COVID19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES


COVID19 UPDATES AND RESOURCES

Updated October 23, 2020

PASTORAL AND CHURCH RESOURCES

During this continue time of uncertainty, the church has a profound opportunity to lead people through this time of crisis. The church is able to reach and serve people with the resurrection power of the Gospel. The following resources have been gathered to help pastors and church leaders through the continued trials of this time. May you find wisdom and equipping for such a time as this. 

STEPS FOR REOPENING YOUR CHURCH:

NEWS AND UPDATES:

GUIDANCE DURING THE CRISIS: 

STATE AND FEDERAL UPDATES

With so many unprecedented changes in such a short period of time, many are left with understandable confusion, worry, and even fear. Our government has been regularly issuing updates and new information to help answer many of the common questions. We pray that you and your family would be at peace, even in a time of great uncertainty. Here are links from both the Federal and State government that will update you on the changes as they happen. 

LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR

Together we can show love to each other in ways that we never have before, whether it be running errands for an elderly neighbor or providing food for those in need. These links are some of the resources being offered to the community for spiritual, physical, and mental encouragement and help. If you know of others that we have not listed, please reach out and let us know so that as many within our community that may need help in this time can receive it. 


PROVIDING HELP:

THRIVING AND EDUCATING AT HOME

With many of us still in a place of our regular routines interrupted, we have a unique opportunity to unique opportunity to steward our time well. We want to do more than just survive at home--we want to thrive! We hope that these resources will help you and your family to navigate through what may be uncharted territory. 

HEALTH:

PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH:

EDUCATION:

VIDEOS ON GOVERNMENT WITH RICK GREEN: 
None of us can predict or control what tomorrow will bring. But here are things that we CAN do.
 
1. Cast your cares on the Lord.

Remember that God is not shaken. Focus on His character. We cannot know Him as our comforter, peace-giver, and healer unless we recognize that we need comfort, peace, and healing.

"God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken," said Charles Spurgeon. "And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart."

If your life is not surrendered to the One who “upholds all things by the Word of His Power” (Heb. 1:3), then your first order of business is to be reconciled to God. 

2 Cor. 5:20-21 “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  

If you have trusted in Christ for salvation, rest in the fact that your Savior works all things—including the hard things—for your good (Rom. 8:28). 

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” 

Phil. 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” 

2. Love your neighbor.   

This is the most receptive season to the Gospel that we may see in our lifetime. We should show the love of Jesus through our deeds so that many will see our works and glorify God (Matt. 5:16). Prepare and plan to love your community. You can start with the recommendations in this guide.

Rom. 14:8 "For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's."
  
The early church provided a great example for how followers of Christ lived during times of crisis. They trusted God and found ways to love their neighbor even in the midst of serious persecution.
 
During the pandemics that plagued the Roman Empire--including one of the worst in history that claimed 5,000 lives daily--the Christians distinguished themselves in that pagan society for their love and care of others. Emperor Julian, who was by no means sympathetic to the Christians, attributed the church's growth to their "benevolence to strangers, their care for the graves of the dead, and the pretended holiness of their lives.” 
  
John 13:35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." 

We have a unique opportunity as people of faith to shed gospel light in this dark time. Let us follow the example of those gone before and minister to one another as we rely fully on the Lord. 

3. Invest in your family. 

Here are suggestions from Focus on the Family's president Jim Daly of 5 things that every family should do during this time. 
"a) Eat together. Hopefully many of you are already doing this. Plan a menu, assign jobs in the kitchen to each person in the family and then sit down and break bread together.
b) Look back. Reminiscing is fun. Pull out the family albums or videos. Tell the old stories, even sharing with your kids again how you and your spouse met. Tell them again about the day they were born. Shared history melds and molds us together.
c) Look ahead. It’s been said that looking forward to things is half the fun of them. It's true. Yes, schedules have been upended and plans have been scuttled. But what are you looking forward to when the virus risk recedes?
d) Keep moving. Take walks or bike rides together. It’s important to get the heart rate up. Sweat cleanses from the inside out.
e) Dream – and pray! Is there something you’ve been thinking about doing for years – a big goal that seems slightly beyond your reach? Start a new business? Write a book? Go back to school and finally get that degree or certification?
So, let’s pray for a turn of the tide – but let’s also make good use of the time we’re given in this unique and trying season. "
Please let us know how we can serve you and your family during this time. We at DFPC hope that these resources strengthen and equip you and your families and churches, and we are praying with you for God's mercy on this nation.  

2 Chron. 7:13-14 "When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 

PASTORAL AND CHURCH RESOURCES

During this continue time of uncertainty, the church has a profound opportunity to lead people through this time of crisis. The church is able to reach and serve people with the resurrection power of the Gospel. The following resources have been gathered to help pastors and church leaders through the continued trials of this time. May you find wisdom and equipping for such a time as this. 

STEPS FOR REOPENING YOUR CHURCH:

NEWS AND UPDATES:

GUIDANCE DURING THE CRISIS: 

STATE AND FEDERAL UPDATES

With so many unprecedented changes in such a short period of time, many are left with understandable confusion, worry, and even fear. Our government has been regularly issuing updates and new information to help answer many of the common questions. We pray that you and your family would be at peace, even in a time of great uncertainty. Here are links from both the Federal and State government that will update you on the changes as they happen. 

LOVING YOUR NEIGHBOR

Together we can show love to each other in ways that we never have before, whether it be running errands for an elderly neighbor or providing food for those in need. These links are some of the resources being offered to the community for spiritual, physical, and mental encouragement and help. If you know of others that we have not listed, please reach out and let us know so that as many within our community that may need help in this time can receive it. 


PROVIDING HELP:

THRIVING AND EDUCATING AT HOME

With many of us still in a place of our regular routines interrupted, we have a unique opportunity to unique opportunity to steward our time well. We want to do more than just survive at home--we want to thrive! We hope that these resources will help you and your family to navigate through what may be uncharted territory. 

HEALTH:

PRAYER AND SPIRITUAL HEALTH:

EDUCATION:

VIDEOS ON GOVERNMENT WITH RICK GREEN: 
None of us can predict or control what tomorrow will bring. But here are things that we CAN do.
 
1. Cast your cares on the Lord.

Remember that God is not shaken. Focus on His character. We cannot know Him as our comforter, peace-giver, and healer unless we recognize that we need comfort, peace, and healing.

"God is too good to be unkind and He is too wise to be mistaken," said Charles Spurgeon. "And when we cannot trace His hand, we must trust His heart."

If your life is not surrendered to the One who “upholds all things by the Word of His Power” (Heb. 1:3), then your first order of business is to be reconciled to God. 

2 Cor. 5:20-21 “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  

If you have trusted in Christ for salvation, rest in the fact that your Savior works all things—including the hard things—for your good (Rom. 8:28). 

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” 

Phil. 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” 

2. Love your neighbor.   

This is the most receptive season to the Gospel that we may see in our lifetime. We should show the love of Jesus through our deeds so that many will see our works and glorify God (Matt. 5:16). Prepare and plan to love your community. You can start with the recommendations in this guide.

Rom. 14:8 "For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's."
  
The early church provided a great example for how followers of Christ lived during times of crisis. They trusted God and found ways to love their neighbor even in the midst of serious persecution.
 
During the pandemics that plagued the Roman Empire--including one of the worst in history that claimed 5,000 lives daily--the Christians distinguished themselves in that pagan society for their love and care of others. Emperor Julian, who was by no means sympathetic to the Christians, attributed the church's growth to their "benevolence to strangers, their care for the graves of the dead, and the pretended holiness of their lives.” 
  
John 13:35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." 

We have a unique opportunity as people of faith to shed gospel light in this dark time. Let us follow the example of those gone before and minister to one another as we rely fully on the Lord. 

3. Invest in your family. 

Here are suggestions from Focus on the Family's president Jim Daly of 5 things that every family should do during this time. 
"a) Eat together. Hopefully many of you are already doing this. Plan a menu, assign jobs in the kitchen to each person in the family and then sit down and break bread together.
b) Look back. Reminiscing is fun. Pull out the family albums or videos. Tell the old stories, even sharing with your kids again how you and your spouse met. Tell them again about the day they were born. Shared history melds and molds us together.
c) Look ahead. It’s been said that looking forward to things is half the fun of them. It's true. Yes, schedules have been upended and plans have been scuttled. But what are you looking forward to when the virus risk recedes?
d) Keep moving. Take walks or bike rides together. It’s important to get the heart rate up. Sweat cleanses from the inside out.
e) Dream – and pray! Is there something you’ve been thinking about doing for years – a big goal that seems slightly beyond your reach? Start a new business? Write a book? Go back to school and finally get that degree or certification?
So, let’s pray for a turn of the tide – but let’s also make good use of the time we’re given in this unique and trying season. "
Please let us know how we can serve you and your family during this time. We at DFPC hope that these resources strengthen and equip you and your families and churches, and we are praying with you for God's mercy on this nation.  

2 Chron. 7:13-14 "When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."