What You Need to Know

Updated Friday, July 10th

Dear POCC Family,

We know that these last several months have been some of the most unique and difficult in recent memory. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a new “normal” for the time being. Pastor Hattabaugh and staff have done our best to operate with a balance of faith and wisdom, courage and caution as we navigate these ever-changing times. We opened Sunday services with established social distancing guidelines well in place, and with much guidance from leaders in the various areas that would create a safe environment.

As you are likely aware, there has been a surge of COVID-19 cases throughout the country, and particularly in our state and region over the past several weeks. Unfortunately, we have had two POCC volunteers test positive for COVID-19, both of whom are and have been asymptomatic, over the past several days. For this reason, and in the abundance of caution, we will be doing online services, exclusively, for the next two weeks. We will use this time as an evaluative period to access how to move forward after the two-week period and will communicate with you any updates as promptly as possible. Also, we are and will continue working on having all Pastoral staff and platform/music ministry personnel tested for COVID-19.

The online service schedule for the next two weeks will be as follows:
Sunday 11am
Sunday 6pm

The decisions as of late have been made through much prayer, discussion, and counsel. This latest decision is perhaps the most painful of all. However, we know that you entrust us with the responsibility of making wise, if even very difficult, decisions. We deeply value that trust and thank you for continuing to trust us in this as well.

Thank you for working with us to ensure the safety of all of our POCC Family.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult, uncommon and inconvenient season.  Even though we may be out of our comfort zone, we know that God is still in control and working in this season!  We love each of you and look forward to seeing you soon!

 

 

  • Our Spanish translation of the preaching during our livestreams is still available to you from home. Download the “Interactio” app from your app store or go to interactio.io.  From the app or the website search for POCC to find our English to Spanish translation stream.

 

  • You can also request live prayer during our livestreaming services via our website. Go to the live tab above.  In the bottom right you’ll see a “Live Prayer” link.  We’d be happy to chat with you and pray for your request.

 

  • Offering: You can still give via our website and by texting POCC to 77977.

 

Prayer Request

If you have a current prayer request, submit it by clicking below and completing the form.  We will distribute all prayer requests to our prayer team.

Click here to submit a prayer request

Thanks and Praise Report

Even in the midst of difficult circumstances, we find that God often moves in surprising, unforeseen ways.  If you have a thanks and praise report please click the link below.  We’d love to read it and encourage others as well.

Click here to submit a thanks and praise report

Baptism Request

The church can still be the church even in these circumstances.  If you or someone you know would like to be baptized, please let us now by clicking on the link below and completing the form.  We’ll be happy to meet with anyone.  We don’t want to miss an opportunity to reach people who are hungry for God now more than ever.

Click here to request a baptism

God bless you all and keep looking up!

What We Know and Believe as Spirit Filled Christians

We Choose Faith Over Fear

The God we serve is not just our savior, but our provider and protector as well.  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Trust God

Viral disease is a fact of biological existence and part of creation. Keeping perspective and not panicking apply here, just as they do for all risks we face as creatures in a finite world. No matter how dire circumstances get, the Lord remains our refuge and strength, “an ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). 

 Ps. 91:5-7

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; Nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.

Ps. 91:10-11

10 There shall no evil befall thee, Neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. 11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways. 

Luke 12:25-26

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

John 14:27

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

John 16:33

33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

What You Should Do 

Pray

We must pray for the sick and the scared, for public health officials, for doctors and nurses, for researchers, and for caregivers. We know prayer has power, so we choose to respond in faith through prayer, not fear and worry.

Love Each Other

Even if a virus outbreak eventually prevents us from gathering for services, we still support one another. This can happen through prayer, through verbal encouragement, and through coming alongside others to provide help in need.

Call and check on each other.  Check on your neighbors. Love each other and pray for each other.  If we know of anyone in need, please let us know by reaching out to pastoral staff or the church office. 

Stay abreast of local health updates, but be sure to include encouraging material to keep yourself uplifted like scripture reading, worship songs, and online sermons.         

Additionally: 

  • Wash your hands frequently for 30 seconds using soap and hot water and encourage your family to do the same.
  • Use hand sanitizer often.
  •  Feel comfortable avoiding skin contact. We are a loving church.  While we love giving hugs, handshakes, and high-fives we will be refraining from that for the near future.  Try giving an elbow-bump, a big smile, or a friendly wave instead.
  •  If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
  •  Use a barrier, such as a paper towel or tissue, to touch commonly touched surfaces, such as bathroom door handles and elevator buttons.
  • Stay home if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, especially if you have a fever, are coughing or sneezing consistently or are experiencing shortness of breath.
  • If you’ve been directly exposed to a person with the Coronavirus or influenza, please self-quarantine yourself for 14 days according to the CDC guidelines. 
  • If you have recently returned from any type of international travel, you should also stay home and follow the CDC’s current 14 day self-quarantining recommendations.
  • If you are over the age of 60 or in close contact with anyone over the age of 60, please consider staying home and taking extreme precaution with this vulnerable age group.   
  • If you are ill, call your health care provider before visiting. Phone consultation may be adequate.
  • Avoid non-essential trips to emergency rooms, hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. If your loved ones are there, substitute in person visits for phone or video visits.
  • Please be certain your POCC Connect profile is updated with your current contact info and address.  This will help us to stay in contact with one another should anyone need assistance.   
  • If you would like to continue to support the church financially, you can do so by  texting POCC to 77977 or by visiting pushpay.com/g/coopercitychurch.  Thank you so much for your ongoing support.  

We love you all and are believing for protection and we’re looking forward to a speedy recovery for all impacted in any way!

Greetings to our POCC Family!

It is a high priority to make our church a safe, secure place for you and your family to worship and continue to be a place of refuge and support. Due to the ongoing concern about the spread of COVID-19, we believe it is prudent to exercise caution in a number of ways and wanted to communicate with all of our POCC family. The spread of illnesses like the flu and the Coronavirus is something we take seriously. In addition to the strong safety measures we normally follow, we’re taking extra precautions during this time to help keep you and your family safe and healthy.

How should we think about this as Christians? 

Panic does not drive our decisions; we exercise faith instead of fear[1]. The faith that assures us of God’s protection and healing[2], however, must stand in harmony with other Biblical principles[3]. The Lord charges us to consider multiple criteria when we make important decisions[4]. Single-factor approaches result in hasty responses and substandard decisions. As such, we have a responsibility to balance faith with wisdom, while applying the full Word of God[5].

Jesus commands us to love our neighbors[6] . . . and to love them well[7]. Our church members and local community represent our primary mission field.[8] We strive to protect them from dangers, seen and unseen, avoiding the optics of apathy.[9] Currently, 70%-80% of Americans do not support major social distancing protocol changes.[10] Scripture teaches us that all things are lawful, but not all things are expedient[11]. Immediately resuming our traditional schedule likely would result in inexpedient outcomes.

As such, we choose to respect the individual sensibilities of our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus[12]. We will exercise consideration toward brothers and sisters as they practice social distancing precautions, or otherwise.

Although the times are abnormal, social distancing guidelines do not place the church under persecution. They are understandably inconvenient for many. Current guidelines recommend that Christians merely follow those requested of comparative venues, such as theaters, gyms, malls, and sporting venues. We understand that some communities have experienced far overreaching civil mandates, which we continue to monitor. Should such an inequity arise locally, we will respond accordingly.

We understand that as individuals we have different views and opinions as to the current COVID 19 circumstances and our society’s responses to them.  We also understand that regardless of the reopening choices we make there will be those that disagree on both sides of the argument.  Some will likely feel we are reopening too fast and some will likely feel we are reopening too slowly.  All are entitled to their opinions on this matter.  We would be happy to discuss this matter with anyone who might like to.  We are certainly in uncharted territory and no one has perfect answers.  However, we would ask that whatever one’s opinion, we remember that our goal as a body is to strive for unity and connection.  We do now want to sow any level of dissent or disunity among the body, even if we may disagree.  Thank you for choosing to demonstrate a spirit of unity![13]

Guiding thoughts/premises

  • We are consulting with may during this season to determine the best time and way to reopen. We have prayed for guidance, direction and wisdom.  We have also discussed these circumstances with church leaders and we have spoken to an Industrial Hygienist and Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant.

 

  • Individual health needs and levels of comfort of church members will result in varying timeframes for re-engagement.

 

  • Our initial re-opening phases will follow a schedule that differs from our traditional schedule. We will limit some activities and suspend others, as practical.

 

  • Our current experience, while abnormal, is only for a season.[14]

[1] 2 Tim. 1:7

[2] Isa. 53:5

[3] Isa. 28:10

[4] Eph. 5:15; Luke 14:28

[5] 2 Tim. 3:16

[6] Mark 12:31

[7] Col. 3:23

[8] Gal. 6:10; Heb. 13:2; Rom. 12:13; Phil. 2:4

[9] Rom 14:16

[10] CBS News Poll, April 20-22, 2020¸ YouGov®, 2020.

[11] 1 Cor. 10:23

[12] 1 Cor. 8:9

[13] 1 Cor. 1:10

[14] 1 Sam. 21:6