Update Concerning COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
 
The leadership at River of Life Christian Church has been closely monitoring the situation
concerning the coronavirus. After prayerful consideration, the decision has been made to
exercise caution and postpone Sunday morning worship and our mid-week programs for
Sunday, March 15 th and Wednesday, March 18 th . We understand there are many opinions about the best course of action concerning this matter and we appreciate and value those diverse thoughts and opinions. With that said, our Governor has declared a state of emergency in Michigan and our President has declared a state of National Emergency. With those declarations came requests to help contribute to an attempt to contain the problem and protect those vulnerable in our communities. We feel that out of a heart of compassion for the most vulnerable in our communities and church family, it is best that we honor the
recommendations provided by those in leadership. We are grateful to the scientists and
healthcare workers who are working tirelessly to fight this unforeseen burden and  encourage all in our household of faith to diligently pray for them.  Despite all that is happening in our world today, we stand firm with faith and not fear. We move forward with compassion for our community and encourage everyone to look for opportunities to emulate Jesus and bless those around them. What an incredible mission field
that lies outside our doors!
 
     River of Life started in a living room with a handful of people. There was such beauty in the simplicity of worship as we gathered in the intimate setting engaging in fellowship, singing praises, praying, and sharing the word of God with each other. Encouragingly, the President declared tomorrow, March 15 th , a National Day of Prayer. While we are away from the large cooperate worship setting this Sunday, we encourage the healthy to gather in small groups, engage together in prayer, share scriptures with each other, and offer praises to the Lord. For those who cannot gather in a smaller setting, we encourage you to receive the blessing of extra time to enjoy intimate fellowship with the Lord.
   
     To assist in your time of worship tomorrow, our Worship Arts leaders have prepared a Spotify and YouTube playlist of tomorrow’s worship set. The Pastor has also prepared a devotion based on his sermon. The plan of the leadership is to resume regularly scheduled services on Sunday, March 22nd.   During this upcoming week, the church will be thoroughly disinfected in preparation for services to resume. Recognizing that the situation is fluid, the leadership of River of Life will provide updates to our congregation as necessary.
 
     If there is anything that the leadership of the church can do to minister to you during this unusual time, feel free to contact Pastor Larry or Pastor Brian.
 
Isaiah 41:10-“Fear thou not, for I am with thee: be not dismayed: for I am thy God: I will
strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my
righteousness.”