It’s a good thing that the Church is not a building. Of course, the Bible tells us how important it is to gather together and we look forward to returning to church again as soon and safely as we can. But even when we haven’t been able to come to church, God has used this time to bring us together as the Church in love and service toward one another and our community.
We’re all looking forward to the day the building doors are open once again, but that time isn’t now. Our church will not reopen yet but here’s what we are doing:
• We’ve assembled a team of people from our church who work in healthcare and a few other fields to help us monitor the COVID-19 situation in our area and guide us in making a wise, safe reopening plan when the time is right.
• We’re keeping in touch with other churches in the area, including those who have reopened their buildings and learned a few lessons along the way.
• We continue to operate our online services and food delivery ministry, and will soon introduce virtual small groups to make the most of this time by continuing to serve and share Jesus. More information on new ways to connect is coming soon.
As we meet with our reopening task force and stay on top of CDC recommendations, the health and safety of our congregation is at the forefront of our minds. This is some of the criteria that guides our decision:
• We need to see fewer coronavirus cases in our area.
• We need defined safety measures and new safety equipment.
• We will weigh how the timing of our reopening affects our public witness.
• We will determine the best way to use our resources (financial and people).
Until our criteria is met, we’ll continue with online services and virtual ministry. Please continue to check your email and the Destiny Facebook Page for updates. At Destiny, we are more than a church, we're a family that can make it through anything together because the God of hope guides us through uncertainty. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you need anything. We're praying for you and will see you online.
With Love Always,
Bishop, First Lady, Pastor Perry & Pastor Karen
We need you to help us maintain a safe environment by following these recommendations made by the Center for Disease Control:
Stay Home If You Are Sick
Wash Your Hands Often
1. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. It's especially important to wash:
Before eating or preparing food
Before touching your face
After using the restroom
After leaving a public place
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling your cloth face covering
After changing a diaper
After caring for someone sick
After touching animals or pets
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
2. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Cloth Face Cover When Around Others
1. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
2. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
4. Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker. Currently, surgical masks and N95 respirators are critical supplies that should be reserved for healthcare workers and other first responders.
5. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover Coughs and Sneezes
Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a Facemask
If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask, then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes and people who are caring for you.
Clean and Disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Then, use a household disinfectant. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.
STAND IN FAITH
As Always, We are Standing in Faith, Trusting God Over Our Circumstances and Believing Him to be Are Protector and Healer, Our Refuge Through The Storm. Do not let fear overtake you. For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of Power, Love and a Sound Mind. We are in this together.
1 Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 This I declare about the Lord:
He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.
3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.
4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.
5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.
6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.
8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.
9 If you make the Lord your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,
10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.
11 For he will order his angels
to protect you wherever you go.
12 They will hold you up with their hands
so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
13 You will trample upon lions and cobras;
you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
14 The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me.
I will protect those who trust in my name.
15 When they call on me, I will answer;
I will be with them in trouble.
I will rescue and honor them.
16 I will reward them with a long life
and give them my salvation.”