The Black Hills CoC has spent the last 24 hours wrestling with the appropriate response to the COVID-19 virus crisis. Whereas we recognize that the statistics coming out of South Dakota at the moment look encouraging, the council we are getting from area medical professionals indicates that this is likely the calm before the storm. We recognize that we could likely assemble tomorrow without danger to anyone. However, there is a lot we don’t know about the circumstances in SD and in our Rapid City community. Out of an abundance of caution, we are opting to suspend Sunday March 22 and Wednesday March 25 assemblies. As the next week plays out, we will likely have a better picture of the extent of the crisis here in Rapid City and South Dakota.
…there are many in this country and around the world who have been impacted terribly by this pandemic and your prayers for the following are so necessary at the moment.
- Those most at risk of life-threatening complications
- Those currently ill
- Our college students who are dealing with massive changes and being away from home and separated from friends
- The homeless
- Those whose livelihoods have been impacted (and there are many)
- Civic and National leaders
- Those fighting the virus in patient-facing roles
- Those working on vaccines and therapeutic drugs
- Add your own to this list
Keep your Spirit Healthy
Certainly, assembling with your church family is extremely important to bolster your spiritual health. In the absence of face time with your church family, remember that the peace and joy that Jesus provides is volitional and it is your birthright. Chose to be at peace and remain joyful. Worship. Pray. Get on the phone with friends, family, and church family members.
Write Habakkuk 3:17 and 18 on your heart and meditate on it. It goes like this:
Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will be joyful in God my Savior.