Last updated March 13, 2020, 10:52 PM. March 13, 2020, 10:52 PM Church Family, Things are certainly moving fast with the COVID-19 news. As just one example, we worked much of the day yesterday preparing an announcement on precautions we were going to take with our Sunday meeting only to have Governor Cooper ask North Carolinians to restrict public gatherings to less than 100 people. In light of this, we have decided to SUSPEND OUR SUNDAY GATHERING for the foreseeable future. This includes Sunday morning classes. We are doing this for two reasons, both of which fall under the category of loving our neighbor. First, we want to keep you as safe as possible and public health officials are clear that one of the main ways to do that is to avoid larger gatherings. Second, since the Governor asked us to restrict gatherings, we think being subject to the governing authorities in this matter (Romans 13:1) and being responsible members of the Charlotte community both in practice and example convinces us it is the right thing for us to take this step. Our controlling thought in all our decision making has been – not panic but prudence. This crisis of public health gives us a wonderful opportunity to love and serve one another and our community in a way that demonstrates to one another and to the world what the gospel and the church is really all about. Because we are firmly held in God’s hands, we can face this trying time with courage and faith. Although it’s a time to wisely shrink our lives, it’s also a time to generously expand our love and service! We will have more details coming tomorrow but as of right now here is what we are planning: 1. We are making arrangements to live stream our Sunday service in the coming weeks we are unable to meet. The feed will start at 10 a.m. as usual. Even though we cannot be together physically, we believe this will enable us to stay together in spirit and heart. Even though we cannot gather in the usual fashion we can and must still be the church! Tomorrow we will send instructions on how to join the live stream. 2. So we can continue to provide pastoral care, instruction, and encouragement, we will video a five-minute “devotional” each Tuesday and Friday until we can meet again on Sundays. We think this will provide another fruitful point of contact for us all. 3. We encourage smaller gatherings (Community Groups, Women’s Bible Studies, Discipleship Groups) to continue to meet at the groups’ and leaders‘ discretion. This will provide you times of personal fellowship and care. Groups may decide whether to stay on their current schedules or adjust to meet more often. Meeting in smaller groups makes it much easier to take appropriate precautions. So when you meet please take these wise steps: Most importantly, if you or any member of your household has had a fever, a cough, or has been sneezing in the last 48 hours please stay home from any gathering. - Please greet one another with kind words and smiles but refrain from shaking hands and hugs. - Make sure everyone is washing their hands thoroughly before and after the meeting. - Help the host family take appropriate steps to clean and disinfect the meeting place after the meeting. - Consider not having meals or snacks at your meetings. - Even with these precautions, we ask our older members or members with health issues to be even more cautious when considering taking part in any gathering. And please be particularly sensitive to and caring for such members. - Also, if you haven’t been regularly attending a Community Group, we’d encourage you to take advantage of this season to attend. 4. We will continue to hold Tuesday night prayer in the building. Finally, let’s be faithful in prayer. The greatest defense we have is our Heavenly Father’s steadfast love for his people and his common grace toward all men. “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7 So please join us in praying for: - His protection for Crossway, our sister churches and God’s people throughout the world. - Protection for all peoples in every nation. - Healing for those who have been infected. - Wisdom for our leaders as they work to contain and care for victims of the virus. - It’s possible that many will experience financial hardships due to this pandemic. Please pray for the Lord to protect and bless those so affected. - For evangelistic opportunities. Moments like this tend to get people looking for safety and security in this world. We have the ultimate answer to that search in the gospel! Thanks for your understanding and your prayers as we continue to monitor this pandemic and consider how to best serve our church family and community in this unusual and important time. With Great Affection, Your Pastoral Team March 13, 2020, 12:39 PM The 1-1-Six Youth Group meeting has been canceled for tonight, March 13. There are no plans to reschedule.