All events and activities scheduled in our facility from today through March 29 have been canceled. We believe this honors the recommendation of President Trump yesterday when he asked for there to be no group meetings larger than 10 people for the next two weeks.Church services will be streamed online for the next two Sundays (3/22 and 3/29) and all meetings at Cornerstone are suspended. The staff will be on a rotation at the office to receive mail, maintain operations and manage any emergencies. Pastor Mark and I were on a video conference call today with 85 Colorado Baptist pastors discussing best practices and brainstorming ideas for ministry during this period. We will get through this together!
We will continue to get you timely information and present opportunities for ministry via email and our website. If you are aware of any specific needs of our members, please don't hesitate to email the office ([email protected]). We are mobilizing our deacons, Sunday school classes, and several other volunteers to help.
As we navigate these uncertain and unprecedented times, join us as we continue to pray for our country and our church.
In careful consideration and discussion with our Leadership Council and security team, the measures advised by Governor Polis, and out of an extra abundance of caution regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) , we are canceling Sunday services (and classes) tomorrow, March 15, 2020. President Trump has also declared tomorrow as a National Day of Prayer. Let us ask for God's protection and strength during this time of uncertainty.
As you may have suspected by now, the leadership here at Cornerstone is closely monitoring all recommendations from both the Department of Public Health, the CDC, and even our own Colorado government officials in an effort to protect our congregation. I am taking a moment to offer some reassurances and key information that will allow you to feel confident in attending services and events at Cornerstone Church.
First, educate yourself.
Please review these websites for the most recent updates:
Second, take precautionary measures:
- “High-touch” surfaces can hold infectious germs for up to 3 hours so clean frequently
- Scrub hands often with soap, water and friction (min. 20 seconds)
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and discard immediately in a lined trash can and immediately wash hands with soap, water and with friction
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Stay home from school or work (and get medical care) at the onset of symptoms
- Avoid sharing personal household items, sharing drinks, etc.
Third, consider the facts.
According to the most recent information from the CDC, for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus is thought to be low. Current information on the virus suggests that 80-85% of people who contact the virus will experience mild symptoms that will not require treatment. Isolation for 14 days is still recommended even with mild symptoms to help stop the spread. However, to be on the safe side, we have implemented some additional practices that will enhance the overall health and safety of our congregation.
I realize these unique times can easily strike a chord of uneasiness, anxiety and fear, even for followers of Christ. Please remember that we know and serve a God who is in control. He invites us into His presence to experience His peace as we choose to walk in faith, not in fear.
Our staff, leadership teams, deacons and many others are praying God’s protection, provision and peace over our entire church family.You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3 Most sincerely in Christ, Pastor Anthony Pranno