After prayer, research, input, and meetings here is what we have decided to do for the coming weeks:
Midweeks and Sundays through the end of April we will be canceling all of our corporate meetings. We plan to provide live streaming communion or lessons instead that people can view individually. We will function as the body of Christ primarily through Zoom, Facebook and the website abqcoc.com in the coming weeks. We will be diligent to keep the website up to date, post updates on here, as well as keeping the small group leaders in the loop.
Finally, please remember that we are doing the best we can to consider all viable options in an effort to best love, serve, care for, and shepherd this family. We have never faced anything like this before and are doing our best to follow the Spirit, CDC recommendations for faith-based organizations, WHO guidelines for churches, and local authorities. We have looked over a number of published articles from these sources, gotten input from other church leaders about how they are handling this, and met as a staff/board to discuss how best to move forward. We understand that people within our congregation may have differing opinions on how the COVID-19 threat should be handled and we ask you all to remember Ephesians 4:2-6 and verse 19,
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all...
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."
Let us be kind, respectful, and considerate to those whose opinions may be different than ours and support the decisions of other, especially those who choose to remain home or take extra precautions during this time (it is not more brave or faithful to choose to still meet together versus staying home). Let us also keep comments and opinions that are not helpful for building others up to ourselves. Finally, let us "encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” (Hebrews 3:13) and still fight to be the family of God and the light of the world even though we may not be together in the same way over the coming weeks.