The Worship Center COVID-19 Response

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  UPDATE MARCH 18, 2020:

                                                                                                                                                 

Check back regularly for updates.

We will gather again once it’s safe for everyone.

 

The Worship Center Community Church will be CLOSED to everyone except essential employees. You will be able to reach church staff at 301-375-8655, Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 5:00pm. There’s also an answering service available 24/7 if after hours assistance is needed.

 

Due to church closure, we will be adding our first online video service to be available by Sunday, March 22nd, 2020. Please check-in to one of our online platforms to view our weekly Heavy Hitters Bible Studies and Sunday Services.

 

ONLINE SERVICES

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MINISTRY ACTIVITIES

Our Weekly Food Pantry will continue to be held, OUTDOORS, on Tuesdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Hand sanitizer will be provided before food is distributed, along with pantry volunteers will be wearing gloves to ensure cleanliness.

 

DELIVERIES

Deliveries will continue to be accepted to TWC on Tuesday-Friday between the hours of 10:00am to 5:00pm. DELIEVERIES MUST BE COORDINATED IN ADVANCE WITH OFFICE STAFF.

 

TITHES AND OFFERINGS

There is also the opportunity for your giving and bringing your TITHES, as well as using the Text to Give service that we already offer.

 

SAFETY PERCAUTIONS

For the safety of everyone, we humbly ask that you remain at home if you have any of the following symptoms and/or conditions:

 

  • Unwell or ill
  • Caring for someone who is unwell and/or ill
  • Compromised immune system
  • Cold and/or flu like symptoms

 

The Worship Center is praying for God’s healing and protection of everyone during this difficult time. May God bless and keep you during our time apart.

 

 

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020:

Hello Worship Center Family,
 
As the concerns regarding COVID-19 continue to rise, I want to share some thoughts and information on how we as a church are handling the situation. I also want  to offer encouragement on how we as individuals can respond to the pandemic in a way that contributes to the solution and does not perpetuate the problem.

First, a word about what we are doing to prepare and take precautions in our gatherings. We are holding all of our services at regular times. We will continue to be diligent in providing safe environments for our congregation every time we gather. During our services, we are modifying the way we receive the offering, and during the Greet and Welcome time, we are going to substitute big smiles for handshakes, fist bumps and hugs.  After each service concludes, our staff and volunteers will be wiping down all doorknobs, counters, and bathroom surfaces with disinfectant wipes. Additionally, all cafe volunteers who serve coffee will wear gloves until the risk of viral transmission subsides.

After each service, in all our children's ministry environments, our volunteers sterilize the surfaces along with toys. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols by not admitting any child to stay in our children's ministry environments with an elevated temperature (above 100 F). We ask that all children are fever-free for 24 hours before returning to these environments. You can help by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms.

While we want to be prudent in our response, we are mindful that the Cornoavirus remains most dangerous to our older population, especially those with underlying health concerns. We want to be vigilant and courteous to protect those most at risk. The primary advice still seems to be good common sense: WASH YOUR HANDS! We have sanitizers throughout the building. Feel free to use them. If you are symptomatic or think that you might be more at risk, we'd love you to join us online; we have podcasts available of every service. You’ll find these at by clicking HERE . There is also the opportunity for your giving and bringing your TITHES, as well as using the Text to Give service that we already offer.  

COVID-19 is causing significant problems in our country and around the world. We have ministry and missions partners around the world who need our prayers. Also, we want to remember our people locally who are gripped with fear. We want to handle this situation as followers of Jesus in a world that has trouble. I pray that we will experience His promised peace – a peace that that isn't contingent on the external factors that are in such turmoil.

The Scriptures teach us that we have not been given a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-control (See 2 Tim. 1:7). We have authority over our response to the panic and anxiety that is pervasive in our current culture. Jesus promised He would leave us peace, not as the world gives, but a peace that comes from God through His Spirit. He serves as our comfort and guide. His very Presence is with us.

One of the most important things to remember in the face of anxiety is that peace and self-control are not matters of will power, but rather fruits of God's Spirit at work in our lives. So, when you see the news and read the reports, use good judgment and common sense. But when you feel the fear and the anxiety rise within, take those thoughts captive and surrender them to God, Who will allow the Holy Spirit comfort your heart with  comfort that only He can give. May we live as those who are not subject to the whims and ways of this world, but instead, seek first His kingdom and take our cues from our King.

I know this is a disruption, but I also know this will pass. I look forward to seeing you this weekend as we gather and seek God’s face and commit ourselves to His love and protection.  

In His Grace and Love,

Pastor Steve
 

PS. Remember, you can always text your tithes and offerings by texting 301-637-0777, day or night. The first time you use it, there is a brief set up. From then on out, you just text the number and text in the amount.