Yes, as of Friday March 13, we are still having services. Please use your own discretion in coming.
My email inbox has been inundated with statements concerning the Coronavirus, or Covid-19.
We are not sure what to do. The big churches, like Cross Point and Long Hollow have told their people to stay home this weekend and watch the live stream.
Brentwood Baptist is going to be open, but they are not passing out bulletins (you can pick your bulletin up) and they say that they have doubled up on hand sanitizer.
The Donelson Fellowship is bringing in volunteers and going over all surfaces with bleach and cleaner. They are also encouraging their older members to stay at home.
We are not a big church like those congregations. But a good percentage of our church is the target demographic of concern for the Coronavirus. Cofer's does not rise to any of the numbers that have been suggested to avoid like 150 people or above. Welch is on Spring Break so we are looking at a lower number of attenders this week anyway.
So what is prudent? What should be the best practice for our church?
The truth is that for some of our people that it would be prudent for them to not come tonight to the Welch College Choir Concert, or this Sunday's services.
If you have not been feeling well, go ahead and stay home. If you have a compromised immune system or respiratory issues, go ahead and stay home. If you are of the more seasoned generations in our church, please consider not coming and staying home.
This is an issue that we consider. If the church doors are open, some of you are going to be here. This is such an admirable trait...but not this week. And I know that the last thing that works with Cofer's is to tell them not to do something.
The truth is that one option is to go ahead and cancel church just to take the option away from you. In your desire to be faithful you might not be prudent when it comes to your own health.
And we might just do this.
But for now, we are going to trust that all of Cofer's understands that this week it is as prudent to stay home as it is when we have an ice/snow event.
This also means that you don't go to church anywhere else either.
Welch College has issued a statement that they are almost sure that they will have to extend their Spring Break as well in order to be cautious. We are thinking that we may have to do the same.
If you need something picked up for you, or if there is something else we can do for you, please let us know.
Stay safe! Stay well!
We love you all!
The Pastoral Staff