The worldwide events of the past two weeks concerning the COVID-19 (Corona) virus has been extremely difficult for all of us. The “curve”, as the number of cases is called, can grow rapidly and will as more people are tested. After much prayer, research and the seeking of legal and medical advice, the leadership of Haran Baptist have come to a difficult decision:
Haran Baptist Church will be closed with no activities taking place through March 29. Please know this was not an easy decision especially after the service of praise and uplifting we experienced this past Sunday.
We feel it is necessary to have the best interest of the congregation’s health in mind as well as adhering and respecting the voices of the President of the United States and the Governor of Virginia. The decision they made came after much consultation and medical advice and these men were elected to protect the citizens of the United States and Virginia, respectively. We feel as a Christian body we are to respect our government leadership (as long as it doesn’t contradict scripture) and make every effort to co-operate with them in the best interest of the people (Romans 13:1-5).
When it can be arranged the pastor will have a video ready for this Sunday and he will do his best to continue the study of the Book of Revelation by sending you copies of the study by email.
Also and equally important; if you need the pastor, he will be at your door as soon as possible. He will not be making visits unless you request it but know he is more than willing to come to your home or someplace at your convenience.
We realize that you will want to continue your normal giving as the church expenses are ongoing. You can do this by mail to 7539 Old Bent Mountain Road, Roanoke, VA 24018, or even drop it by the church but call first at (540) 774-8986 to be sure someone is there. Other arrangements can be made if you are unable to do either one of those.
We will re-evaluate our situation after March 29. PLEASE be in prayer for our nation, those affected by COVID-19, and Haran Baptist!
Thank you for your understanding, your love for the Lord and your love for Haran Baptist Church.
If you have questions, concerns or need help please call the church at (540) 774-8986.
–Pastor Don Summerville
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!