Special Announcements

NO GATHERING ON SUNDAY AT HARRISENA COMMUNITY CHURCH

3/21/2020

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ!

This has been some week.  Most of us have been in front of our televisions, computers, radios all week, waiting for updates on the novel coronavirus (VOVID-19).  The most recent information is listed at the end of this message.  We will adhere to the guidelines set forth by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the NYS Department of Health.  Consequently, we will not gather at Harrisena Community Church tomorrow morning.  Even so, social distancing is NOT spiritual distancing!  We can still pray for each other.  We can still reach out to each other through emails, phone calls, social media chats, Facetime, etc.  We are still a Community of Faith!  We are still God's Church!  Be encouraged!   God loves you!
The Psalm this week is Psalm 23:  

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.  Amen.

Sometimes we are sheep.  We stray mindlessly and God shepherds us back to where we need to be.  But as we journey toward maturity in our relationship with God, we are empowered by God...and we are given responsibility.  God sets the table.  God fills the cup.  God gives us anointing, strength, and confidence.  But it is our job to stand equipped, knowing who we are, to take on and defeat any enemy or threat we may face.
I have read many articles written by physicians regarding the church and the coronavirus.  I am encouraged by their faithfulness and the integration of what they do with who they are.  Here is an excerpt from one doctor's article:
Dr. Zalesky is an Emergency Medicine Resident and a Resident Representatie for the Christian Medical and Dental Association.  He and his wife (an oncology nurse) are members of The Oaks Church.  Read what he wrote in an article titled, COVID-19 and the Church:  An Emergency Physician's Thoughts:
Scriptures call us to walk through crises in a different way.  Scripture models people walking with wisdom marked by a calm anchored by God and a deep concern for people's well-being (Phil 4:6-7, 2 Cor 4:16-18, Gal 6:9, Mat 10:16).  We should not run headfirst into a pandemic unprotected, ignoring the information we have gathered, assuming God will impart invincibility to us.  We also should not hide being crippled by anxiety.   This is not the first time the modern Church has faced outbreaks.

In London in 1854, there was an outbreak of Cholera, which is caused by bacteria. At the time there much confusion at the time about how it was spread and even whether bacteria existed at all.

During this outbreak, the theory of Germs even existing was finally accepted. Charles Spurgeon was a pastor in London during this outbreak. During this time, he altered how he conducted business, but he continued to minister. Importantly, he continued to care for those around him and preach the Gospel. He said this below during a cholera outbreak:

And now, again, is the minister’s time; and now is the time for all of you who love souls. You may see men more alarmed than they are already; and if they should be, mind that you avail yourselves of the opportunity of doing them good. You have the Balm of Gilead; when their wounds smart, pour it in. You know of Him who died to save; tell them of Him. Lift high the cross before their eyes. Tell them that God became man that man might be lifted to God. Tell them of Calvary, and its groans, and cries, and sweat of blood. Tell them of Jesus hanging on the cross to save sinners. Tell them that.

Spurgeon saw the fear and around him and knew they only source that would speak to the soul of people. He did draw people to being fearless in the midst of an outbreak but drew them to a greater hope.

We are called to have eyes wide open, to see the facts, meet them with wisdom, seek God’s guidance and follow his word.

We are called to be the church!  

Some of  Harrisena Community Church's plans:

There are those who still need our assistance:  Family Services and Open Door.

Sue Ogden has been in contact with both agencies.  They are asking for our assistance.  Our Missions and Fellowship Ministry Teams will be preparing and packaging meals for Family Services.  One of their programs does not provide meals on the weekends.  We can fill this need.

If you would like to help, contact Sue Ogden. 

Members of our church still need phone calls, Facetime calls, emails, USPS cards, and mail, on occasion, people to shop for those who have no transportation or assistance, etc.  (still practicing social distancing, etc.)  We can fill this need.

There will be weekly services via Harrisena’s Facebook page and our website.  I am toying with the idea of a weekly Facebook Live podcast so we can have some real-time interaction as well.  We can fill this need.

The Harbinger will still be published and emailed.  Please forward your committee’s information to Susan in the office by March 24th.  We can fill this need.

If you feel called to assist with any of these ministries or can identify other ways we can continue to be a harbinger of God's love and compassion during this time, let us know.  We are still the church.

MOST RECENT GUIDELINES FROM NYS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH:

What You Need to Know

  • New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone
  • Governor Cuomo will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of the workforce must stay home beginning Sunday, March 22 at 8PM, excluding essential services. 
  • All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned.
  • Enacting Matilda’s Law to protect New Yorkers age 70+ and those with compromised immune systems 
    • Remain indoors
    • Can go outside for solitary exercise
    • Pre-screen all visitors by taking their temperature
    • Wear a mask in the company of others
    • Stay at least 6 feet from others
    • Do not take public transportation unless urgent and absolutely necessary
  • All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM.
  • New York will implement a 90-day moratorium on evictions for residential and commercial tenants.
  • Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure.
  • Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider.
  • Your local health department is your community contact for COVID-19 concerns. 
FURTHERMORE:
Are you concerned about exposure to COVID-19 OR have you had contact with someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19? Wondering what you should do?


Glens Falls Hospital has set up a Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline to provide community education and a connection to local resources. Call 518-926-HELP (4357) today!

BE BLESSED!

The Lord bless you and keep you:  The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you:  The Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.  (Numbers 6:24-26 RSV)  Amen and amen.   

Shalom, 
Harrisena Community Church Office

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