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Regarding Coronavirus: A Message From The Pillar DC Elders

Church family, 

As the elders of the church, we wanted to let you know how Pillar Church of Washington, DC is responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

First and foremost, in the midst of fear and confusion, we want to remind you that God is sovereign and good. Events like this are a sobering reminder that we are severely limited in our ability to control life’s circumstances. But as Christians, we know that our Father in heaven does. And we also know that He has all authority over disease and death and He loves us. 

Secondly, because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as Christ followers we do not need to fear death. Our mortal bodies are passing away. We learned in our series through Ecclesiastes that life is fleeting. But “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” (Rom. 8:12). 

Because of this confident hope in the resurrection, we do not need to run and cower in fear. Rather, we can courageously love our neighbors, even at great cost to ourselves. We can demonstrate our great hope in the Gospel and in our God by demonstrating trust in Him amidst the panic and chaos of our society. 

We have an opportunity to demonstrate Christlike love and bold faith to a city that is in desperate need of hope. So we urge you to look for opportunities to serve your neighbors. Look for opportunities to proclaim the hope & peace of the Gospel to worried friends and family. Look for opportunities to magnify Jesus by choosing faith over fear. 

As your elders, we believe that one of the best ways we can demonstrate our trust in God is by continuing to gather together for worship as a local church. Additionally, God’s Word clearly calls us not to forsake meeting with one another. 

Having said that, the city of Washington, DC has closed all schools until April 1 and the mayor has advised churches and other organizations to avoid large gatherings. For these reasons, we will continue gathering on Sunday mornings but we will do so in homes, livestreaming the music and sermon to our Facebook page and our Youtube channel.

The online gatherings will be at 10AM on Sunday mornings.

As a church, it is our conviction that in any way possible, we should seek to gather together as the Body of Christ to worship the Lord, pray, read the Scriptures, and encourage each other. The internet is allowing us a way to connect even while we must be apart at this time.

Here are some important precautions to take when considering the impact of COVID-19:

  1. If you are sick, you should stay home and avoid contact with others. If you suspect that you are not well, the best way to love your neighbor is to stay away from your neighbor until you are not sick anymore! 
  2. If you are older than 60 or in poor health, please exercise extreme caution. Let us know if we can help you with everyday needs. 
  3. Wash your hands with soap! The CDC has advised that the most effective way to kill the Coronavirus is by washing your hands with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer. 
  4. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wear a mask if you are not well and must be around others.

Please know that we love you all very much and we are praying for each one of you. If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to us. 

You can email Pastor Jared at [email protected] with questions, comments, or concerns. 

Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Hebrews 13:20-21 

Grace & Peace, 

Pillar DC Elders