, join us on line and listen to the message that is posted immediately following the worship service at http://tcachurch.com/tca-sermon-of-the-week/Pray for those affected by this virus, those providing medical care, our country and our leaders, and the parts of the world more severely affected.We will continue to closely monitor the situation as it evolves. If we do decide to cancel any scheduled event or activity, we will communicate with you immediately. However, we are not anticipating that at this point. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday as we have the privilege of worshipping our risen Lord together!!
Finally, as it seems in our world that fear itself is spreading even faster than the virus itself, let me leave you with what God says to us in His Word through the Apostle Paul: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7).
I love this meme I saw on Instagram this week from a fellow Christ-follower: I thought it was great timing since I am preaching on this very verse this coming Sunday:
(Christ over viruses and
Joshua 1:9- “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
God bless you all as we together stay fixed on Jesus,
TCA Church Governing Board