March 13, 2020
Dear TCN Family,
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting much of our world and much of our lives. Wednesday night, President Trump announced new measures to attempt to respond to issues to what the World Health Organization is now describing as a pandemic.
Certainly this is on our minds and, as should be, our response to this problem before us. While it may not have impacted us personally at the time of my writing this, it certainly has impacted people across our nation and hundreds of thousands globally.
To me it seems without saying that recommended precautions from official medical and health leadership should be observed. This includes matters ranging from personal hygiene to the indoor gatherings of large groups to personal spacing and self-quarantine. In order to simplify, if you are ill stay home. Exercising good self-care will enable you to become healthy and will lower the risk of illness being spread. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If you must sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue and then throw the tissue away. Use a sanitizer with a minimum of 60% alcohol when washing hands is not available.
In regard to our Sunday ministries, until circumstances may deem necessary, our Sunday services and ministries will continue. As for our ministry events, there are steps being taken in an effort to minimize spreading illness.
Communion: When serving Communion we will provide prepackaged, individually wrapped Communion elements.
Greeting: When greeting people we recommend you greet each other with smiles and waves instead of handshakes.
Offering: We recommend you give your tithe and offerings online. Go to www.troynaz.net and click on the give tab and follow the prompts. Or you may choose to give through your bill pay link through your local financial institution. The offering plates will be at the back of the Worship Center as you leave, should you still desire to give through check or cash.
Inherent in the role of a pastor is concern for the well-being of our people. What I say and do and how matters. While I do not want to contribute to panic or undue fear, we should not be guilty of being (or appearing) to be dismissive of this significant issue. To respond thoughtfully and carefully in keeping with the direction of professional and governmental leaders is my recommended response and course of action. I, along with our Ministry Vision Team and staff, will continue to monitor our response and act as the situation may require.
Then, of course, let us remember who we are as the people of God. We are people of prayer and hope, so let us pray for those affected by this virus, both in our personal and public prayers. We proclaim and live in the assurance that “God is our refuge and strength, and ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
Yours for a healthy community and church,
Pastor Jeff Rollison