COVID-19 STATEMENT UPDATES…

 

Dear Church Family,
We pray that this finds all of you well and having peace in the time of this unprecedented challenge.  After much prayer, discussion with my wife, church family members, and others across from the state of Kentucky, Cornerstone Apostolic Church is going to temporarily suspend in person services and activities at the church campus and opt to transition to Live Online Services ONLY.  To most of the folks who live outside of the area, they have already been watching the Live Webcasts, but for you that attend CAC on a regular basis, this may be a change that will take some time getting used to.  We will begin our Online Services Only on Sunday, March 22nd at 10:30am and Wednesdays at 7pm and will continue at regular service times until we are advised that we can safely start attending service on campus again.  You can find the online services on our Website at https://www.cornerstoneapostolic.org/live-webcasts/ or the simulcast on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/PastorRDM.  You can also download our Mobile APP at the APP Store or simply CLICK HERE  This Mobile APP only works on iPhones/iPads.
 
At CAC, we look at the safety of our elderly, those who have underlying medical conditions, and those who may not feel comfortable coming to Church and making contact with people that could result in transmission of COVID-19 to someone they are caring for at home or elsewhere.  There are no known cases of COVID-19 in Phelps, or Pike Co. KY, but many in Phelps and Pike County travel outside the county and state into areas that have cases of the Coronavirus.  Thus we will follow the Local, State, and Federal guidelines and the recommendations.  Below is a copy of the Executive Order issued by Gov. Beshear.
 
Please consider supporting the Church through prayer and your tithes and offerings by mailing them to:
Cornerstone Apostolic Church
PO Box 1093
Phelps, Kentucky 41553
 
or
 
Online through our Website with Credit Card or PayPal. 
 
Let’s pray together that this pandemic will be eradicated and we can get back to building up Church Attendance, Youth Service, and Sunday School.
 
If you need to get in contact with Pastor or Sis. McKinney, you can do so through text, email, forms on the website, or call the Church at 606.456.4400.
 
We are committed to staying up to date with Local, State, and Federal recommendations.  If you hear or have updates that you think is pertinent to CAC and the decisions being made, please feel free to pass those along to Pastor and Sis. McKinney.  We will be doing a group online meeting with our Leadership Team in the very near future to discuss the rapid, evolving updates concerning COVID-19
 
 

Beshear clarifies churches are to close under previous executive order

Gov. Andy Beshear said on Thursday that churches should close to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

During his 5 p.m. press briefing, Beshear clarified that a previous executive order closing public-facing businesses requires that churches also adhere to the order and close to in-person business. Beshear said his order not only included public-facing businesses, but also government gatherings, festivals and houses of worship and services.

“All gatherings where people would come together are closed,” Beshear said.

Beshear issued the executive order on Tuesday. The order mandated the closure of movie theaters, salons, gyms, sports facilities and other businesses and facilities.

A member of the Burnette Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Beshear said it was a difficult decision to close churches, but it was necessary to help prevent the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

“I’m a person of deep faith. I’m a deacon in my church. It’s not an easy decision, but is an absolutely necessary decision,” the governor said. “I’ve always believed that God gives us wisdom, and that going to church in a time like this when we know it can be spread in any gathering, not just a church gathering, is not a test of faith.”

The governor reported during his briefing that Kentucky now has 47 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and has had two deaths attributed to the virus. The governor said the death of a 64-year-old male in Louisville on March 13 was attributed to the coronavirus and “a lot of other factors” after test results were recently returned. He also said two children in Kentucky — an 8-month-old and a 6-year-old — have been confirmed in the state.

Beshear’s pastor, Pastor Cory Shull of Burnette Avenue Baptist Church, also spoke at Thursday’s press briefing and expressed support for the governor’s decision to close houses of worship.

“I would call on all of my fellow clergy persons to please hear the wise words of our governor, of national leadership, of the CDC,” Shull said. “Please, don’t put seniors and other vulnerable populations at risk. We are called upon to walk with people in some of the most sensitive and vulnerable times of their lives. We don’t want to create environments where people have to experience more of those very sensitive and vulnerable moments.”

Shull added that, “Just because we cannot gather does not mean that church stops.”

Beshear urged churches to livestream worship services if possible. He also added that church groups and other groups or organizations that may be preparing meals for those in need during the coronavirus crisis are allowed to continue.

Beshear clarifies that churches are to close under previous executive order“Keep doing that stuff. We need you to,” the governor said.

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Dear Church Family,

It is a high priority to make our church a safe, secure place for you and your family to worship. Due to the ongoing concern about the spread of COVID-19 (The Coronavirus) I believe it is prudent to exercise caution in a number of ways. The spread of illnesses like the flu and the coronavirus is something we take seriously. In addition to the strong safety measures we normally follow, we’re taking extra precautions during this time to help keep you and your family safe and healthy. 

 

These measures include the following procedures:

Of course, we need your help too. Here’s what you can do to keep yourself and others safe and healthy: 
 
  • Teachers need to sanitize your classrooms, desks, chairs, door handles, and toys after every service. Additionally, we ask that housekeeping recruit volunteers to help with the tasks of emptying trash and wiping down high-traffic areas like door handles, light switches, commodes and sink handles.

  • We have hand-sanitizing stations. (These items are in short supply. Please bring your own hand sanitizer in the event we run out and are unable to purchase more.)

  • We are closely following news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about best practices to contain the spread of the coronavirus. We’ll continue to update our policies and procedures with the latest information and communicate with you as necessary.

  • Avoid skin contact. While we love giving hugs, handshakes, and high-fives, try giving an elbow-bump, a big smile, or a friendly wave instead.

  • If you need to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with your sleeve or a tissue.

  • Wash your hands often in warm water for a minimum of twenty seconds and

    encourage your entire family to do the same. Our volunteers will ask children to

    wash their hands if they visit the restroom while they’re in our care.

  • Use hand sanitizer often.

  • If you’ve been exposed to a person with the coronavirus or have recently traveled

    out of the country where you might have been exposed, please take a couple of

    weeks off from attending church.

  • If you or your family members are experiencing, or have recently experienced, symptoms associated with the flu or the common cold (fever, persistent cough, headache, chills, or unexplained rash), we ask that you stay home from church for a couple of weeks.

  • If you need to stay home from church, please watch online. We want everyone to stay connected to what the Lord is doing in our church.

    Together, we can do our best to make our church a safe place for everyone. 

    Sincerely,

Pastor McKinney
We will monitor and update information and regulations implemented by local, state, and national authorities and make decisions concerning services accordingly.
 
Here is a letter from UPCI Supt David K Bernard:

A Call to Prayer
I appeal to every minister and church in the United Pentecostal Church International to have special prayer regarding t
he coronavirus pandemic. Let’s focus our prayers on the following points: (1) Divine protection and healing for all people and 
especially for our constituents. (2) Wisdom for leaders to take appropriate action for our safety and security without causing panic. (3) Protection for our nation and church from adverse economic and political effects. (4) Opportunities to share God’s peace, healing, and salvation. 

Coronavirus Update
Due to the pandemic, there have been some restrictions on large meetings and travel. While we hope that most meetings this year can be held as scheduled, we will follow the recommendations or instructions of governmental and health officials. The appropriate district board or ministry committee will make any decision to postpone or cancel a meeting. Local churches may need to consider options for small group meetings, online services, and electronic contributions.
News Bulletin from the General Superintendent
March 18, 2020
COVID-19 UPDATE

The Senior Leadership Team of the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) met yesterday, March 17, at World Headquarters in Weldon Spring, MO, USA, to discuss our response to the Covid-19 virus pandemic. In two recent news bulletins and a video, I have issued a call to prayer and offered biblical guidance. This bulletin provides additional resources and discussion. Each UPCI division and ministry is communicating with its team. Several will provide resources and plans to our constituency, which I will also share in a subsequent bulletin. In prayer Monday night, I received great confirmation from the Lord. If we will move forward from fear to faith, God will give us great revival through the current crisis.

NEW FACEBOOK GROUP FOR UPCI MINISTERS
We are pleased to announce the launch of Forward, a Facebook Group for UPCI ministers. The ForwardFacebook Group serves as the official online discussion forum for the UPCI’s Forward magazine. Like the Forward magazine, this group is dedicated to sharing information, fostering discussion, and encouraging interaction among UPCI ministers. Please note that membership in this group is open only to credentialed ministers of the UPCI (US and Canada). While this group is part of our general communications strategy, we believe it will be a helpful tool in dealing with the pandemic. Request permission to join this group.

SAMPLE PLAN FOR LOCAL CHURCHES
At my request, Pastor Rodney Shaw of New Life Church in Austin, Texas, has provided a plan of action being implemented by their church in response to the pandemic. UPCI ministers can download the plan from upciministers.com.

THE CHURCH IN A PANDEMIC: PART 2
In addition to my previous discussion of the Covid-19 pandemic, I would like to address the operation of the church. The Bible teaches us to obey God rather than humans (Acts 5:29). While we are supposed to obey government, we must continue to proclaim the gospel even when the government forbids it. How does this teaching apply in the current crisis? 

The virus poses several challenges: much is unknown, there is no vaccine, there is no cure, it is highly infectious, and the mortality rate is much higher than for similar diseases such as influenza. It is most deadly for the elderly and those with other health problems. However, people at low risk of death can become carriers of the virus with few or no symptoms and then share it unknowingly with vulnerable people. Thus, we must not only take precautions for our own sake but for the sake of others. We must also consider our Christian witness; we don’t want to be responsible for spreading sickness and death in our community. There could be legal liability for doing so. We are our brother’s keeper. 

In the short term, we can take all reasonable precautions and follow the directions of our government without harming the mission of the church. If everyone follows the best medical advice, we hope to get through this crisis in a relatively short time. We don’t want to be responsible for prolonging the crisis or thwarting the strategy for defeating it. By following this advice, we are not compromising the Word of God but doing what is best for both the church and the community. 

If the crisis is prolonged, then we must consider how to maintain the life and ministry of the church. We must remain committed to Jesus Christ, to the Word of God, and to the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). But in times of crisis, we can consider creative ways of doing so. For example, we sometimes cancel worship services due to snowstorms, hurricanes, floods, and earthquakes. Such natural disasters can cause local churches to be closed for months. In various parts of the world today, some United Pentecostal members must meet in secret in small groups or online because of persecution and danger of arrest. Over the years, I have participated in such meetings in various nations, and I have conducted secret baptisms in a hotel bathtub, a river, and a mountain stream. Under these circumstances, our fellow believers are not compromising the faith but doing what is necessary for the church to survive. In many of these situations, the church continues to grow. 

We are in unknown territory. The crisis will test the saints to see if we will remain faithful to God and the church under adverse circumstances. At the same time, we have an opportunity to win souls who are seeking for peace, healing, and deliverance. The church must be creative in finding ways to preach, teach, pray, and worship together. If large meetings are not possible, we can use a combination of online services, small group meetings, personal visitation, and various means of communication. We can mobilize mature believers to extend the ministry of the church, leaders can take a more active role in connecting with people, and the church can become stronger as a result. 

Let’s continue to pray that God will protect our nation and our church, supply our needs, strengthen the saints, and give our churches unprecedented revival. 

RESOURCES FROM THE US GOVERNMENT
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the White House have issued guidelines for helping stop the transmission of the coronavirus. Additional resources and information are also available at coronavirus.gov, as well as specific instructions for how community and faith-based organizations can help protect the health and well-being of their members. 

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America 
Highlights from President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force

Faith and Community Based Covid-19 FAQ

 
United Pentecostal Church International, 36 Research Park Court, Weldon Spring, MO 63304
Below are some additional links for information from the local, state, and national authorities.