MARCH 13, 2020
The time has come for our church family to formally join the national and local response to COVID-19, the coronavirus impacting our world in recent weeks. Our pastors and Advisory Team have been actively monitoring the situation and prayerfully deliberating the best steps to take as things develop.
Beyond the obvious concern for those most at risk, city officials have also expressed concern that a rapid increase of patients could overwhelm the local healthcare system. Officials have therefore recommended that gatherings of over 250 people be canceled or postponed, gatherings involving close contact be postponed, and seniors and those with high-risk health avoid such gatherings.
These are heavy recommendations for a church family whose regular meetings provide such rich fellowship, spiritual nourishment, and opportunities to serve one another. As Christians, our hope is in the Lord, not in statistics or countermeasures, and we all know how consistently we’re called to swim upstream in our society.
However, our Christian faith does not render us invincible to sickness or independent from the concerns of our broader society. As ambassadors for Christ, we want to be the very best neighbors and citizens, serving our fellow man and honoring our authorities and acting in solidarity with our communities as wisdom and courtesy dictate.
For these reasons, we have decided to cancel our service this Sunday, March 15. The church building will also be closed through Saturday, March 21, with no events in the building next week. We do encourage everyone to join together online this Sunday at 10:45am for a special message at www.bridgepointbible.org/live.
Obviously this is a developing situation, so we’ll continue sharing our next steps as further information is available. We are contacting all our ministry leaders, including our Life Group leaders, to make unified decisions about these smaller gatherings. We are also creating this webpage for COVID-19 updates, discussing ways to serve those in need among us and around us, and seeking creative solutions for the various disruptions we may experience.
I’ve known you all long enough to know you’ll respond to these events with faith, wisdom, prayer, and good cheer, and together we’ll continue taking things day by day, trusting that God’s mercies are new every morning.
Pastor David “Gunner” Gundersen