Dear Church Family and visitors of the Warren Seventh-day Adventist Church:
We are living in an unprecedented time! However, we should not face it as though we have been taken by surprise. What the world has been suffering through with the COVID-19 outbreak and many other current events have been foretold in the Word of God. It has become evident that only those who have their trust in the God of heaven will subsist in these last days. Pertaining to those who have not developed a saving relationship with God the Bible says the following: “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth” (Luke 21:26).
In the other hand, we find in the Bible several promises that God will strengthen the weakest person that put his/her trust in Him. Here is one amongst several of these promises to claim: “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3). Let’s lay hold of these promises so we can develop trust in the only true and living God.
We would like to update you on the new developments for our Church in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. In the month of May Elder Micheff (President of the Michigan Conference of SDAs) pronounced an update providing Adventist churches the opportunity to develop plans to reopen when the stay-home-order were lifted, leaving the ultimate decision to the local leadership. The Michigan Conference, in conjunction with health professionals and following guidelines and recommendations of the state and other organizations such as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has also created church reopening guidelines to ensure that safe measures are implemented in the churches during this process. These guidelines have been made available to Conference employees and church boards to assist local churches to develop their plans.
With Governor Whitmer’s new order to gradually reopen the state Adventist churches across the state of Michigan have the Conference’s support to implement the plans to reopen. The Warren Seventh-day Adventist Church board has decided to reopen our Church for public Sabbath worship services starting on June 20. Safe measures have been implemented and clear Safety Guidelines have been developed in harmony with the Michigan Conference guidelines for the safety of those who will choose to attend church services. You can find our Safety Guidelines in the link below:
As churches made plans for reopening, thoughtful consideration were given to our
most vulnerable and at-risk members (age 65+ and underlying health conditions) that are more susceptible to severe illness. As such, vulnerable members are recommended to remain at home and enjoy services online. Members also have the prerogative to remain at home if they are uncomfortable with in-person services at this time. Ultimately each individual is responsible for his or her own health and members should use their personal discretion when taking part in church services. Abstaining from public worship during this period should not be perceived as a compromise to the counsel of not forsaking the assembly of ourselves (Hebrews 10:25).
We will be open for Sabbath services at 11:15 AM starting on June 20 of 2020. If you
plan to attend the service we recommend that you arrive few minutes earlier to give time for screening process to enter the building. We highly encourage that you read our Safety Guidelines before attending the service as it states personal practices that will be expected of all attendees when in side the church building.
We will continue to be vigilant in the consideration of any new protocols by the state, county, or city authorities as well as of our local Conference. If the state of Michigan takes a step back and reinstate the stay-home-order we will reevaluate the decision to have Sabbath public worship services.
Differences will inevitably arise as it relates to COVID-19. We invite each to treat one another with respect and dignity. We ask that everyone bear patiently with one another because it is not possible to implement a one-size-fits-all plan that will satisfy everyone.
In closing, it is our prayer that “grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2).