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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; Nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; Nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, And ten thousand at thy right hand; But it shall not come nigh thee.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 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.