Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

WORSHIP TIMES

Worship Experience: Saturdays @ noon.  Watch via our website, Facebook Live, YouTube, Twitter

Recharge: Wednesdays @ 7pm via Facebook Live

Monday, March 23, 2020

Baltimore City is providing grab-n-go meals to all Baltimore children and youth (18 and under) Monday-Friday, March 23-27. The city is also distributing meals for families at select Housing Authority of Baltimore City sites for those communities’ residents only.  Click here for the complete listing of sites by quadrant and with meal type and time. Governor Hogan has mandated closure of all non-essential businesses at 5:00 p.m. today.

Essential businesses generally include: supermarkets and grocery stores, big-box stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and discount stores, garbage collection, healthcare operations, daycare centers, hardware stores, gas stations and auto-repair shops, banks, post offices and shipping businesses, veterinary clinics and pet stores, farmers’ markets and food banks, businesses that provide necessities to shelters and economically disadvantaged people, educational institutions, for the purposes of facilitating distance learning, agriculture and food processing, warehousing, storage, and distribution, transportation, including airlines, taxis, rideshare programs, and vehicle rentals, businesses that allow essential businesses to operate

Non-essential businesses are generally recreational in nature. They don’t provide groceries, health or financial support, or utilities.   These are the businesses largely agreed to be nonessential: theaters, gyms and recreation centers, salons and spas, museums, casinos and racetracks, shopping malls, bowling alleys, sporting and concert venues, restaurants and bars (take out still operational), liquor stores, industrial manufacturing not related to essential function, construction, labor unions, home office supply stores

(as listed in Business Insider – https://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-a-nonessential-business-essential-business-coronavirus-2020-3)

The complete list of essential and non-essential workers as provided by the Department of Homeland Security is here:  https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In an effort to keep you informed, please note the following important update. The Worship Experiences on March 14th and 21st will be cancelled.

In accordance with Governor Larry Hogan’s executive order, from March 14th through March 27th, all Miracle City Church activities, off-site events, meetings, and gatherings will be cancelled. In addition, the Miracle City Church offices will be closed during this timeframe.

While we will not be meeting in person, we will be hosting virtual worship experiences on March 14th and March 21st. These virtual worship experiences will be available on our website. We also invite you to worship from wherever you are: pray with your loved ones, view previous messages, and worship through your giving.

Because this is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation, Miracle City Church leadership may need to make adjustments to these decisions. Please continue to check this page to stay up to date.

In light of all of this, Scripture reminds us: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4: 6-7).

Let’s stay prayerful, healthy, and continue to experience the Miracle of Life in Jesus Christ!

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Last night, Miracle City hosted a live panel – Flattening the Curve – moderated by Pastor Franklin, and featuring guests Dr. David Williams (Chair, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Harvard University) and our own Dr. Sylvette La Touche-Howard (Assistant Clinical Professor, Behavioral & Community Health, University of Maryland, College Park).  The panel debunked several myths and other misinformation about COVID-19.

The discussion was followed up by a powerful prayer session led by Elder Tabitha Hill.

Watch the replay.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, we want you to be confident that your church is continuing to monitor and follow best practices in making determinations about the best way to proceed. We have one main focus: Keeping everyone healthy.

There are 3 things we’re doing to promote this goal:

  1. Dissemination of information 
    • We will provide up to date information in key locations throughout our church facility. Please look for this information in our lobbies, bathrooms, and hallways.
  2. Promoting preventative practices
    • Beginning this week, we will adopt the elbow bump greeting. We encourage people to utilize the elbow bump instead of hugs and handshakes and to wash your hands frequently. We will continue to provide sanitizer in the lobbies and hallways. Keeping your hands clean is one of the important ways that we can do our part to prevent the spread of this virus.
  3. Establishing criteria for event cancellation or postponement 
    • The Miracle City Church Board is staying up to date on the most recent guidance from the CDC, the State of Maryland, and the Allegheny East Conference to determine the criteria to be used if our worship experiences or other church events will be canceled or altered. We will provide this information to you as early as possible.

In all of this, we continue to seek the wisdom of the Lord and we have full confidence that He will guide us through this process. Let’s continue to pray and support one another.

Your Pastor,
David B Franklin

Tips / Resources for Parents

» Free audiobooks for ages 0 – 18:  https://stories.audible.com

» Tour virtual museums:  https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

» Learn at home activities – Scholastic:  https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

» Learn at home activities – Washington Family Magazine:  https://washingtonfamily.com/2020/03/18/24-free-online-resources-for-parents-homeschooling-their-kids/

» Free homeschooling curriculum:  https://allinonehomeschool.com/