An update for the Bright Star Family about COVID-19

Dear Bright Star Family,

We live in a time of great uncertainty, of fear of what the future may hold. If you asked me a couple of months ago, I never would have predicted that the world would be caught up in a deadly new strain of coronavirus. We have had great scares before: the Spanish flu, the H1N1 virus, Ebola. And all of these were contained, after some scare and some death. And here we are again. It’s an uncertain time. How many will be infected? How many will die? Even though every year the regular flu takes tens of thousands of lives in America and more worldwide, somehow this COVID-19 is scarier, because of the unknown element, because we don’t fully understand it and we are still working on a vaccine against it.

When you feel unsettled, unsafe, you need help. Psalm 91:1 – 16 is a great reminder of our only and ultimate security.

Psalm 91: 1 – 16

“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” 3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. 4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. 5 You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, 6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. 8 You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. 9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, 10 no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. 14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. 15 He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Even if we think the coronavirus is a great enemy, the psalmist concludes in Psalm 23:5-6 (NIV) 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. We should be able to celebrate what God has done for us even with the coronavirus around us.

There is a verse in the bible that we use to sing entitled, “Whose report will you believe, we shall believe the report of the Lord.” They can say what they want to say about the coronavirus, I still believe God is sitting on the throne of heaven and God’s plans and purposes will still be accomplished.

OUR PLANS, FOR NOW:

We will continue to meet for worship on Sunday Mornings at 11:00 am however there will be no Sunday Morning Prayer at 9:00 am or Christian Education at 9:30 am as well as no Wednesday Night Bible Study or Choir Rehearsal until further notice.

We will continue to sanitize all high-touch surfaces at the church and continue with the protocols we put in place last Sunday and don’t forget to wave, say Good Morning or give a big Smile at people rather than touch. We are also asking that when we enter the Sanctuary that we sit on the white papers located on the benches to create some space between us.

Also, our 8 Week Biggest Loser Challenge will be postponed to a later date, but we are encouraging you to keep up the good work you have started and keep track of your progress weekly.

The 2020 Spring Sing Gospel Concert has also been cancelled.

This situation continues to change quickly, so we will remain vigilant, continue to monitor the situation and update our members and guests regularly. You can continue to stay up to date on the latest information about our response and preparations on our website https://www.brightstarcc.org.

Let us continue to continue to stay flexible. Let us pray that The Lord will heal our land. And let’s help each other, and care for our neighbors who may have concerns or questions during this time.

Some trust in chariots, others in horses, but we want to continue to trust in the name of the Lord our God. Let’s rise above this situation, in faith!

Please click below for resources for your use and to share with Family and Friends:

(1) 10 Ways Christians Can Exemplify Faith and Peace during COVID-19

(2) 10 Ways Coronavirus Can Change Your Life for the Better

(3) Corona Relief Resources as of 3-19-2020

Be Blessed, Be BOLD, Be of Good Courage,

Pastor James and 1st Lady Dianne Stra