Updated Friday, March 27th
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak regulations and for the safety of all, we are not meeting together in person as a church. Until we are able to resume our regular church services at our campus, we invite you to join us for Sunday Worship Services online.
Currently, here in New York we are in the epicenter of the virus. Five of the top ten counties with Covid-19 in the United States are here in the greater New York metropolitan area. (Vice President Pence, Thursday, March 26, 2020)
We will continue having webcasts of our Worship Service on Sundays at 9:30AM, 11:30AM and 5:00PM. You can access this online experience HERE. We look forward to you joining us online and experiencing God’s grace!
HOW DO I GIVE MY TITHES & OFFERINGS?
We are incredibly thankful that so many of you having already used the online giving. It continues to confirm to us how dedicated and committed our Church @ the Rock family has been over the years to tithes and offerings; may the Lord be praised!
We encourage you to utilize online or mobile giving HERE. You can also give by mail: 1280 East 92nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236.
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is yet one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things, yet God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death . . . He has come to us in the person of Jesus Christ. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Anyone anywhere who repents of their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to a relationship with God forever. Through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life. If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to watch this message HERE by Ray Comfort as he looks at Ben Affleck talk about his spirituality.
If you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share the Gospel with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So, let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.
In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Him with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to COVID-19:
- Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.
- Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.
- Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online HERE or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.
- Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the Gospel.
HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus; it is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.
The most common early symptoms appear up to fourteen days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe; they include fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue and even gastrointestinal issues. Older people, and those with underlying medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.
The federal Coronavirus Task Force (which includes American world-renowned physicians and scientists) heading up the United States’ response to Covid-19 is continually pursuing improvements in testing the virus, possible medications and the best treatment protocols for the virus, and is constantly analyzing ongoing studies and statistics. While many people recover from the disease without needing special treatment, the number of cases and the death toll in our nation has risen dramatically, with our city as the epicenter. Thus, we are restricted in our lifestyles in the hope that the disease will not spread further.