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McCoy Memorial Baptist Church & COVID-19

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 Important Announcement: Our COVID-19 Advisory Team and our Leadership Team (Pastors and Deacons) have extended the suspension of services and public meetings through April 30th. This is in support of President Trump’s recent recommendation to the nation’s governors and states.
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Please read carefully the following announcement from our McCoy leadership team. This should answer most questions & concerns you may have.
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Church Announcement – March 19, 2020

As you know we are living in historic times. Times and events that people will remember and talk about for years to come. The way we have lived life has greatly changed in the last week, with every 24 hours bringing new changes and new historic events.

These day-to-day changes must also change the way McCoy does ministry. The way we worship, the way we fellowship, and the way we minister to one another has and will be different over the weeks to come. As pastors and deacons, we want to communicate to you some of these adjustments. Who we are as a church will not change, but our day-to-day ministries will look different and be accomplished in different ways.

Last night the McCoy COVID-19 Advisory Team, the deacons, and the pastors met for a time of prayer and discussion about how our ministries must adjust and how we can continue to worship, fellowship, and minister as a church during these times. Although some of these adjustments will be challenging and at times frustrating, we as a leadership team made these decisions with great unity. Further, we want you to know that these decisions were not made lightly or easily. They have been bathed in prayer and rooted in counsel from God’s Word. Change is always hard, but we are excited about the new possibilities and opportunities to minister to those inside and outside our church family.

Sunday Services and Sunday School

The board of deacons and pastors unanimously decided to suspend Sunday services and Sunday school through Sunday, March 29.

Ministries of McCoy

The board of deacons and pastors also unanimously decided to suspend all public meetings of McCoy ministries through Wednesday, April 8.

McCoy leadership, along with the COVID-19 Advisory Team, will continue to closely monitor the situation and government recommendations/regulations. As the situation changes, we will re-evaluate decisions and communicate those changes as they arise.

Why did the leadership make these decisions?

The deacons and pastors made these decisions based on the five following reasons:

  1. Government recommendations: The government is asking people to limit public gatherings for the health and safety of others. This is NOT the government try to stop, eliminate, or regulate our worship. They are simply asking everyone to help curb the spread of COVID-19 and in so doing protect others, especially those at risk, from the devastating effects of COVID-19.

As a church we want to recognize and honor God’s Word to “submit… to the governing authorities for there is no authority except which God has established” (Romans 13:1). Unless these authorities ask us to break God’s commands, we must honor and submit to our governing authorities. Romans 13:1-7 & 1 Peter 2:13-17

  1. Health professionals and officials: The health community and officials are asking people to help curb the spread of COVID-19. The desire is to avoid overwhelming the health system. We have learned much from South Korea and Italy. We want to do what they did well and avoid the mistakes that they made. South Korea did a good job by quickly limiting things that would promote the spread (i.e. public gatherings, among many other things) and therefore were able to avoid overwhelming their health system. Italy took too long, and now their limited resources prevent doctors from being able to provide adequate care for all who need it.

As believers we are called to set aside ourselves (what we desire and want) to serve others. Here is a way we can serve others. In these times we are being asked to forgo many things that will cause great inconvenience and even possible hardship for us. Let us as a body exemplify Christ, his love and his humble service! Philippians 2:1-18

  1. Elkhart County Schools: We as a church have used the school’s standards to help us determine what is safe for our students and community (for areas such as school closings, delays, and even child protection policies). Elkhart County Schools have determined that to continue to gather would not be wise for our students and community.
  2. Protection for the flock: If we continue to meet, we would have some at-risk members who would continue to attend even if they should not, and therefore put themselves in danger. We MUST protect our family. Acts 20:28
  3. Above reproach: When this time has passed, we do not want people to be able to point the finger and say that McCoy was part of the problem and not the solution. A school superintendent said it this way, “In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.”

As a church we want to have a good reputation in the community, a reputation of a church that is quick to serve, quick to love, and quick to follow God’s Word. We believe that in order to serve, love, and promote the truth of God’s Word we must submit to authority and put the safety of others first. Acts 2:47

Continuing to do ministry in different ways!

Just because we have suspended public services and ministries at McCoy does not mean our ministry will cease to exist during this time. However, the method and delivery system will change. Here are some of those adjustments:

Sunday Services

We have a team of people working hard to livestream our Sunday Service. At this time our goal is to post a link on our website that will direct you to the McCoy Facebook page. This will allow you, whether you have a Facebook account or not, to watch the livestream of our service at 9:30AM this Sunday and next Sunday. Once the livestream is over, the video will remain on our Facebook page for viewing at your convenience.

Please be gracious and patient, as this is NEW to us. We will most likely experience some bumps in the road as we livestream our service for the very first time. Please pray for the team as they are working very hard to get all the equipment and personnel ready for Sunday.

Sunday School

For Sunday, March 22 we will not have a livestream for Sunday school, because we are still trying working through many details in this area. Our goal is to provide at least one livestream Sunday school option for Sunday, March 29. We also hope to provide video lessons for our kids. We will communicate more information about these resources as they become available.

All Other Ministries (RUSH, WOL, Cardio Drumming, Pathfinders, etc).

Just because we cannot meet publicly does not mean our ministries cease. We would like to encourage you to reach out to one another: call, text, Facebook, etc. Share thoughts from your time in the Word or a verse that has been encouraging to you; pray for one another and with one another. Let us continue to minster to, fellowship with, and care for one another in new and creative ways!


We will seek to use as many forms of communication as we can: email, Facebook, mail, and phone calls. If you do not check your email regularly, now may be a good time to get in the habit. You may also want to regularly check your “spam” folder, as we have experienced some of our emails ending up in “spam.” If you are not currently receiving our email announcements or prayer chains, please contact Kristi at the office via email: secretary@mccoybaptist.org or phone: 574.294.1131.

Need Help?

If you are in need of help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We want to serve you! We have assembled a team of people who are ready to help – physically and spiritually. If you are in need (groceries, pick up Rx, someone to talk to, etc.) call the office. If we do not answer, leave a message or send an email and we will respond as soon as we can.

Email: secretary@mccoybaptist.org

Phone: 574.294.1131


If you have any questions about this communication, please do not hesitate to reach out to the pastors or your deacon. We want to serve and help you!


Please continue to tap into the most powerful resource we have, PRAYER! Pray for our church as we make these ministry adjustments. Pray for patience, wisdom, gracious hearts, and unity. Our prayer as a leadership team is that we will emerge from this time stronger and healthier as a body!

Pray for wisdom for our leaders. There are many changes, decisions, and new challenges that we are facing. Pray for God’s help and protection as we navigate through all of this.

Pray for the spiritual health and growth of your brothers and sisters. For some, these times apart will stretch their walk. Pray for God’s protection and provision for our family.

Pray for physical protection. For many, COVID-19 poses a serious threat. Many in our church are at-risk and immune compromised. Pray for God’s protection and peace for your brothers and sisters!

Pray for open doors, open hearts, and open mouths. Let’s together pray for new opportunities to share the hope we have in Jesus Christ! And let’s together pray for one another, as Paul asked the church at Ephesus to pray for him:

Ephesians 6:19-20

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”


“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21

With love, Pastors and Deacon Board:

Dan Anderson, John Anderson, Matt Bayes, Roy Ferris, Stan Knafel, Pastor Christopher Kocher, Joe Lloyd, Pastor Ray Laborde, Mark Martin, Ken Petersen, Walt Ryder, Steve Swope

Please read the following statement from the MMBC Leadership team concerning COVID-19.
Click here to open a PDF of the following information

– MMBC Leadership Team

Dear Church Family,

As many of you prepare for the possibility of Covid-19 spreading to the Elkhart area, we want to let you all know that the leadership at McCoy is monitoring the situation closely.

Here are some details pertaining to our church:

  1. We have a coronavirus advisory team that is monitoring and making recommendations to McCoy leadership. This team is made up of health professionals, a physician, a school administrator, and church leadership.
  2. We ask you to stay at home when you are sick for the safety of others, especially our more “at-risk” seniors.
  3. Be extra vigilant about basic flu/cold/cough protocol (see below).

Basic Flu/Cold/Cough Protocol:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cough or sneeze into your bent elbow or a tissue, then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces

For more information concerning coronavirus please visit:


or coronavirus.gov

Most importantly, rest confidently that “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). Through this virus, I believe that our church has been given the opportunity to display the joy and hope we have in Christ to a fearful world.

Be watchful for ways you can serve those around you during this time. Remember, Jesus Christ is your hope, remember to share that hope with those around you!


Christopher Kocher

Pastor of Family Ministries

McCoy Memorial Baptist Church​