UPDATE: CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)
LAST UPDATED MAY 23 AT 9:00 PM
Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how LH is responding. Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and the surrounding community. As a church family, we are also committed to actively serving and loving the people who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic through our Prayer and Care response. For more information on our response, click the button below.
HOW IS LH RESPONDING TO THE STAGE 1 ANNOUNCEMENT?
In accordance with state and county guidelines, we will not be hosting any of our in-person worship experiences. We will continue hosting online Worship Services until we can provide a safe environment for our church family. Our Small Groups, Logic, and Celebrate Recovery will also continue to meet online. The state and county executive summaries as they pertain to religious facilities include:
Anne Arundel County & Baltimore County
- Religious Facilities are not permitted to open. Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.
State of Maryland Guidance
- Maximum of 250 people;
- Wearing face masks;
- Non-contact temperature taking at the doors or voluntary temperature taking at home prior to arrival;
- 7-feet required between people;
- Refrain from congregational singing; and
- Sanitizing before and after services.
Even though we cannot gather together, we’ve experienced incredible community, testimonies, and salvations, not only locally but across the country! We encourage everyone to engage in our online community, share the worship services on their own personal social media accounts, and for those that are comfortable, consider hosting Watch Parties with friends and neighbors, following the 10-person limit per state and county guidelines.
HOW CAN I ACCESS THE LH ONLINE WORSHIP EXPERIENCES?
ARE SMALL GROUPS STILL MEETING?
Even though our Small Groups are not able to meet in person right now, we are able to meet online. Many of our Small Group leaders have begun to move their group meetings into an online video call format. This format has proven to be an excellent alternative to in-person meetings that still provides community, connection, and support to those who attend.
IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY STILL MEETING?
Yes, Celebrate Recovery is continuing to host meetings online. As a response to this crisis, the Celebrate Recovery National Team has created a way for us to connect through the Celebrate Recovery Crisis Response Program, following National CR Crisis Response Guidelines. At LH, our Recovery Pastor, Kevin Spence, will continue holding the regular CR meetings through the Zoom Platform on Wednesday and Friday nights. For more information about joining CR meetings, contact Pastor Kevin Spence.
IS LOGIC STILL MEETING?
Yes, we believe that even in a season of social distancing, Logic is a place for students to belong, love God, and build community. We are doing this by leveraging social media platforms including Instagram, YouTube, and Zoom. Our student service will take place every Thursday at 7 pm via livestream on Facebook and YouTube. We are also hosting small groups every Sunday via Zoom, along with Zoom hangouts throughout the week. You can find information about Logic’s upcoming events here.
Connect with Logic on social media!
Instagram, YouTube, TikTok | @lhlogic
Facebook | @lhlogic1
IS LH GLEN BURNIE OFFICE OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?
The LH Office is not open to visitors at this time. In accordance with federal and state guidelines, we have restricted many of our daily operations. Despite our restricted operations, you can still reach us both by phone and on our social media platforms.
WHAT ABOUT LH MISSION TRIPS?
Our leadership team is continually consulting various sources of information, including our ministry partners in other countries, the State Department, and organizations like the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization. As we have prayed through the circumstances and what is to come, we believe this is the summer to give, not go. With the health and safety of our mission teams and ministry partners in mind, we have decided to cancel our summer mission trips. Although we can’t deploy our teams globally, we are expectant for the ways we can live on mission right where we are during this season!
WHAT IS LH DOING TO HELP IN THE COMMUNITY?
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HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He sent His Son, Jesus, to come for us. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.
If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. If you are a follower of Jesus, we encourage you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here are some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
- Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to your LH Family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.