OUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19
Dear 7 City Church Family,
All of you are aware of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the impact it is having on our city, country, and world. In light of the precautions our city is taking in response to the virus, and after seeking counsel from other leaders, we have chosen to CANCEL our services on Sunday, March 15. Instead, we will livestream a service on Facebook Live. Simply visit 7 City’s Facebook page Sunday morning to tune at https://www.facebook.com/7citychurch.
As followers of Jesus, our response to such issues is not one of fear, but rather hope and wisdom. First, we respond with hope in Christ. Psalm 33:20-22 reminds us, “We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.” And because our hope is in Christ, we can have peace in the midst of the panic and fear.
The apostle Paul encourages us with these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). I want to encourage you to lean on your hope in Christ during this time.
Second, we respond with wisdom. We recognize that this is a serious matter, and it is having a devastating impact globally. Lives have been lost, and the virus has significantly disrupted multiple facets of life and society. The last thing any of us want is to see this virus continue to spread.
The leadership of 7 City Church takes this matter seriously. Therefore, we’ve chosen to cancel our services on Sunday, March 15. We are closely monitoring the news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) locally and globally. We are also checking updates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the CDC’s recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus by visiting their site at www.cdc.gov. We will provide necessary updates as needed and keep you posted via email and on our social media. Please be in prayer for our city, country, and world, and those impacted by the coronavirus.
Finally, let me remind you again to place your hope in the Lord. He is your source of peace. Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27).
- Pastor Stephen Blandino