COVID-19 Update | March 13, 2020


By now you’re aware of what’s happening in our community with the Coronavirus. And I’m sure you’re wondering how we’re responding to this. We’ve been paying close attention to the CDC and our local and state officials have adjusted accordingly. On Thursday, Governor Holcomb gave the directive that any non-essential gatherings of more than 250 people should not meet. And he was clear to say this directive included churches. And because we want to be part of the solution, and because we care about your health and safety, we’ve decided to abide by them. So, until larger gatherings like ours are given the all-clear, we will be hosting our services online. And, don’t worry, we’ll keep you informed as we journey through this together.

I recognize this crisis is causing panic and fear all over the world. And we shouldn’t be casual about this. In fact, we’re increasing our precautions and are more proactive against this virus than ever before. And we encourage you to do the same. But let me remind you, as followers of Jesus, he tells us not to fear over and over. So, this is an opportunity to lean into God’s sovereignty. Really…is our hope in Him or not? This is an encouragement to not let fear overwhelm our faith. Nor should we let this crisis derail our focus. That’s why I’m excited about this weekend’s message. Because we’re starting a message series this weekend, leading up to Easter, that’s all about focusing on our Mission even when everything around us tells us not to. Sounds appropriate, right? You’ll be able to watch the message this Sunday at

Now, I know one of the things we love about Brookside is the community. But even though we can’t meet this weekend, it doesn’t mean we can’t still be together. Invite your friends to watch the message with you. And always, your Team here is available. If you need to talk with us, please don’t hesitate to call or email. And speaking of community, we’re looking for more ways to help maintain and even build community through this online presence. So please engage with us. And don’t forget to engage with your Community Life Group.
But if I could, I’ll ask you for a favor. Not meeting together will create financial strain on our church. I know a lot of you give online, but if I could ask the rest of you to help us by doing that as well, that would be so appreciated. You can do that on our website or on your Brookside Church app. And the reason we’re asking is just because we can’t meet for services, it doesn’t mean ministry has stopped. So, let me say thank you for being so generous.

I also want you to know that our youth programming and home-based Community Life Groups will continue to meet for now. We also have resources available to carry great conversations with your kids and students. Simply contact the church office and we can direct you to the right Team leader.
At the same time, if you’re in a high-risk age group or have compromised health, we encourage you to stay home from your Community Life Group.
Aren’t you glad we serve a God who hasn’t given us a spirit of fear, but of love, of power, and of a sound mind? We are very aware that this virus doesn’t just impact our church, but our city and world. And we know it’s going to affect your family as well. It might take you out of work some. It might be hard to make some financial commitments. We want you to know your church is still here for you. So, reach out to us. We will continue to reach out to you with the relevant information you need on all our social media platforms. We want our church to stay informed.

I’m so thankful for each of you. I hope you’ll join us in praying for our church, our city and our nation. Because this isn’t a time for fear. It’s a time to trust God. And our community needs to see that in us. We love you and we hope you’ll join us this weekend online.  


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