Philippians 3:12-14:

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Here we are in Sherwood, Oregon and surrounding towns in the midst of the great 2019– 20 Coronavirus Pandemic. Here is some information that I found on the Wikipedia site on the virus:

 The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China, in December 2019, and was recognized as a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020. 

 The virus is typically spread during close contact and via respiratory droplets produced when people cough or sneeze. Respiratory droplets may be produced during breathing but the virus is not considered airborne. People may also catch COVID-19 by touching a contaminated surface and then their face. It is most contagious when people are symptomatic, although spread may be possible before symptoms appear. The time between exposure and symptom onset is typically around five days, but may range from two to fourteen days. 

 Common symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Complications may include pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is no known vaccine or specific antiviral treatment. Primary treatment is symptomatic and supportive therapy. Recommended preventive measures include hand washing, covering the mouth when coughing, maintaining distance from other people, and monitoring and self-isolation for people who suspect they are infected.

As most are aware, many activities have been placed on an indefinite hold and guidelines have been provided by the federal, state and local governments regarding public gatherings. As of the time of this writing it is not clear how long these guidelines will remain in effect. 

A big thank you goes out to all who have helped with the online worship options. Church leadership once again encourages congregants to sign up for Simply Giving as a way to assure your tithe is received in a timely manner. Blessings to all. 

In His Service,

Tim Grace