Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, 

Let us go into the house of the LORD. 

 

 

Service Times-
 
Sunday school for all ages- 9:30am
Sunday morning service- 10:45am
Sunday evening service- 6:30pm
Wednesday evening service- 7:00pm
 

 

(ORIGINAL STATEMENT –  POSTED THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020)

(POSTED THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020)

With all the news and concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Maranatha Baptist Church is responding. The church staff is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information materializes, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers (relevant to our church) to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family, friends, visitors, and surrounding community.

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Is Maranatha continuing services?

Yes. We will continue to gather for all of our regular services.  If schedule adjustments become necessary, we will update this page immediately and share any plans we have. Again, at this time, all services are continuing as usual.

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Should people come to Maranatha if they are feeling sick?

No.  Of course, we place a high priority on gathering together and we always want you to feel welcome at Maranatha.  But, if you are feeling sick or running a fever, the best way for you to love your neighbor is by staying home. It will also give you an opportunity to rest and recover then join us again as quickly as possible!

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What precautions can people take when attending Maranatha?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

*  Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

*  Using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available

*  Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

*  Avoiding close contact with people who are sick

*  Staying home if you are sick

*  Covering your cough or sneeze

*  Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly

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What precautions is Maranatha taking to make services as safe as possible?

We are taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. These include:

*  Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) with an EPA certified disinfectant

*  We maintain hand sanitizer dispensers in common areas and are ensuring they are full

*  Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis

In addition, we encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider other greeting interactions like waving or fist bumping instead of hand shaking

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How can I better understand the coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness, an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus and is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. This new coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe and include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that the risk in the U.S. is still low. They will update this status regularly on their website here.

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How should I respond spiritually to the coronavirus?

First, pray!  The Bible reminds us to avoid worry and trust the Lord as we pray to Him for our protection and provision.  Philippians 4:6  Be careful [worrisome] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Remember the Good News the Lord gives us.  This world-wide story is “bad news” that impacts us all.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet another reminder that we live in a fallen world of sin, sickness, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sin, sickness, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Christ Jesus. 

The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin. Now, anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and enter in to a relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.