The Mission and Coronavirus

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03.17.20

 

Dear Mission Family,

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day,

 

Be encouraged, we are carriers of hope and now is our time to shine. Please read this email in its entirety. It contains important information for those of you who call the Mission home.

 

The issues surrounding the Coronavirus and our governments requests for social distancing continue to evolve. Though we do not react from fear but have our faith firmly in God, it is important that we as a church community respond appropriately for the health and safety of our broader community. Therefore, we have made the following adjustments to our meeting schedule.

 

  1.    1.  Since the President has requested there be no gatherings larger than 10 people for the next 14 days, we will honor that request and cancel all scheduled meetings until April 5, Palm Sunday. As of now, we plan to resume our Sunday gatherings on that day with a great celebration. 
  2. During our regular Sunday service times over the next two weeks, we will be posting a Facebook and YouTube live service which will include worship and a message. If you need help connecting on one of those platforms, please go to our livestream page for instructions.
  3. Our church office will be open as normal. In this way we can be quick to respond to ongoing needs of our church family. Our staff is using this time to connect with their department influencers and strategize for the future. Our office hours are 8:30am to 4:00pm Tuesday through Friday.
  4. Starting Monday, March 23rd, and ending on Easter Sunday, April 12, I will be releasing through this email a chapter each day of my book, 21 Days of Hope, a Daily Encounter. Each chapter has a hope message, activations, and scripture meditations. Along with the book chapter, you will also receive a short video encouragement from me each day.
  5. I encourage your continued faithful giving of tithes and offerings during this time of restricted public meetings. As supporters of The Mission and its ministries we declare that our trust is in the economy of heaven and we are confident that whatever we sow into the Kingdom will produce a harvest in the giver and the field in which it is planted. You can continue to give online; mail your giving to 6391 Leisure Town Road; or drop  your gifts off at the church office.

 

It is critical that we stay connected and be a source of encouragement to each other. This is not our time to withdraw or stop dreaming. In fact, it is our time to radiate hope, live by faith, and find ways to demonstrate love to everyone around us. We are a no fear zone, and we stand in the name that is above all other names.

 

Over the next couple days I will be keeping you informed regarding creative ways we can stay connected and any updates on changes in meetings following April 5th. If you have questions or concerns regarding a department or ministry you are involved with, please contact your department leader.

 

I am honored to be with you in this season.

 

David Crone

Senior leader

03.13.20


Dear Mission Family,

 

As you are aware, the coronavirus continues to be a topic of concern in the world. I want to take a moment to address some of the current issues surrounding this global-wide concern. Thank you for taking the time to read this update.

 

First, let me again declare that we are a no-fear Zone. It is true that Fear now has a name – coronavirus. However, hope has a name too – Jesus Christ, and His name is above every other name! We choose to stand in the authority of His name and allow hope to determine our life flow.

 

Second, we are committed to respond with wisdom to the needs and requests of our broader community, and to cooperate with those in leadership in our nation and state. On Wednesday evening Governor Newsom released a statement requesting the cancellation, through the month of March of all non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people. With a desire to honor the heart of the Governors request we are responding in the following manner.


  1. We will maintain our normal weekly schedule of events at The Mission. Since our main auditorium, children’s facility, and teaching venues are large enough to allow people to determine their personal space, we believe we can cooperate with the spirit of the Governors request, keeping those in attendance safe. Those who should not be exposed to groups of any size at this time are encouraged to stay home and connect with The Mission community through Facebook or YouTube.
  2. We will monitor the level of attendance in all of our facility. If a crowded situation develops, we will make needed adjustments. This may require dismissing a meeting or moving it to a more spacious part of our facility.
  3. We will continue to be vigilant in creating a clean and safe environment for people to gather, worship, and encounter God.

 

Thank you for standing strong in faith and being distributors of hope to the people around you. If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance as we pass through this season, connect with us through our website at www.imissionchurch.com or our Mission Church Facebook page.

 

I love being on this journey with you,

 

David Crone

Senior leader