March 15, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Church Update

With new information and updated recommendations coming out daily, we have waited to give you the most accurate information that we can regarding the services at Joy for this weekend.

Let me begin by saying that God is in control and we can trust Him through whatever we will encounter over the next few weeks (Psalm 46:1-3).

While we continue to have great faith in God, we must also use our God-given wisdom during these times. Below is how we are responding as a church.

1) At this time, all regular scheduled services will continue as planned (Sunday school at 10:00, Morning service at 11:00, and evening service at 6:00).

2) During these services, we will not include our handshaking and greeting time. We also encourage you not to shake hands with others. However, we do encourage you to welcome each other with a friendly smile.

3) We will not be passing the offering plates during these services. Our ushers will be available with offering plates at each of the auditorium entrances before and after each service. You can also give by text (276.285.5502) or by visiting

4) Bulletins and prayer guides will not be passed out. They will be available in the church for you to pick up at your convenience.

5) Anyone (child or adult) who may be sick, please just stay home and get well. Please note that we will be broadcasting our services through our conference number: 276.696.6805. If you feel you would be better off staying at home, we certainly do understand. It is understood for the most part that the elderly with underlying health conditions are more susceptible to the virus than those who are younger.

6) Hand sanitizer and Kleenex’s are available.The best way to clean our hands is good old-fashioned soap and water.

7) In between the Sunday Morning and Sunday Evening Services, we will be disinfecting surfaces and venting the facilities.

8) In addition to these steps, our deacons have done their best to identify those in our congregation who are considered at risk. They will be contacting you to see if we can help you by picking up your groceries, your mail, and your prescriptions. Please let them know how we can serve you.

9) Above all this, PLEASE PRACTICE LOVE AND RESPECT AND PRAY. Every person that you come in contact with needs all three.

Proverbs 3:25-27 says, “Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.”

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

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