Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
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UPDATE AS OF 3/17/20 at 3:00pm PST
We had an amazing weekend online! We heard back from so many of you about how well you were able to connect with the service. We had at least 6,700 people attend one of our three services which is more people participating in total than we would have on a normal weekend! Let’s keep this level of participation going, even trying to increase it, as we invite our neighbors to join in online, especially while we’re spending so much time at home. We are looking forward to another great weekend online!
With the “shelter in place" orders in effect, all of our locations are closed. We will not be gathering in our buildings for the next 6-8 weeks. We will continue to monitor and communicate with you as new developments arise. Please visit our website for the most up to date information.
Our Care team is currently working to build resources and online groups to provide support, care and prayer for anyone in need. We see you and we care about you. Stay tuned for more information later this week regarding specific details.
We are encouraging all Community Groups to figure out ways to connect via Zoom, Skype, Facebook or other online or phone services that will allow you to gather together as a group to pray together, stay connected and discuss the sermon with each other. Please email us for technical help on how to do this.
If you are healthy and up for it, we encourage you to check on your neighbors and see if there are any ways you can serve them or pray for them. This is our time to shine as servants of all.
Our team is praying for you every day. We hope you use the extra time you have at home, perhaps in solitude, to cry out to the Lord in prayer for health, provision and a powerful movement of the Spirit that draws the world INTO the heart of God in a way that brings the restoration that we’ve been working for. We are here for each other.
Love you all,
UPDATE AS OF 3/11/20 at 5:00pm PST
We have a change of plans that we need to update you all on. Through the night and all day today, Pastor Steve Madsen and our leadership team have been in conversation with a lot of you, our staff, as well as with leaders from Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, and have decided to make some adjustments to our weekend plans.
We have decided to host church online for the next two weekends.
We are not canceling our services, but we ARE changing the location in which everyone will engage with our church services. To be clear, we are not hosting services at any of our 5 campuses this weekend. Instead, we are asking everyone to participate in our church services online either in your home or in an alternative venue (preferably with under 50 people).
I’d like to be clear on this, we are not making this decision out of fear or panic; we really do not feel either of those. Also, we’re not caving into media hysteria or pressure. Rather, we have a deep concern for the health and well-being of all of our people and most specifically, our elderly population and those with additional health challenges. We would rather make some short-term sacrifices if it has a chance of keeping people healthy so that we can quickly get to a place where the virus is adequately contained and get back to a new normal. Additionally, leaders from both counties have specifically asked our church to temporarily not gather in large groups and we think it is wise to cooperate with their requests.
The more our team has sat with this temporary change of direction and have prayed through this, the more excited we have become about the potential there is in this situation to see God do some amazing things. The early church oftentimes had a hard time gathering in large groups. Instead, they had to disperse and meet in smaller communities and the movement accelerated. What if we saw something similar happen?
With that in mind, we have 3 requests of you:
- If at all possible, join us this weekend online at either 5pm Saturday night or 9am and 11am Sunday morning for church. Thousands of us gathering at the same time in hundreds of locations throughout the East Bay will be a powerful experience. Our church online link is: live.cornerstoneweb.org
- Invite as many people as you can to our online services. Let people know on social media that you’ll be participating in church services online this weekend. Many of your neighbors are sequestering themselves and based on the situation may be very receptive to watching church online this weekend. It’s possible we can have more new visitors experience our church this weekend than we’ve ever had! Over the next few days, we will be giving you some online tools by way of our website that you can use to invite people to our services. www.cornerstoneweb.org
- Host a small gathering of people to watch one of the services together. You can host this in your home or at another venue while streaming the service online. Get some coffee, go buy some donuts and invite people to join you for church. (The same precautions that I listed yesterday still apply to this; if you aren’t feeling well do not attend a gathering).
As of right now we are planning on hosting church online for the next 2 weekends. However, that could change depending on how things play out with the coronavirus. We will try to over-communicate with you as we move forward so that you have the information you need as we progress. Your Campus Pastor will be following up with you with more specific information about things going on at your campus.
I hope you’ll join us in viewing this as a great opportunity to see God move in a fresh way in the East Bay and that you would actively participate in that movement.
Let me know if you have any questions or please reach out to your campus staff team.
Love you all,
UPDATE AS OF 3/10/20 at 5:00pm PST
As you know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be an emerging situation. Although there have been no cases reported at any of our Cornerstone Campuses, we would like you to know that we are monitoring the progress of this virus and we want to assure you that we are taking precautionary measures to protect and care for our staff, volunteers and all people a part of Cornerstone, which includes the following:
- Our facilities are carefully cleaned on a regular basis, including the regular cleaning of objects and areas that are frequently used, such as bathrooms, door handles, railings, and everything in the kids areas including the toys.
- We have increased the number of hand sanitizer locations throughout each of our facilities.
- During our ‘meet and greet’ time we will be encouraging everyone to fist bump or nod as a way of greeting each other.
- Our door greeters are also encouraged to fist bump or nod as a way of greeting guests.
- For the time being we will not be passing anything down the aisles during service, this includes our time of giving. Instead, we have two alternatives for you to give. First, we encourage everyone to become an online giver, preferably a monthly recurring giver. You can click here to set that up through our website. If you need help our finance team is available to walk you through that. Second, we will have giving locations in the back of the auditorium or in the lobby depending on your campus location. One of our prayers is that giving does not drop off through this season as we pursue the mission God has for us.
Additionally, if you are not feeling well or choose to stay home, you can watch our services live online at 5pm on Saturdays and 9am & 11am on Sundays by clicking this link. In addition to that, you can watch the sermons and Beyond Sunday conversations throughout the week on our YouTube channel.
In the meantime, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises us to:
- Avoid close contact to people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick (cold & flu-like symptoms).
- Cover your cough, sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve and not in your hands.
- Wash your hands often/regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Most importantly, let’s remember that God is fully in control and that we have the opportunity to demonstrate our faith in Him through this season. The most often repeated command in the Bible is ‘Do not be afraid’. Although it is wise to take precautions, we should do our best to be hopeful in situations like these. Many of our neighbors are fearful right now and God may use us to bring them some hope and encouragement during a time when they really need it. Join us as we pray for our community leaders and anyone who has been affected by this virus.
For now, we will continue to meet on all of our Cornerstone Campuses for our weekly gatherings and services. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will post ANY updates to cornerstoneweb.org/coronavirus. We are looking forward to a great weekend as we continue our series in Philippians!
Love you all,