March 24, 2020 – 8:15pm
It is with great sincerity I write you this evening to inform you that a member of our church family has been confirmed positive with COVID-19.
We will not be releasing this individual’s identity out of respect for their privacy.
The last time this individual was on the Graceland campus was March 8 for Groups, Worship, and our Vision Sunday lunch. It is possible with this timeline the individual had not contracted the virus. However, Floyd County Health Department has called and informed us that this is a date the individual was certain of being in a large gathering.
First of all, we must pray. This virus and the changes it has brought to the world and our nation in the last couple of months are no surprise to God.
Secondly, we must stand firm in scripture and trust God in times of the unknown. Jesus says to us in Matthew 11 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This is a promise from Jesus that he will give our souls rest. Rest! Isn’t rest what we crave in our anxiety and confusion? Family I pray we would go to our knees in prayer for our souls as well as the souls in our neighborhoods, generations, and in the nations.
Third, we will be contacting the people we know had close contact with the individual infected with the virus. This is not to spread fear or panic or gossip but so those in close contact can contact the health department and be vigilant in looking for signs of the virus in themselves and in their families.
Finally, we will continue to update you as we get more information on this situation.
Again I ask you to pray. Pray for our church family member who has been infected. Pray that God would heal them and bring them through this virus safely to health. Pray for those whom this individual came into close contact with, that they would be spared this virus. And pray that through this virus, people far from God will be brought close because He is the only one who can give us true rest.
Below is a message from the Floyd County Health Department:
The Floyd County Health Department has confirmed that a resident of Floyd County has tested positive for Covid-19. This individual has been treated at Baptist Health Floyd. Within the previous weeks the patient was identified to have attended the following events:
Graceland Baptist Church, 3/1/2020, and 3/8/2020.
If you were present at these facilities and/or events and have developed fever, cough, weakness, and diarrhea, please self-quarantine and contact your primary care provider for additional guidance.
If you do not have a primary care physician, please call the Indiana State Department of Health at: (317)233-7125 after hours (317)233-1325.