CARE FOR THE COMMUNITY

Visit the page linked below to find ways that you can minister to those around you during this unusual season, or how you can seek help if you need it.

Care for Our Neighbors

Updated: March 28, 2020, 6:30pm

WEEKDAY EVENT & ACTIVITY UPDATES

CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: ESL English classes, Women’s Bible Studies, Equipping the Saints, Moms Connection and Awana.

Iglesia Hispana: Los servicios de adoración se reunirán virtualmente a través de Facebook Live los domingos a las 10:45 a.m. Visite nuestra página web para más información.

Food Pantry: Our food pantry will be open Wednesday for regular food pantry customers.

Young Adult Gathering: Our Young Adult Gathering is moving to a virtual meeting environment. Please see the GroupMe for info or contact Hannah Yearick for details.

Jr./Sr. High Shepherd Groups: Jr. and Sr. High Wednesday night small groups are moving to virtual meetings. If you have any questions, contact Aaron Osborne (Jr. High)  or Lee Banton (Sr. High).

Quest 5th grade Shepherd Groups: We will be meeting virtually on Wednesday nights starting at 7:00 p.m. For those who missed our first virtual meeting, contact Tony Cho (tonycho@restonbible.org) with any questions about how to connect with the group.

Perspectives: The Perspectives on World Missions class will move to an online format. Contact Tony Pedroni for details.

Fuel: Our Fuel men’s gathering will meet remotely via conference call until further notice. Call in by 6:30am to 703-230-1222 (Code: 7600).

Marriage Booster: We are postponing the April 3 Marriage Booster and will reschedule at the soonest possible opportunity.

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones: The forum originally scheduled for March 28 has been postponed. We will post new dates once the forum has been rescheduled. We will continue our weekly PAL meetings virtually via Zoom meetings. If you are just finding out about PAL and are interested in joining us at our weekly meetings, please write to pal@restonbible.org.

Mom’s Connection Fellowships: Because schools our closed for the rest of the year, we will not meet for any more of our spring fellowships. We may offer one or more of the talks by video, so keep checking back for details.

Check back for further updates on RBC services, events and activities. Our pastors and staff teams will continue to dialogue and make decisions on upcoming events and gatherings. As updates become available, that info will be posted here. In the meantime, if you have a question, please contact the ministry leader directly.

Updated: March 18, 2020, 11:45am

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

All Sunday worship services will be conducted online until further notice.

As you know by now, the Coronavirus is the leading news story around the world. The elders, pastors and staff have been and will continue to carefully monitor various credible sources to stay current on all pertinent information regarding the nature and trajectory COVID-19. Additionally, one of our elders is a practicing M.D. which allows further perspective and more current information to our conversations.

After prayer, reflection and in consideration of both public health concerns and various appeals from federal, state and local government leaders, all services and other events, gatherings and meetings have been canceled since Sunday, March 15. In light of the rapid, continuing spread of COVID-19, we believe this is a wise and reasonable response that both honors the recommendations of our governmental leaders (Romans 13) and loves our neighbors by reducing opportunity for further spread of this highly-contagious virus.

You can watch the sermon March 15 here. Pastor Mike addressed these issues in a message entitled The Gospel Virus and How It Spreads During Troubling Times.

It is the strong desire of the elders, pastors, and staff to serve and shepherd your family over the coming weeks. Please continue to monitor this page where we will update you on plans and address many questions you have. Please walk in humility and resist judging others in their decisions regarding self-quarantine.

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

Check back for further updates on RBC services, events and activities. Our pastors and staff teams will be dialoguing this week to make decisions on upcoming events and gatherings. As updates become available, that info will be posted here. In the meantime, if you have a question, please contact the ministry leader directly.

RBC’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

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“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your requests known to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7

While the world sells and promotes fear, God offers us His peace in every situation. As a church body, we care for one another sincerely. Therefore, as fellow worshipers with you of the Lord Jesus Christ, we remain committed to serve each of you as together we confront the fluid circumstances of this coronavirus. As we monitor the situation and receive counsel from medical professionals within our body, we will post any updates here.

Worship Services, Office Hours & Gatherings

For now, all weekend services and activities are canceled. We will gather virtually by posting our worship services online each Sunday morning. As we make decisions about future weekend and weekday activities, including office hours, we will post updates to this page.

Sunday sermons will be posted online by 9:00 a.m. and can be found at www.restonbible.org/sermons. Please gather your family and watch together at the time you would normally attend a service. Many weekday classes or ministries will be canceled or postponed. We will post that info here as it becomes available, but if you have any questions, please check directly with that ministry leader.

If you are sick, immunosuppressed, have a respiratory illness, or deal with ongoing health issues, we recommend worshiping from home. Exercise discernment in attending any public gathering if you or your family may be particularly susceptible to COVID-19 for any reason, including these “high risk” factors per the CDC.

 

Children’s Ministry & Nursery

We will continue our strict sanitation and disinfection protocols in Quest Children’s Ministry areas. Additionally, you can help us keep our families safe by keeping your child at home if they have had any of the following symptoms in the last 48 hours prior to a worship service or ministry event: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, pinkeye, runny nose, severe cough, rash, suspected communicable illness.

Extra Precautions RBC is Taking

Our excellent cleaning crew – Nubia, José, and Rick – will be using CDC-recommended antiviral cleaning agents on all doorknobs, handrails, bathroom fixtures, sinks, and drinking fountains on a daily basis and multiple times on a Sunday. In addition:

  • Other deep cleaning protocols are in place in appropriate designated areas.
  • Additional hand sanitizer will be placed near all coffee stations and throughout other common areas.
  • Depending on developments, we may postpone communion currently scheduled for April 5.  (We may consider pre-packaged communion elements in the future, but even if ordered today, these would not arrive in time for our next communion service.)
  • We will continue to monitor and consider guidance from public officials.
  • We will not print or pass out bulletins for Sunday services. Instead, please pay close attention to the Thursday Update emails that go out every week through myRBC. If you are not on the distro list or need help setting up a myRBC account, contact Dale Peak for help.

Stateside and Global Missions Trips

Up-to-date information for stateside missions trips should be obtained by contacting your trip leader. In the case of overseas trips, contact Tony Pedroni, our Missions Pastor.

Basic Precautions You can Take

The following are some general steps you can take to prevent the spread of germs, flu and illnesses including coronavirus:

  • Please stay home if you are immunosuppressed or have recent respiratory illness or ongoing health complications.
  • Please stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  • Please stay home until you have been fever-free for at least 48 hours.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid handshakes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.

About 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 between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like 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. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Like many other viruses, the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to spread from person-to-person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss.

You can track updates on the coronavirus at a national, state or county level on the following websites:

A Christian Response

While God may allow sickness and disease for His own specific purposes, such illnesses are also simply the result of living in a world that is fallen and broken. We need not presume that a pandemic has a specific spiritual cause, but we do know that Scripture is clear on this: God is sovereign over His creation, and He works all things together for the good of those who know and love Him (Romans 8:28, 11:36). As with any kind of trial or suffering, the threat of illness can serve as a reminder that life on this present earth is brief and Jesus reigns supreme over all. In light of His sovereign grace, trust Him and consider ways you can love and encourage those affected by fear and illness. These additional practical thoughts from our brothers at McLean Bible may also be an encouragement to you in navigating the impact of coronavirus:

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.
  • 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.
  • Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. Much of our church family (and much of our city) is Asian-American, and we want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.
  • Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.
  • Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online 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.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” -John 14:27