COVID-19 Announcements

 

 Listen to Pastor John’s Comments

Concerning the Coronavirus Service Closings (click on the video to the right)

or Read Below

 

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OUR LOVE AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO REJOINING SOON!

Updates

4/1/20
  • All regularly scheduled services in our church building will be cancelled for the month of April to comply with our governor’s statewide stay-at-home directive.
  • Sunday morning sermons and Wednesday evening Bible studies will be conducted online via our Facebook Page until the stay-at-home order is lifted.
  • Pastor John is available at the office, home, or by phone or email. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you need him.
  • The church office will continue to be open for essential business Monday – Thursday from 10:00 AM – 2 PM. However, please call first to be sure we are available in case of any change.
  • Please keep checking back here and to our Facebook Page and Group for more information.
  • Check on one another with a text or phone call during this time! Our prayers are with you!
 
3/31/20
  • Join us live Wednesday evening, April 1, on our Facebook Page for a devotional at 7 PM titled Nip Our Fear in the Bud.
  • On Sunday, April 5, we are joining together online in our homes for Holy Communion. Please be prepared with grape juice and crackers or bread. If you don’t have either of these, you can feel free to substitute. Open our Facebook Page for this ministry.
  • Remember, we’re here if you need us! We are being cautious concerning visits to those who are already seriously compromised in their health because we don’t want to compromise you further. We would be happy to talk by phone if you feel that’s better than a visit.
 
3/29/20
  • The church will be open this morning from 7:00 – 8:30 AM for prayer.
  • We will also be coming to you live on our Facebook Page at 10:30 AM.
  • Just a reminder that the church is open 10 AM – 2 PM Monday through Thursday while services are cancelled. Please feel free to come for prayer. Your tithes and offerings can be dropped off during this time or mailed to Everett Assembly of God, 161 Blackstone Road, Everett PA 15537.
  • Pastor John is available at the office, home, or by phone or email. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you need him.
  • Our Youth Director, Belinda Hall, is also available.
  • Please keep checking back here and to our Facebook Page and Group for more information.
  • Stay safe under God’s care!
 
3/28/20
  • Home Group at the home of Joel and Donna Zimmerman @ 6:00 PM. Limit – 10 people.
 
3/25/20
  • Check Facebook at 7 PM Wednesday evening for a Bible study/devotional.
  • Pastor John is available at the office, home, or by phone or email. Please do not hesitate to contact him if you need him.
 
3/22/20
  • We are meeting for 7 AM prayer on Sunday, 3/22, due to the fact that we have a small group.
  • The church will be open 10 AM – 2 PM Monday through Thursday. Please feel free to come for prayer. Your tithes and offerings can be dropped off during this time or mailed to Everett Assembly of God, 161 Blackstone Road, Everett PA 15537.
  • We hope to connect with you through Facebook live streaming or other avenues, so keep checking back here and on our Facebook Page or Group.
  • Remember to check out Right Now Media for a wide array of videos and teachings for you and your children. Go here and scroll down just a bit to sign up for or log into Right Now Media.
  • On our website Resource page, find many links to all sorts of entertainment and tools to grow richer in the Lord.

EAG Logo  Pastor John’s Comments Concerning Church Closings Due to Coronavirus

I realize the Coronavirus Pandemic is something this generation has never faced before. Nor do we completely understand why our leaders in America are going to such great extremes to protect us. Living in a more rural environment and not witnessing a high volume of illness, we have a tendency to not believe what is happening. From all indications we seem relatively safe in our communities. However, the threat to our world and the United States is real.
 
I struggle, like many of you, with having to comply to the recommendations that have been handed down to us, but as a Christian I also have a responsibility to myself and those that live in my community.
 
We need to be sure we are doing the right thing as believers. We realize we have nothing to fear. The Scripture makes it clear in II Timothy 1:7 that “I have not given you a spirit of fear but of love, power and a sound mind.” In Psalms 91:1-5 David tells us that “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.”
 
We may feel that our leaders are making too much of an issue out of this virus, or we may think we should not be worried because we are Christians. Although I fully agree that Christians are not to worry, we must remember that the Scriptures also admonish us not to test the Lord our God. In Matthew 4:6-7, we read of Satan’s conversation with Jesus where it says, “If You are the Son of God throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.'” “Jesus replied, ‘It is also written: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’” The Scripture is clear that we are not to test the Lord by taking liberties God has not directed us to take.
 
Another concern I have as a Christian is my witness to the lost world, to those who are in fear and those who need to put their hope in the Lord. Let me further explain my point. We have been asked by our President to do something that will help keep the numbers down of those who become ill with this virus until we get on the other side of this pandemic. Whether we agree or disagree is not the issue. We are commanded in scripture to obey those who have authority over us in Romans 13. We are not submitting out of panic but because we have been asked to participate in something that will help our country.
 
Let me illustrate it this way. If your wife or husband asks you to do something for them, do you do it because they asked, or do you only do something that is demanded of you? You do it because you love and respect them.
 
Also, we must remember that we were not asked to do something sinful or ungodly. That would require a different response. We are simply being asked to do our part in stopping the spread of a virus.
 
Let’s consider something else. We can take a problem and turn it into a possibility. Maybe the Lord wants us to use this time to reflect more on Him, and spend more time with our families, or just learn to trust Him more through a difficult time. Is it possible that we can be a better witness to those around us that are fearful and give them words of comfort and reassurance?
 
This situation also gives us a chance to experience church differently. One of my sons reminded me this week of what he’d heard me say growing up: The building is not the Church; we are the Church. It is good to be shaken and to be required to be a Christian in new ways that may be uncomfortable.
 
As we experience church differently, we will keep in contact with you. Check out the following social media avenues where you will find some suggestions and all the information you need to know about how we are going to continue in the next weeks.
 
We will also post any updates on this page (further down the page), so keep checking back.
 
There is one final and very important reason we have made the decision not to meet for our regular services. In I Corinthians 8, the Apostle Paul talks about food sacrificed to idols. The gods could not eat the meat that was offered to them, so they would sell the meat at the market. Many of those who became Christians would not eat the meat because it was sacrificed to idols. They felt they were participating in idolatry if they ate that meat. Paul reminded them that the meat is not contaminated because it was offered to an idol. In other words, there was nothing wrong with eating this meat. It was not sinful to the believer.
 
However, he clarified this with additional instruction. Paul says to us in I Corinthians 8:7-11 (NIV), “But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.”  Not everybody believes like us. We can’t assume that everyone is going to operate with our kind of faith, so in a way, we would be responsible if someone got sick because they didn’t have enough faith to withstand the virus. We are not complying because we are fearful or because we lack faith, but because we are considering the person with a weaker faith.
 
This also affects the way the community views us. Let’s look again at 1 Corinthians 8 and apply it to this situation. If we don’t hold meetings, we are not worse, and if we do hold meetings, we are not better. This is not about us. It is about the believer giving into the weaker brother to keep them from stumbling. Again, the Apostle Paul addresses this same issue in Romans 14 where we are to be willing to sacrifice our personal preferences to the weaker believer, or non-believer.
 
Again, let me illustrate it this way. Let’s say a friend of yours becomes a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, and after they get saved, they feel guilty about going to a movie, but you have no issue or feel any guilt. As the stronger believer you should willingly submit to your friend’s wishes instead of insisting that he/she ignore their guilt and come to your level of belief.
 
Paul is saying we live in a community of people, and the way we live affects the way the community views us. We are no better than others. If we are not asked to sin and we are the stronger believer, we have a responsibility to be a witness to others who do not understand their liberty and freedom in Christ as we do. We sacrifice our comforts to be a witness to them.
 
So, for these reasons, I feel it is best for at least the next two weeks to comply to our President’s plea to try to flatten the curve of this coronavirus by limiting some things in our lives. We need to do this for the sake of others. The less contact we have with others, the less chance we have of spreading this virus.
 
Thank you for your spirit of cooperation and your willingness to understand from a biblical perspective that we are responsible for demonstrating love in the face of this pandemic.