During a news conference led by President Trump, he provided a new set of guidelines we as a nation should follow at a minimum over the next 15 days to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus:

It is recommended that we avoid gatherings of ten or more people.

It was advised the elderly with underlying health conditions stay home.

It was advised that Americans should work from home if possible.

We are also advised to avoid eating in restaurants (many are now offering take out options @ discounted prices).

We should also avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits.

During the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918, 50 million people died worldwide. The city of St. Louis introduced drastic measures; the same measures being recommended by the CDC for Covid-19. The result was that St. Louis had a significantly lower fatality rate than other major US cities.

Given these updated Guidelines and in particular point #1 above, Calvary Chapel of St. Louis County will be suspending all church meetings through the end of the month, and doing the Sunday and Wednesday studies remotely, beginning with the midweek study in Ephesians starting 3/18/2020. Studies will be on the Calvary Chapel Facebook page.

These are extraordinary measures for these extraordinary times. It is also a time to show the world that church is not confined to a building.

Pray for our nation, pray for other nations, pray that God’s hand of protection be over His Church, pray for the healing of those who are ill, and of course, pray that we all draw closer to Him as He draws closer to us and guides us through this situation.

Pastor Dave Fitzgerald

Calvary Chapel of St. Louis County