During this time of concerns surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know that Pikes Peak Park Baptist Church is carefully monitoring the situation. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.
WILL WE STILL BE HAVING SERVICES AT CHURCH ON SUNDAYS?
On 3/25/2020, The Governor of Colorado issued a statewide stay-at-home order Link Here beginning Thursday, 3/26/2020 until 4/27/2020.
Colorado's Stay At Home Order will be lifted on April 27th, so what does that mean for El Paso County and our residents and church?
According to Governor Jared Polis, it means we'll be moving from the "Stay At Home" Phase to the "Safer At Home" Phase, with slightly looser restrictions, more people going back to work, and more businesses reopening little by little, with many safeguards still in place. They still are restricting gathering of more than 10 people. They also have summarized some of the details of the "Safer At Home" Phase, identifying the main highlights of the Governor's new guidance, and what it means to all of us as we take this next step. Read more about the details of the "Safer At Home" Phase here from the El Paso County Health Department: https://bit.ly/SaferAtHomeExplained
According the the CDC, large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals. Go here for more information from the CDC guidelines Link Here.
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America -- 15 Days to Slow the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) that states that we should avoid social gatherings of groups of more than 10 people. More at Whitehouse.govpdf icon
Please also go the the https://www.coronavirus.gov/ to receive more information from our government.
In light of both of these recommendations and from the current law of Colorado, we have suspended all gatherings and services until further notice.
Pastor Mark will be streaming on our Public Facebook Page, our regular Prayer/Bible Study service every Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m, and he will be bringing his regular sermon message every Sunday, for our Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. We will also have a video available on our website for both on our Sermons Video Page
and on YouTube Account. Links below:
On the Sermon Video Page of this Website (recorded videos)
YouTube (recorded videos)
We will be continually monitoring this situation so please continue to check our Website and Facebook page for updates. You can also call the church at 719-597-9004 during normal business hours for updates.
HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE CHURCH WHILE AT HOME?
In response to Peter's confession of faith, Jesus said, "... on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it" (Matthew 16:18 NKJV). When Jesus is building His church -- when His people are yielded to Him and following His direction -- nothing in heaven or hell can stop the forward advance of His church. The routine activities of the church may be disrupted by the virus, but there's no need to hit "pause" on the Spirit-led ministry of the church.
The church will continue to minister to our community, as lunches will be delivered daily until May 1st, 2020, to the children in the apartments across the street from the church while they are out of school. Please pray for this ministry and if you can help, please let the church know.
Those forced to stay at home may need assistance picking up groceries, basic household items or prescriptions. You can encourage them with an occasional phone call to see how they are doing, offering to pray with them before concluding the call. You might also consider ways to include them in the worship services of the church with watching options online.
Consider ways to minister to those serving on the front lines of the crisis. Healthcare professionals, first responders and government leaders could use your prayers and words of encouragement in the weeks ahead. Ask them what a group of volunteers could to help alleviate their workload. Express appreciation for their efforts in writing, sending emails or cards. Given the opportunity, pray for them in person. Prayer walk around local hospitals, fire stations, police stations and municipal buildings.
HOW CAN WE STILL SUPPORT THE CHURCH/TITHE?
Unfortunately, during this time, the bills continue to come to the church and staff needs to be paid. Thank you in advance for being faithful to send in your financial gifts through our website here on the "Give" Page and choose "Online." Tithe-ly is a great, secured program and easy to use. You can also send your gifts by regular mail to 3725 El Morro Rd, Colorado Springs, CO, 80910.
WILL THE CHURCH OFFICES STILL BE OPEN?
Our church offices should remain open for normal business hours, but it is wise to call the church at 719-597-9004 to make sure someone is there before you plan to come.
WHAT PRECAUTIONS ARE BEING TAKEN TO MAKE OUR CHURCH AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?
First and foremost, we are taking preventive measures to keep our church clean and maintain a healthy environment. The cleaning staff will be cleaning on a regular basis, which includes using sanitizing solutions in high-touch, high-traffic areas.
HERE ARE SOME CDC PREVENTION TIPS:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
~Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
~Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Stay home when you are sick.
Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Complete Disinfection Guidance Link Here
Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask and what to do if you are sick. Link Here CDC does not recommend wearing a facemask if you are NOT sick: Unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
For many, the spread of this virus has caused fear and anxiety. Yet we are grateful that the Bible tells us, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We pray that you would sense God’s peace in the midst of these difficult circumstances. This does not mean we should be careless or reactionary but rather walk in wisdom as we serve the Lord and our community in a way that demonstrates our trust in God and our love for people.
We love you and are praying for you and your families’ continued safety and well-being and for all those who have been affected by this virus. We’re also praying for a cure from heaven and for our medical community as they deal with the impact of this crisis.
In addition to this page, please read most recent personal note dated 3/17/2020, from our pastor LINK HERE
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