Dearbon Covenant & Covid-19

6/10/2019

Dear Church Family,

“I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” (Psalm 122:1) “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)

We are excited to have the opportunity again to gather in worship and hearing God’s word and to see more and more the goodness of God and the freedom with which He has richly blessed us, both here in this life and in heaven. (Mt. 6:25-34; Eph. 1) We are happy to announce that we will have an outdoor Sunday service on June 14th. The Council will review on a weekly basis the conditions to determine when we can comfortably hold our services within the building.

Once we decide that we may gather comfortably indoors, these are the provisions we will observe for a time until we decide they are no longer necessary:

  1. The front doors will be propped open and/or managed by a greeter. The Restroom doors also will remain in an open position.
  2. We are providing two hand sanitizer stations in the building.
  3. Our building has been professionally sanitized throughout on both levels.
  4. Weekly cleaning now includes special attention to frequently touched surfaces especially doorknobs, light switches and counter tops.
  5. Handwashing and CDC signs are posted throughout the building.
  6. We have closed off every other pew to practice social distancing. The pews are also marked to help provide proper spacing between families. We ask that each family unit sit together to allow additional
    space for others.
  7. Children of all ages are encouraged to stay with their parents throughout the Sunday services, as no childcare and junior church will not be provided at this time. If needed, parents may take their children out of the service to the outdoor play area, which is open, and you must stay with them. A radio/speaker will be made available so that you may continue listening to the service.
  8. For the purpose of eliminating contact points, we will do the Offering and practice Communion differently for a time. You may place your Offering into a box/plate in the rear of the sanctuary either before or after the service. Communion servers will utilize the closed pew rows to serve each of you individually, eliminating the need to pass the Communion trays from person to person. We probably will use individually sealed communion sets.
  9. The bulletin will be placed in your seats prior to the service.
  10. The after-service fellowship will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Snacks, coffee and other beverages will be served to you by a gloved volunteer and we will not have self-serve snacks until further notice.
  11. If you don’t feel comfortable attending the Sunday morning service, the sermon will remain available on-line at the church web site DearbornCov.org
  12. Please use Common Sense.

    Until further notice, the 9:15 am Sunday School class led by Scott Cherry, will be held indoors following guidelines. The 3 pm class led by Jim Pederson is moving to 7 pm and it will continue to be held via
    Zoom.

    In conclusion, my dear brothers and sisters, allow me to close with this admonition from Scripture and to remind each one of us that we must remain focused on what the true goal is for our lives as believers.
    ‘But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
    “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
    think on these things.” (Phil 4:8)

    Yours in Christ
    Samuel S. Alvarado
    Church Chairman

3/18/2019

Federal recommendations are calling on everyone to limit their social interactions to groups of 10 or fewer, with the hope of keeping the number of people who need critical care at any given time low enough that our medical system can take care of them.

The Dearborn Covenant leadership team has decided that, as a church, we will follow this advice. Beginning this weekend, the following changes will be in place:

  • We will not be meeting at the church on Sunday morning for Sunday School or for our regular Worship Service.
  • One or more of the Sunday Schools are planning to meet digitally. We will post more details as they become available.
  • While we want to exercise caution, it is still vitally important to be connected to each other in the body of Christ. We encourage you to gather together in your homes to fellowship, pray, or listen to the latest sermon together.
  • If you need help or have any questions, please contact someone on our staff. Members of the church’s leadership team will continue their work as usual, both from the church offices as well as from home.
  • To support the church financially, mail your checks to the church office or schedule a payment via your bank’s Online Bill Pay section.

3/12/2019 – Letter to the church

Dear Church Family,

It is our sincere desire that you all are doing well and find yourself confident in the Lord knowing that all things, even what frightens the world, will work out for the good of all those who love the Lord and put their trust in Him (Ro 8:28). Remember that as a people who have come to love the Lord and put their trust in Him, we do not live in fear as the world does (Prov. 28:1; Psalm 1).

While we know that our confidence is sure and well founded (Prov. 3:5-8), the Lord still expects us to use wisdom and to walk with prudence and love. He also instructed to Church to do all things in order and to live with kindness and love towards all. (1 Cor. 14:40; 16:14)

The cold virus strain that began in China has spread to other parts of the world and one case has been diagnosed in Wayne County. As a body, we should take prudent steps to minimize the possibility of contagion. Our Sunday services will continue to be held. Due to the cancellation of classes by Dearborn Public Schools, however, as per our policy, we will not be having ESL classes until the Public Schools reopen their classes.

We have hand sanitizer available throughout the building. If anyone feels ill or has cold symptoms, it is only normal and charitable behavior to remain at home until you have recovered from the cold or flu. If you wish to refrain from shaking hands or any other type of contact behavior, please communicate that to others and no one should be insulted if someone would rather not shake hands or hug. Please remember that we have several members who have heart and respiratory conditions for whom a mild cold can become a deadly illness. Otherwise, if you are comfortable hugging and shaking hands, by all means, let us love and comfort each other with joy and happiness.

I will ask our greeters to man the doors so that we can reduce contact points and the bathroom doors will remain propped open for the same reason. We should all remember to wash our hands with soap and warm water and follow the same advice we give our children and grandkids about keeping clean and covering our mouths when coughing/sneezing. (“Don’t pick your nose, keep your fingers out of your mouth” Sorry! Couldn’t resist the opportunity to say something funny!)

Let us all continue to trust the Lord in all things and be completely confident of His sovereignty over all things, great and small. Soon, when the things of this corrupt world have passed away, we, who have been purchased by the Sovereign of the universe as His sole and prized possession, will gather before Him and celebrate, for He “will be with us forever” (2 Jn. 2). Amen!

Yours in Christ,
Sam

P.S. We’ll make sure that on Saturday afternoon the church surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant.