To all our Church Family and Friends:
Not only is it reasonable, respectful and the right thing to do, it is our Christian duty to comply with all local, state and federal laws as long as compliance with those laws does not cause us to violate God’s laws.
In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s orders, in an effort to stop the pandemic of COVID-19 virus, we are (regretfully) suspending all gatherings of our Church family until further notice (see below). This includes our Sunday morning services, our morning Prayer services, all evening services and rehearsals, and fellowship meals.
Sister Ruth and Brother Gerald will locally broadcast our morning prayer services and Thursday evening church services from our Assembly Room. Saturday evening service will be a similar broadcast.
Looking ahead, we are considering various options for continuing our ministry and mission during this difficult time when normal assembly is restricted. We will update our post when we have new information.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday (March 20, 2020) he is ordering all workers in nonessential businesses to stay home and banning gatherings statewide.
The Democratic governor took the dramatic actions as confirmed cases in New York climbed to more than 7,000. Cuomo reported that the state’s number of fatalities had increased to 35. Johns Hopkins University, which has been tallying deaths globally, put the state’s fatality count at 38.
“We’re going to close the valve, because the rate of increase in the number of cases portends a total overwhelming of our hospital system,” Cuomo said at a news conference.
Nonessential gatherings of individuals of any size or for any reason are canceled or postponed. Cuomo also mandated that all people should stay at least 6 feet away from other people when they are out in public.
And only essential businesses can have workers commuting to the job or on the job, Cuomo said.
The rules will take effect Sunday evening.