Dear ABF Family,
Last Sunday we spent time as a congregation praying specifically about the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.* I was blessed by the sentiment of many that we continue our services during this period. I appreciate the desire to not “forsake the assembling of ourselves together” and the fact that we love the fellowship of our church family.
But this rapidly evolving situation has led the Trustees to determine that it is prudent to suspend all our services and gatherings for the present time. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and President Trump have, in their guidelines, requested that we limit all gatherings to 10 or less people. And just yesterday, Orange County banned ALL group meetings of any size. We believe we are called to submit to those governing bodies and that we have a moral obligation to help slow the spread of this disease within our community, especially to those who are most vulnerable.
So currently, it is our plan to not hold any public gathering until Easter. Currently, we still hope to hold our Easter Service with the realization that that is also iffy.
But we will continue our ministries via the internet and phone.
- On Sundays, we will continue our sermon series through the “Life of Christ.” I will place a video sermon on our Facebook page, our website (www.abf.life), and YouTube. Please tune in.
- I am also going to develop a new series that addresses the anxiety that people have during times like this. Based on lessons from Philippians 4, it is called “EVEN WHEN: Unnatural Choices that Lead to Supernatural Peace.” They will be placed periodically on the three options listed above.
- I am also going to attempt doing Zoom Room prayer meetings. You can google Zoom to learn more about this Skype-like video chat platform. If you would like to participate, send me your email and I will send you an invitation to join. From there, it is easy. You will need a camera on your computer or a ZOOM Cloud Meetings App on your phone.
- Our trustees will be calling many of our attenders to offer encouragement and prayer. If you have any specific prayer requests or needs, please tell them or me so we can provide help or guidance.
These precautions and plans are to do our best to restrict the spread of the virus. But, let’s remember that God is fully in control and that we have an opportunity to demonstrate our faith in Him through this season. We would like to urge you to be praying for all the people involved and for our local government and community leaders.
Philippians 4 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In order to meet our financial obligations during this time, including the support of our missionaries, please continue to give faithfully and generously. You can send checks to the church or give online through the service on our website: www.abf.life.
Resting on the Promises,
Pastor Ron Sheveland
Anaheim Baptist Fellowship, 3233 W. Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804
*CONCERNING CORONAVIRUS: As you may know, the Coronavirus is an emerging situation. The World Health Organization has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic. Though this is an evolving issue, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has assured the current possibility of contracting the coronavirus is quite low, especially in comparison to normal strands of the flu. The death toll is also very low compared to those associated with diseases and sicknesses that are very common among us. Check out World Health Organization live updates here and Orange County government Public Health Care Agency updates here.