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An Important Message Regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus


Latest Update – Saturday, March 21, 2020

Until further notice CHURCH PREMISES ARE CLOSED.

All small groups, annual business meeting, monthly practices are cancelled.

Watch Online Sunday at 10:30 am


Update – Saturday, March 14, 2020, 11:00PM

We are recommending that people STAY HOME AND WATCH ONLINE.
Those who would still like to come are welcome but ADULTS ONLY (no children).



Update – Saturday, March 14, 2020, 7:00PM

In his daily press briefing, Quebec Premier François Legault asked people aged 70 and over, the most vulnerable to coronavirus, to stay home. Avoid travel, unless necessary.

Likewise, we ask that visitors and members aged 70 and over, refrain from coming to LCA Church until further notice.



Update – Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:00PM

Following the latest announcement from the Quebec Government about the closure of all daycares, schools, CEGEPs and universities for at least the next 2 weeks,

LCA Church has chosen to cancel ALL Small Group Meetings (Adult, Youth, Parents, Mommies) as of today.

However, Sunday Morning Service is OPEN as of this update.

Please refer to the precautions list in announcement below for whether or not you should attend church.



FROM PASTOR JOHN IPPOLITO


Dear friends and members of LCA,

NOTE: Some of the information has been updated – please refer to the most recent update for latest guidelines/information.

Wow-what a time we are living through. I thought it would be prudent to share a few of my thoughts with you regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

1 – PANIC IS NOT HELPFUL; NEITHER IS FEAR.

First, from the Biblical and spiritual side:

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

2 Timothy 1:7

You may be aware that the government has issued some new precautions. Please know that as a church we believe it is important to comply with these recommendations, not out of fear or paranoia, but out of sincere concern to do what is right in the face of the current situation.

Second, from a practical standpoint:

The risk in Canada as of March 12, 2020 is low, and Quebec has verified only 13 cases thus far. Nonetheless the issue has become serious and I believe our government is doing their best to act prudently.

However, let’s keep our heads in place and know that no matter what, we are in His hands.

2 – LET’S USE WISDOM

Please take all the precautions recommended. For example, please wash your hands often. When opening doors use, knuckles, fists or elbows when possible. If you don’t feel well, stay home.

You can see recommendations from the Government of Canada HERE.

You can see recommendations from the Quebec Government HERE.

3 – WHAT ABOUT COMING TO CHURCH?

We have been saying this for months, even before the COVID-19 was even an issue so let’s be wise:

If you are sick or not feeling well, please DO NOT come to church!

UPDATE – WE ask that visitors and members aged 70 and over, refrain from coming to LCA Church until further notice.

If you or anyone in your home has travelled out of the country within the last 14 days, we invite you to remain voluntarily isolated at home for 14 days (please see above link). This includes ALL the family members in the house, not just those who have travelled.

Those who have not travelled out of the country and who are not sick are welcome to attend meetings at LCA.

While at church, please refrain from shaking hands, hugging and kissing. Even if YOU aren’t concerned, the next person whose cheek you kiss may have health concerns that make them more vulnerable. Let’s care for each other!

For the present, we will continue to have church services, bible studies etc.

Some precautions:

At church, we will exercise a few extra precautions. We will be wiping down door handles etc. with disinfectant.

We will encourage everyone to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer. We will have additional hand sanitizer throughout the building, as well as with our greeters. We will continue to do this as long as we have supplies. Please bring your own hand sanitizer or use the washroom more frequently to wash your hands.

As time goes on, if other precautions are recommended, we’ll let you know. If you are sick at home, you can still tune in on a Sunday morning through our Facebook page’s live video.

LCA Facebook Live

4 – DEMONSTRATE LOVE

What do Christians look like when the world is in a panic over the coronavirus?

Well, can I suggest that we are not the ones hiding in a corner or gripped by fear? We should be those that are confident in the God that we serve, AND we should be serving others who may need help. In the days to come, people may experience fear, isolation and even loneliness. Some may be afraid to venture out even for food. Please put yourselves out there and help one another.

But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43:1-2