Greetings Church Family! 

I hope and pray this email finds you well and experiencing the blessings of the Lord and His presence.  Late last night, March 19th,  I read and reviewed the latest update on the MCAS Iwakuni Facebook page (Update #10) regarding the newly updated ROM (Restriction of Movement) and ROM TRANSFER policy.
 
While Calvary Chapel Iwakuni is not under the jurisdiction of the base, I realize that the vast majority of people that make up our church body are.  I want to encourage people to heed the new policy and let you all know that I and the church staff want to do our best to support and serve those who are impacted by the new policy.  As such, we are going to be making some changes to our regularly scheduled events and activities here at Calvary Chapel Iwakuni.  
 
As some of you may or may not be aware, this last Sunday, March 15th, there were a number of people in attendance who, AFTER THE FACT, were ordered to retroactive ROM.  At first, this did not initially impact those who came into contact with said individuals, but with the updated ROM TRANSFER policy it now does.  Because it would be near impossible to follow the exact chain reactions of physical contact that took place, we have decided that it is in the best interest of the church body and the community as a whole that we CANCEL ALL CHURCH EVENTS for the rest of the month of March in order to allow for the 14 day mandatory ROM.  First contact, from the church perspective, started on March 15 and 14 days after puts us at Monday, March 30.  To make it easier for all we have simply decided to push the cancelation UNTIL MARCH 31.  After the 14-day mandatory ROM has been fulfilled we hope to return to our regularly scheduled services and meetings beginning with our mid-week service on Wednesday evening, April 1.   
 
Though we will not be meeting in person at the church building for our regularly scheduled services, we have decided to host a LIVE FEED for you all to be able to worship from the comfort of your homes.  We will host a streaming service with worship and the teaching of the Word for Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.  We will be streaming from our church’s Facebook page at our regularly scheduled times of service (facebook.com/CalvaryIwakuni).  We will also record the audio of the teachings, as is our normal practice, and post them to our website (www.calvaryiwakuni.com), and make the teachings available as podcasts through iTunes.   
 
I, and the rest of the church staff, can be reached via email and cell phone.  Our contact information is listed in the church bulletins and on our website.  If you need assistance, or prayer, or just have questions, feel free to reach out to us.

I understand that the situation we are in is very fluid.  Changes to policy seem to be the norm.  We as a church will be doing our best to monitor the changes that are being implemented and prayerfully respond to each of them.  Things could change, in fact, I would count on things changing between now and the end of the month.  But until official word is given, or until orders and policies change, we will simply do our part to help people comply with this 14-day ROM.  What will take place next, only the Lord knows.  As we seek Him and draw close to Him, I am confident He will lead us and guide us through it all.  

My hope and prayer is that we will not operate in fear, but trust in the sovereign hand of our Lord.  The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).  And we are encouraged to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, to let our request be made known to God (Phil 4:6).  May we take advantage of this time by spending more time in communion with our Lord in prayer and by being a light and an example to all around us.  May the peace of God that surpasses all understanding be ours during this season of change.  May God be glorified in all we say and do.  
 
In Christ,
Pastor Glenn Phipps