Dear Voice Family and Friends,
In light of all the news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and as you are experiencing the many closing of schools, colleges, concerts and sporting events, we wanted to give you an update about Voice Ministries and IHOP-Michiana.
We, like many others, place a high value on being an environment that is safe and healthy for you to gather, worship, and seek the Lord. We know that this disease is spread though close contact, so we are paying attention to the recommendations by the CDC as well as state guidelines from Governor Holcombe.
Many people have become fearful and anxious. Others have dismissed the whole thing as hype. In 2 Timothy 1:7, Paul instructs Timothy that God has given us love, not fear! His strength is with us and in us and He has given us His wisdom through the Holy Spirit to use self control (sound mind). So in the middle of all this, we want you to be confident that God is in our midst. Peace is with us.
So while we do not operate from a position of fear, there are some common sense precautionary guidelines that we want to share to best serve our Voice community.
Sundays & Tuesdays — Because we are not a large church, we have some room to spread out and meet together. At this writing (3/14), we plan to continue our Sunday and Tuesday gatherings.
IHOP-Michiana will continue to remain open throughout the week. We encourage you to come and sit before the Lord, worship, pray and meditate.
Our team of amazing staff is making sure that the restrooms and hard surface touch points (handles, knobs, tables, counters etc.) are being cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout our facility. Additionally, the children’s spaces and toys are being wiped down.
Please do not feel that you have to shake hands or hug people.
Remember to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (You can say the Lord’s Prayer while you do it!) We provide antibacterial soap in our restrooms.
There is also hand sanitizer located in the coffee area.
If you are feeling sick, we would encourage you to stay home and watch on our Facebook Live feed (http://facebook.com/voiceministries) that we offer each Sunday and Tuesday. And if you choose to stay home, there is no judgment or condemnation from us! Feel free to comment and post testimonies of how the message or service affected you as you watch.
We are able to do what we do because of your faithfulness. So even if you can’t make it here, you can give online at http://voiceministries.com/donate. You are also welcome to stop by during the week and drop your offering in the black box in the lobby.
We will still have communion available at the back of IHOP-Michiana in prepackaged, individually wrapped elements.
Sunday, March 15 is a National Day of Prayer regarding the CoronaVirus. Since we established the House of Prayer, we have often said that there will be days coming that will test our faith. How will we stand in those days. We feel that this is certainly one of those tests. When we come together in unity on a day set aside for prayer, let us be filled with love, hope, and experience great joy in the midst of this unprecedented time in our nation.