March 16, 2020
An update on where we are currently, where to get information, a couple of important lenses through which to view the situation, and our plan for ministry moving forward.
As you know, Boise State University has announced a shift to online classes for the remainder of the semester.
Both the State of Idaho and the City of Boise have announced community-wide precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
For more information regarding COVID-19, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
In a time of encouraged “social distancing” and encouragement toward what can easily become isolation, we want to share some lenses through which to view the current reality as we respect the recommendations of experts and local leadership and take proper precautionary measures.
The Lens of Faith
Time and time again in Scripture, we are reminded not to be afraid. These are often times where fear would be a reasonable response - in the face of a real threat. The reasons God gives us in the Bible to not be afraid are never because of the lack of a threat, or the level of the threat we face. The reason we are given that we are not to be afraid is that God is with us.
Faith is choosing to take God at His Word and believe that we don’t have to be afraid because he is with us, not because we don’t face any threats. Let’s contemplate with God where we can move away from fear and toward Him in faith.
The Lens of Connection
As Christians, we value community. But in the current circumstances we are being asked to practice social distancing. We want to move ahead making decisions that value both of those important priorities.
The Lens of Redemption
In our case, we are faced with the realities at hand of COVID-19 itself, as well as everything that has gone along with it (public reaction, media coverage, etc). We could respond poorly, out of selfishness. We could respond well, out of ethical responsibility. Another option, aside from either of these, follows a principle that we see threaded throughout the entire Bible - sacrifice. Jesus gave Himself for us. He laid down his life for His friends.
How can we apply this principle in our response to our current reality? One way to do this would be to make decisions that are beneficial for the groups that are at risk, as well as for the sake of not overwhelming the healthcare system, even if we wouldn’t otherwise be affected. Another way is to consider ways to interact with others as you go out that are both healthy and compassionate.
Ministry Activity Update
Due to the cessation of in-person classes, our team is currently prayerfully considering what ministry activities will look like moving forward this semester.
Weekly Meeting - Meetings at Euclid Church will not happen through the remainder of the semester. We’re considering virtual options for the month of April. Watch social media for updates.
Core Groups - At the request of Boise State University, student organizations have been asked to cancel all on-campus and off-campus events. Accordingly, we need to cancel all Core Groups for the remainder of the school year.
Discipleship - Discipleship meetings may continue on a case-by-case basis.
Special Events - All planned events are canceled for the remainder of the school year.
Grateful for this community and praying together for God to lead us,
The Boise State Cru Team