From the Office of the Senior, Executive & Associate Pastors
Goshen Seventh-day Adventist Church
8221 South State Street, Chicago IL 60619
March 18, 2020,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
I pray you have had a blessed and prosperous week thus far. As you are aware, there is much concern surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These are serious times which require prayer and vigilance. Within the last few days, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In light of this we wish to share some information about how our church is responding to this crisis.
We NOT have service on Sabbaths at our Church Building for the foreseeable future. We are encouraging all our members and visiting friends to remain at home this Sabbath, and livestream with us for Sabbath School @ 10:00am (via Prayer Line) and our NEW Church Without Walls Virtual Worship Experience @ 11:00am (Facebook Watch Party)
Additional Health Tips include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing, or sneezing
- When possible, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people
- Continuously clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
- Cover your mouth and nose with your inner elbow if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterwards
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and/or mouth with unwashed hands
- Where a face mask – only if you are sick
In closing, this is not to create panic, but to exercise precaution. Let us hold fast to our faith and embrace the word of God. We are prayerful in taking these measures to help ensure the safety and security of our members and guests. As a faith tradition, we fully embrace and affirm the worth and practice of personal and family prayer and devotion. I strongly encourage all families to use this time to pay attention to such spiritual disciplines and have candid conversations with your families about this critical time. Spend time talking to your children and helping them to further trust in God.
We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath via our Virtual Church and we pray that God’s peace rests upon you as we sojourn through this difficult time.
Gordon C.A. Fraser, Senior Pastor
Dr. Casey E.L. Adams, Executive Pastor
Dr. Barbara Bellar, Associate Pastor