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PHBC and the Coronavirus

03.13.20 | News | by PHBC Elders

PHBC and the Coronavirus

[Updated on March 24, 2020]

Dear PHBC Family,

We pray this finds you well. As we all are now aware, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) a pandemic. Furthermore,  local schools and non-essential businesses are also temporarily closed in the wake of this pandemic.

We've also been strongly encouraged to limit any public gatherings to less than 10 people. We don't know when this pandemic will end, but it is important that we not contribute to the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) virus.

This news may tempt our hearts toward fear or anxiety, but God’s Word brings us comfort and peace.

Psalm 46:1-3
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah 

Psalm 112:6-8
For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. 

 

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Faith in God, however, does not remove the need for wisdom and appropriate caution. The elders have examined the situation and we offer the following counsel for Potomac Heights Baptist Church.

  • Our Sunday services (AM & PM) will be temporarily suspended until further notice. We are hopeful that it won't be long, but we trust the providence of God in this matter. We will continue our live streaming worship services on Sunday mornings at 10:30am until this crisis is behind us.
  • All of our growth group leaders have opted not to meet in person during this time. There are technologies that are available for small group gatherings (e.g., Zoom). We encourage you to make good use of modern technology during this time.
  • If you are elderly (60+) or if your immune system is in anyway compromised, we urge you to take great caution about going into public spaces. If there are items that you need, please contact one of the pastors and we'll make sure that you receive your needed items.
  • If you are sick or running a fever, please refrain from participating in any public gathering.
  • Please make good use of proper hygiene. Washing your hands is the best method to avoid contracting COVID-19 or the common flu.
  • Finally, if you are able, please continue to show financial stewardship to the church as we still have financial needs. You can go to our giving tab to learn about giving options in the church.

In Christ,
The Elders