The world and our community have been confronted with an issue that has a serious human impact, and our hearts go out to all who have been affected by the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As members of the body of Christ, it is our responsibility to do two things in times like these: Be faithful followers of Jesus, and be good citizens in our community.
Faithful Followers of Jesus
As faithful followers of Jesus, we are not led by fear or paranoia. We are servants, those who do not even fear death, but live our lives to serve those around us — especially the weak and sick, as our Lord did. What a great opportunity to show that we are here in this community to pray and serve as a faithful presence of God’s coming Kingdom.
We need to be good citizens. Titus 3:1 instructs us to “be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good…”. As good citizens, looking to do “whatever is good”, we work with local authorities to take precautions and act in wisdom — we do our due diligence to try to keep those around us safe.
In an effort to circumvent the further spread of the Coronavirus in California, on Sunday, March 15th, the CDC recommended that all gatherings of over 50 people be postponed or canceled through May 10th. Additionally, the White House has recommended that Americans avoid gatherings of over 10 people through the end of March—this obviously affects Reality Ventura’s Sunday gatherings.
For the time being, we are changing the way that we gather on Sundays.
Due to restrictions placed on public gatherings at this time, and in order to help stop the spread of the virus, our services are cancelled. However, church continues. There is power when the people of God connect to receive the Word, fellowship, and pray together, even if they are not in the same geographical location. Therefore, in place of our large Sunday gatherings, we would like to invite you to join us online at realityventura.com on Sundays at 10a so that we can worship together in song, hear from the word, and pray together. We are also providing content for the children to be ministered to.
In times like this, it’s important to remember that the Church is not a Sunday event or building, but a PEOPLE empowered by the Holy Spirit. One of the best things that we can do for our community, in this season, is to worship and exalt Jesus from our homes and in our neighborhoods.
The video stream will begin Sunday morning at 10a, and can be viewed at realityventura.com. Kids ministry content will also be available at realityventura.com. We’ll see you (virtually) Sunday at 10a!
Grace and Peace,
– Dominic Balli (on behalf the Reality Ventura Elders)