Dear chapel family,
We are disappointed to announce that we will be canceling all services and meetings at the chapel this weekend including our men’s breakfast and the ladies craft day. This has not been an easy decision to make and like you, we are stunned by the sudden canceling of so much that seems routine in our daily lives. Weekly fellowship around the Lord’s table and the study of his Word are precious gifts that we hate to do without.
The reason for this measure is to align ourselves with the broader community which is invested in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) a highly contagious and deadly disease. The Champaign County Health Department has recommended that public gatherings be limited to no more than 50 persons and many groups and organizations have committed themselves to following this guideline. Among them are the University of Illinois, and most of the larger Evangelical churches in our city.
While we could continue to meet, doing so might endanger our older population and is quite possibly irresponsible. We want to err on the side of acting wisely, with care and concern for our friends and neighbors.
We are not certain how long this measure might last but we pray it will be short-lived. In the meantime we know we are not alone. God is not surprised and He is calling us to grow and mature. When the times are uncertain we are reminded that our only true security rests in Him. We will be thinking and praying about how to continue our ministry as a church; sermons may go on line and smaller gatherings may be encouraged. Whatever is decided we’ll be sure to post on our website or follow up with further emails.
Please stay in the Word, be encouraged and reach out to your brothers and sisters in Christ. We can still function as a church even with limited meetings.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the AlmightyI will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.. Psalm 91:1,2
Warmly in Christ,