Responding to the Coronavirus in our Community

March 31, 2020

Supporting Local: Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry 

We have an opportunity to be a blessing to our local community. Radiant Bible Church has been designated as one of three drop-off locations this week for the Mary Lee Maier Community Pantry, which supplies food for Avon families who have children in Avon schools.

We are offering curbside drop off at our main entrance (simply place items in the provided bins) from March 31 through this Sunday, April 5 from 10AM–3PM. Please consider joining this effort.

Here is the list of needed items:

  • Breakfast items - such as cereal, granola bars, oatmeal
  • Pasta sauce
  • Jelly/jam
  • Snack items for kids who are home during the day
  • Hygiene items - such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant
  • Paper products
  • Cleaning products

 

March 19, 2020 

Online Worship | March 22
Join us for a simulated live online worship experience this Sunday, March 22. 

We are changing our online services times to 9AM & 11AM! 

  • Visit radiantbiblechurch.online.church at least a few minutes before service begins.
  • If you can't join one of those times, you can access the service through the same website and watch it in its entirety starting at 1PM.
  • Help us share the word so our people know how to join us this Sunday online! Also, what a great opportunity to share our church with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. 

Additional features of this online platform:

  • On the right side of the screen, you can access an online Bible through the "Bible" tab
  • You can follow along with the notes for Sunday's sermon using the "Notes" tab
  • Also, there is a "Chat" tab where you can interact with other people watching the service as well as Radiant Bible Church pastors who will be moderating

Radiant Kids
What a joy to worship together as a family, yet we know for kids especially it can be challenging at times to pay attention. Here are a couple of note-taking pages, one for younger children and another for older children, to help on Sunday. 

Financial Assistance
This time has proven difficult for many. We have provided a place for those active in our faith family to express financial or physical need. If you need assistance, please fill out this form. Each request will be prayerfully considered by leadership. 

Giving 
Even though we cannot meet together in person at this time, we can continue to worship the Lord through our giving and practice generosity. When you give to Radiant Bible Church, you are part of advancing ministry both locally and globally. Your faithfulness in giving enables us to be faithful to shine the light of the gospel in our community and around the world. You can give online through our giving page on our website. 

In this season, our mission to glorify God and make disciples stays the same while our methods adjust. Would you join us in praying? We need God's help, wisdom and grace to navigate these days with faithfulness.

 

March 13, 2020

As you know, the leadership at Radiant Bible Church has decided out of love and care for our faith family and community to not meet together in person this weekend. But we are not canceling church! Join us for a simulated live online worship experience this Sunday morning at 9:45AM or 11:15AM.

Here's how to join us on Sunday:

  • Visit radiantbiblechurch.online.church at least a few minutes before service begins
  • Services begin at 9:45AM & 11:15AM on Sunday, March 15
  • If you can't join in on one of those times, you can access the service through the same website and watch it in its entirety starting at 1PM

Additional features of this online platform:

  • On the right side of the screen, you can access an online Bible through the "Bible" tab
  • You can follow along with the notes for Sunday's sermon on "Our God is Faithful" using the "Notes" tab
  • Also, there is a "Chat" tab where you can interact with other people watching the service as well as Radiant Bible Church pastors who will be moderating

At Radiant Bible Church, we prioritize the weekly gathering of our faith family. We encourage you to tune in on Sunday not just as an observer but rather as a worshiper, ready to lift high the name of Jesus and dig into His Word together. 

Radiant Kids

While we encourage you to worship together as a family this Sunday, if you would like additional resources to work through with your kids, click here.

We will miss being together in person this weekend, yet we look forward to this special time of worshiping and teaching from the Word. 

March 12, 2020

In light of the announcement this afternoon from Indiana Governor Holcomb and in order to submit to the recommendations of our local government, we will not hold regular Sunday Worship Services this coming Sunday, March 15. Also, we will not have Student Ministries this Sunday evening. The recommendation for 'non-essential gatherings of 250 people or more' to abstain from meeting did not include a recommended timeframe. We continue to monitor the situation closely and will communicate any updates through both email and social media outlets.  

While many of us may not be concerned about personal risk, we want to love those around us who are at greater risk. We want to be a Philippians 2 kind of church where we 'consider the needs of others above our own'. This is one way we can show love to our neighbors.  

We plan to have some kind of online worship experience for our church family this Sunday. As these details come together, we will be sure to communicate with you.

While we will miss being together in person this weekend, we are reminded that God is sovereign. In these uncertain times, let’s cling to and point others to what is certain—the hope of the gospel and the unshakeable love of God.

March 11, 2020

In light of growing concern regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in our community, we would like to update you on our planning and precautionary measures at Radiant Bible Church. 

With Avon schools closing for this week and next after a confirmed Coronavirus case at an elementary school, this has quickly become a situation that is close to home for our church. We want you to know that as an elder team, we are monitoring the situation closely by reaching out to the Hendricks County Board of Health and by staying informed of recommendations from trusted healthcare professionals and the CDC. At this time, the Hendricks County Board of Health is not recommending that local churches cancel services and we intend to proceed with services until directed otherwise. If this changes, we will be sure to inform you. 

Your health and safety are important to us and we want to be proactive in caring for everyone, especially those among us who are most vulnerable. With that in mind, the following precautions are being put into place for the foreseeable future:

Elevated Cleaning & Health Safety Protocol

We have increased our already thorough cleaning and sanitization procedures. Here is what we have been doing to clean and the extra measures we are incorporating:

  1. Our weekly cleaning protocol includes cleaning and disinfecting all surfaces (such as door handles, crash bars, table surfaces, counters, etc.) each Monday and Friday. Additionally, Kids Ministry areas and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected weekly. 
     
  2. We will also be incorporating the following extra measures:
    • All lobby and Kids Ministry surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between each service and a more vigilant cleaning presence will occur throughout Sunday morning.
    • There will be more hand sanitizers available throughout the lobby and Kids Ministry areas.
    • We will not be passing the Register.
    • We will not be passing the Offering bags. Instead, we will have two locations near the Worship Center exit doors where your offering can be given. Additionally, for the GO! Trips offering this Sunday, March 15, there will be a separate container specifically for GO! Trips gifts or you can give online here and choose GO! Trips in the fund field. 
    • The café will be closed and we will not be offering coffee this weekend.
    • We are encouraging Greeters, Ushers and Volunteers to welcome and engage with others without touching (head nods, smiles and waves are a great way to say hello and "You are loved").

Take Precautions & Reduce Risk

We encourage our faith family to take precautionary measures including practicing cough etiquette and hygiene, washing your hands regularly and thoroughly and limiting physical contact with others. You should avoid attending church activities or services if:

  1. You have had any flu-like symptoms in the last seven days such as fever, cough, vomiting or shortness of breath.
  2. You have been in close contact with someone with flu-like symptoms in the past seven days. 
  3. You have traveled internationally from an area in the past 7–14 days with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus or if you suspect you may have been exposed to it in some way domestically.  

Dwell on Truth & Pray

We live in a world with incessant fear-based news reports on mainstream and social media, making it easy to be given over to a spirit of fear and anxiety. During times like these, we encourage you to draw near to the Lord and dwell on truth.

  1. Here are three passages of Scripture we invite you to think on over the coming days and weeks:
    • Isaiah 41:10: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Remember who your God is and remember that He is with you.
    • Philippians 4:6–7: "The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." The Lord loves when His children bring their anxieties to Him.
    • I Thessalonians 5:11: "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." Consider others in our faith family and how you might be an encouragement to them during this time. 
  2. Please be in fervent prayer for the following:
    • Pray for the many healthcare professionals, educators, public safety professionals and others who are preparing for the treatment and spread of this virus.
    • Pray for the health, safety and peace of those who are most vulnerable in our church and community.
    • Pray that we would take opportunities to share the love of Christ, the gospel and our faith.
    • Pray for wisdom for our church and community leaders.

If anything changes regarding church services or activities, we will be sure to update you.