Coronavirus Updates

MARCH 20, 2020 UPDATE

Pastor Jeff gives an update regarding Sunday service cancelations due to the coronavirus quarantine and shares encouragement from Paul’s words found in Philippians 4.

MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE

March 19, 2020

Dear Dover Assembly family,

As we settle into the 2 week (minimum) recommended closures, this is what Dover Assembly of God Church has decided is the best course of action to keep our family and friends safe as well as allow an opportunity to worship God in church if you feel comfortable in doing so.

To date, we have canceled our next 2 Wednesday evening Family Night services, as well as our ladies Bible study.

We are also postponing our Movie Night, scheduled for Friday, March 27 and will let you know when a new date is chosen.

Robin Housseal’s Memorial Service has been postponed as well. We will keep you updated as to when it will be rescheduled after the virus quarantine has passed.

We are cancelling all services for the next 2 Sundays, March 22 and March 29.  (This may extend beyond 2 weeks, depending on the State’s recommendations and we will keep you updated.)

We will however, stream a message from God’s word for your encouragement. The service will begin at 10:30 and you can watch it on www.doverassembly.com.  Please watch the service each week so we can stay in touch with you and you with us and, most importantly, that you can be encouraged by God’s Word!  Type in a note on the Facebook live so we know you are there and we can say ‘hi!’

We also encourage everyone to be faithful in their giving. If you are unable to be with us, please remember that we have 2 ways to give.

  1. Ordinary mail (as of now the mail is still being delivered)
  2. On-line from our website https://www.doverassembly.com/give/

Even though these are challenging times, God’s word is always there for comfort and encouragement.

The most encouraging verse that God keeps reminding me of during this time is:

Rom 8:28
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.   NLT

If we are a follower of Christ, then we have the assurance that whatever happens in these next few weeks, God will turn them around for our good.

As we ride out this “storm” we have the opportunity to exercise the faith that God has filled each of us with. Just like physical exercise makes our bodies stronger, the exercise of our faith makes us spiritually stronger.

If we exercise our faith during this time, and use this time to be the witness that the world needs, then truly what Joseph said to his brothers will be true for us.

Gen 50:20
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.  NIV

Franklin Graham shared a quote from A. W. Tozer:

“A scared world needs a fearless church!”

Right now, the world is looking at the church to see how we react. Do we live in fear of the future?

Or do we allow our faith to overcome that and be the light that the world needs at this time?

Maybe the church can fulfill what Mordecai said to Esther:

Est 4:14
Who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?  NIV

God is still in control. No need to fear. . . is exactly what people need to hear!

We will keep you updated as things change.

Blessings and stay encouraged!  We will get through this together! As Isaiah 43:1-2 tells us, the Lord will be, and is, with us!

We Love and Appreciate our Dover Assembly of God Family.  Feel free to reach out to us at any time.

pastsorjeffbender@gmail.com / annastetsonbender@gmail.com / 717.292.7729.

Pastor Jeff & Anna

As the song ‘Raise a Hallelujah’ (Bethel Music) says:
I’m gonna sing; in the middle of the storm,
Louder and louder, your gonna hear my praises roar,
Up from the ashes; Hope will arise,
Death is defeated, the King is alive!

Heaven comes to fight for me!
Fear you lost your hold on me!

MARCH 16, 2020 UPDATE

Due to the fact that schools and some businesses have closed or curtailed their gatherings to help prevent the possible spread of the virus, we are canceling the next 2 Wednesday night Family night services for the same reason. We will assess Sunday morning services as time goes on. We will let everyone know if this changes. 

We are encouraging prayer for this situation! God is still in control! Trust him to put a quick end to this outbreak. 

Pastor Jeff

MARCH 14, 2020 UPDATE

March 14, 2020

Dear Dover Assembly of God Family,

Greetings in the Name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ!

I wanted to give you an update on what precautions we as a church are taking concerning the coronavirus outbreak.

The first thing I want to stress is that while this is a serious issue, we are not giving into fear or panic. This virus did not catch God off-guard and he is not wringing his hands in worry. Second Timothy tells us that “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.” 

While we do not panic or let fear control us, we want to do our part in making sure our church family remains healthy throughout out this virus by offering the following information. As of right now, we will continue to have our services as scheduled, however, please read below for what best suits you and your family:

  1. If you chose to attend, please note that we are encouraging everyone to refrain from shaking hands, hugging or any kind of physical contact. I know that we like to shake and hug, but for the meantime, a “wave” hello will be sufficient. We also have several hand-sanitizers throughout the facility that are there for your convenience in case you forget this rule.   
  2. If you feel uncomfortable being in large crowds, we totally understand and please do what is best for your family.  If you take this time to stay home, we encourage you to watch our worship service online at doverassembly.com/live
  3. If you are not feeling well, please use discretion and watch our worship service online. 
  4. If you choose to remain at home until this virus has passed, we are asking that everyone continue to remain faithful in your giving unto the Lord. While this virus has curtailed many things, it has not stopped the churches’ financial obligations. You may give online at our website or by mail. 
  5. Lastly, but certainly not least, continue to pray. Our God is able to keep us from sickness and He is also the God who heals.

Instead of us watching the never-ending news about this virus, let’s continue to look to our Lord and Savior by remaining in the Word.  The Apostle Paul reminded the Philippians of the following:

Phil 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus

Phil 4:8-9
Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. 9 Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.   

President Trump has declared Sunday, March 15 as a National Day of Prayer.  Let’s join together with all Christians tomorrow and pray specifically against this virus.  “When David faced Goliath, he didn’t talk about how dangerous Goliath was, he talked about how great God is. Talk faith, not fear.” 

We Love and Appreciate Each and Every One of You,

Pastor Jeff & Anna