Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update as of 3/21/2020

“Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. The very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear – you are more valuable than many sparrows”

In this season of crisis and national emergency, we are all being challenged. Some within our congregation have been diagnosed with strep throat & influenza. Others with pneumonia and some with the latest coronavirus – entire families & households being affected. Still others of us are awaiting test results while under quarantine as the entire state of New York is under a directive from the governor to ‘hunker down’. We must remember that NONE of this happens apart from the loving and watchful eye of our Heavenly Father. Straight from the Savior Himself – from Jesus’ lips to our ears: Your Father is with you! Your Father is intimately familiar with you and you are highly valued by Him! Don’t dare entertain the thought that any challenge you face escapes His notice for even a moment. It does not. 

As the Father is with us, so we are called to be with each other. Regardless of what you are experiencing in this hour, please know that you are not alone. This is the time for us to rise up as best we are able under the circumstances, to support one another, particularly any and all who are being physically affected by this crisis. 

If you are affected or in need & would like prayer or assistance, please REACH OUT to us by phone or Facebook message. Our commitment to you is that we will work to help connect people in need with resources and / or helpers who will prayerfully respond. Options are limited, due to certain NYS directives at this time, but our Heavenly Father’s resources are NOT limited! We will call on the God of all Comfort as we join our faith together & look for ways & opportunities to address any need that arises. 

We are being called as individuals to commit to pray more than ever in this season & to pray for one another in particular. It would be easy to become distracted with the ‘news of the day’ or be drawn into the fear & hysteria surrounding the turmoil. But we are not of those who ‘shrink back’; we are those who have faith to the ‘saving of the soul’! Let us commit, by God’s grace, to renew our resolve to give thanks in everything and pray without ceasing, amen?!

These are perilous times we are in… but we are in them together! May the Lord bless and keep you each – praying for you all…

Pastor Joel

PLCC Office: (516)432-5990

Eric Torsten: (516)642-1444

Comments 3

  1. Susan Groh

    Good morning dear brothers and sisters from Dylan and Susan in Costa Rica. We are good. School has been closed 1 week. Homeschooling. Social distancing. No play dates. Churches and beaches and public pools are closed. No beer or alcohol sales in Carrillo Canton – like a county. Stores are currently well stocked. Seniors can enter supermarket 2 hours early.

  2. Leslie Carlone

    Thank you, Pastor Joel for your comforting, encouraging email. Praying for everyone, especially Jodi & Michael working in the hospitals & whoever else in our congregation working at an essential job & has to be out everyday to work. Praying for a supernatural peace to comfort all of us during this uncertain time. Praying for you always, as you lead our church. We thank God for you! John & Leslie

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