Most Recent statement released Monday, March 16th at 8p.
Dear WestGrove Family,
As I’m sure all of us are now continually monitoring the current regulations based on President Trump and the CDC’s recommendations to not meet in groups of 10 or more, Pastor Brad, the Pastoral Staff, and the Board has decided that all on and off-site events will be canceled for the next two weeks including:
- Shining Light
- Jr. High, High School, & Young Adults mid-week services
This was a hard decision to make as we do not want to forsake the body or the need for community to meet, but we know that these restrictions are only temporary and are for the benefit of the nation as a whole. We will continue to evaluate the situation weekly and update you on all changes.
Since we still firmly believe in connecting as a body, we are looking into ways to provide opportunities for encouragement and the Word as much as possible via livestream. We intend to start posting daily devotions by our pastors, record Children’s ministry lessons so your kids can follow along at home, as well as other ideas.
We also want to remind you that we ARE open Monday - Friday, 9a-5p to pray and counsel with you over the phone, as well as take in person appointments as we can. Please remember, that if you are sick, we strongly encourage you to stay home and rest as to slow the risk of spread.
We know that this is an anxious and fearful time for many, but we still whole-heartedly, with all faith hold fast to the truth that our God is all powerful, all loving, and always good. Let us continue to cling to Jesus and seek Him in all things. Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit, looking for ways to be the hands and feet of Jesus to our families, our communities, and our nation.
“Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.”
- 1 Thessalonians 4:1
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
- Hebrews 13:20
Pastor Brad, CCWG Pastoral Staff, and the CCWG Board
Most Recent statement released Friday, March 13th at 5p.
After President Trump’s address and after prayerful consideration, we have decided to forgo physical services until Sunday April 5th.
This will allow the governmental recommended downtime until we have been given further governmental instruction for the next steps.
We will move our services FULLY online. We will have worship and teaching recorded and online at the regular service times (8:00a | 9:45a | 11:30a) as well as a way for you to request prayer. We also will be accepting tithes fully online.
We are also looking into holding small youth gatherings during the week which will be announced as we gain further information.
As we have mentioned before, we are not reacting out of fear, but are moving forward with precaution and wisdom as the Spirit guides. We are trying to ensure that we respect our government and make wise decisions.
“Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.”
- Romans 13:1
As always, prayer is powerful and incredibly necessary during this time. Let us always be interceding for wisdom in these trying times, but also for the families all over the world that are hurting.
Thank you for your understanding and for your patience in this time. We know God is good and faithful and He will make a way.
Statement released Friday, March 13th at 12p.
(Most recent information in above posting)
Dear WestGrove Family,
Concerning the COVID-19 virus, we are relying upon prayer for God's protection, but we also want to remain prudent in wisdom and common sense. Therefore we are taking and recommending certain precautions.
All common areas including door handles, restrooms, tables, chairs, and children’s play areas are being regularly cleaned and disinfected with chemicals that kill COVID-19.
In an effort to be as proactive as possible, we are also taking the following measures:
We will be making hand-sanitizers available throughout the building.
We will be asking our congregation members to greet one another with a simple "hello" or "God bless you," to avoid physical contact.
We will also not be passing a tithe bag through the congregation but instead have boxes available at the back of the sanctuary and in the foyer where you can put your contribution. You can also give securely online at our church website.
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least twenty seconds.
Use an alcohol-based hand-sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water are not available.
If you are sick, please stay at home and watch the services on-line.
If you cough or sneeze, please cover your nose and mouth.
Limit contact with those who are sick.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Please be understanding and supportive of those who choose not to attend services or join in fellowships at this time.
If the situation worsens and we are ordered into a more stringent quarantine, we are prepared to stream our services in lieu of gathering at the church.
Please continue to pray for the parts of the world that have been hit the hardest, for God's provision for those affected financially, and for an end to this pandemic.
Also, we will continue to pray for national and global revival. We are reminded that many people turn to God when government and science are limited and there is nowhere else to turn. Only God knows what it will take to bring people to their knees in repentance and saving faith. We will continue to pray that God will do whatever is necessary to bring about a great revival knowing that He is fully capable of protecting and delivering His people.
For this reason, I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
- 2 Timothy 1:12
For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.
- 2 Corinthians 1:8–10
Concerning the financial impact of COVID-19, we remember the words of Jesus regarding food, clothing, and all material needs.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
- Matthew 6:33
We will not fall victim to a spirit of fear because that is not from God.
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.
- 2 Timothy 1:7
What a wonderful opportunity we have to be a powerful witness for Christ during these perilous times and to demonstrate the calm assurance of faith while bringing the message of hope to a lost and trembling world.
Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like- minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
- 2 Corinthians 13:11–14
Until further notice, we will continue to have our regular Bible studies and events unless stated otherwise. Please check back on our website for regular updates as we make prayerful decisions each step of the way.
Pastor Brad Young