Update from Pastor Derek
In-person gatherings on pause.
Posted on January 13
Hey River Family,
We have loved meeting together again in person on Sunday mornings. It’s been 5 months since we re-entered our building and it’s been going well. I know we’ve created a safe environment for those attending. However, after hearing from our Public Health Director, I believe it is time to take a pause for the sake of our hospitals and healthcare professionals.
The following notice was issued on Tuesday (January 12) of this week:
Public Health Director Announces Three-Week Directive to Protect Residents from COVID-19: As the number of COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg County continue to grow at an exponential rate – from an average of 100 cases per day in September, to an average of 900 cases per day in mid-January – Public Health is issuing a specific directive for the people of Mecklenburg County for the next three weeks. The Directive is effective immediately and will remain in effect for the next three weeks, until February 2, 2021.
I’ve spoken with our board members and staff today. We all believe that this is an important way we can serve the hospitals that are struggling as well as honor the request of our top public health official. One of our members, a respiratory therapist, told me the situation is critical and he is confident this is a wise decision.
I know many may be disappointed that we are pausing our in-person Sunday morning gatherings, but please understand that I feel this is the best course of action. Hitting pause for three weeks will insure we are part of the solution our public health officials are calling for.
Look at it this way – for the next 3 weeks the entire River family will be together again in one space… online! Let’s use this as an opportunity to invite others (hit that share button), speak (comment) with those who have been unable to join us live, and grow in patience and flexibility. Hey, if Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before him (that would be you), then certainly you can endure this season with a joyful hope and a great attitude.
Remember that our prayers are powerful so continue to stand in faith for an end to this virus. Also, this is a decision based on love. Love doesn’t insist on it’s own rights but considers others. We are citizens of Heaven that occupy the Charlotte region and we will love our city well!
Sarah and I love you all and appreciate your heart to love everyone the most.
Love you all,