Thursday, August 13, 2020


Dear Church Family and Friends.

At The River we believe the Church and our community are family. I wanted to reach out to you in response to COVID -19 and our response. First and foremost we want everyone to be safe. You know your body better than anyone else. If you feel sick, stay home. If you have compromised health and are concerned about contracting the virus, stay home.

We will not gather at The River this Sunday morning, March 22nd. We have several leaders who have offered to open their homes. If you would like to attend one of these gatherings and have not heard from one of our leaders, please contact Pastor Mark at

We will post a video recording of a message on Facebook ( )and send periodic messages through email. Contact Pastor Mark if you would like to be included in those emails.

Do not live in fear, live informed. You can get updates about the virus from  Centers for Disease Control (CDC) at

Follow the Guidelines for Prevention from the CDC.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is why yours truly always carries a handkerchief; yep, I am old school!
  • Carry with you, or in your car, antibacterial hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes and use often.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and quickly discard it.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household disinfectant spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

If contracting the virus, follow the guidelines for Treatment of Coronavirus as outlined by the CDC.

  • Stay home, rest, and let your natural immune system do its work.
  • Drink fluids and stay hydrated, and remember good old water is a natural cleansing agent.
  • Wash hands regularly. Keep all living areas clean with household cleaners.
  • Treat the symptoms. If you experience respiratory problems, fever, cough, or other symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

This would be a great time to reach out to vulnerable neighbors and friends to show concern for them. Maybe getting groceries or just letting them know you are there for them. 

Paul wrote the the Church in Rome:“The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:15–16, NIV)

Pastor Mark C Massey