CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) RESPONSE
March 12, 2020
As the entire world is watching and concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to take a minute to let you know how Two Cities is responding.
Our pastors and staff are communicating with one another and actively monitoring any news that is reported, especially here in our community. You can expect to find important updated information specific to Two Cities on our website, so check back regularly for the latest information. As in all things, we are trusting God and actively doing everything we can to provide a healthy and safe worship environment in the upcoming weeks.
IS TWO CITIES GATHERING FOR SERVICES THIS WEEKEND?
No. Based on the recommendation of Governor Roy Cooper on March 12th, we will not be gathering for worship services or any public church gatherings for the next two Sundays after which we will reassess and communicate quickly via our website, email, and social media. We will take the situation one week at a time and keep everyone updated week to week.
However, Two Cities Church will be finding creative ways for us to continue to connect with one another as a church body throughout this season. Our hope is to continue to find ways to weekly bring God’s Word to you and opportunities for worship.
Additionally, Community Groups are encouraged to continue to gather with one another throughout the week. We encourage you to use wisdom where necessary and stay home if you are sick.
OUR SPIRITUAL RESPONSE TO COVID-19.
While the world around us responds to this threat with panic and fear, we choose to respond with trust and faith. Why? Because although this virus reminds us that sickness and death are certain in this world, we worship the One who overcame death itself. There is an empty tomb that proves death has been defeated. Our hope is not a “fingers-crossed,” “hope-for-the-best” mentality, but a faith-filled certainty that gives us joy and peace in times of troubles. May we not be overcome by fear in this moment, but may we choose to continue to trust the One who has given us life in and through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Perhaps you’re reading this and find yourself longing to know this hope we just described. The reality is it can only be found in the God who created you to know Him and love Him. He is the source of all life, joy, hope and peace. Unfortunately, our sin has separated us from Him, and its consequences are ultimately death, but God in His grace and mercy has made a way back to Himself. In His goodness, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to live a perfect life without sin and to die on a cross as our substitution. And the greatest news is that Christ did not simply die for us, but He rose victoriously from the grave, overcoming sin and death on our behalf, and now offers us life eternal by simply responding to Him in faith and trust.
If you’ve never responded to this good news by placing your faith and trust in Christ and His saving work on the cross on your behalf, then we hope and pray that today will be the day.
For those of us who have trusted Christ, times like these give us the unique opportunity to share the good news of the gospel. Take this opportunity to listen to the fears and concerns of your neighbors and co-workers, and comfort them with the truth of the gospel.
Two Cities Church takes this moment as yet another opportunity to represent the gospel to every man, woman, and child. May our God fill you with his joy and peace and use you to demonstrate and proclaim his gospel.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”