Sunday Update

In cooperation with all state and local efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Echo Community Church will not worship at Perry Hall High School on Sunday.

However, Pastor Phil will lead a livestream event every Sunday at 10:00AM.


Because all public school facilities are closed, Echo is unable to worship at PHHS until schools reopen.  This has been relayed to us by the high school principal. In the meantime, Pastor Phil along with our team of pastors and directors, will shift their attention to equipping you and your family to draw closer to Jesus during this time of great uncertainty.

Here are a few of the resources we will be releasing in the next few days:

  • Links to streaming and downloadable children's Bible lessons provided by LifeWay for use with your kids at home

  • Recommended playlist(s) on Right Now Media (curated by Echo's team) for grown ups and students to stay inspired in Bible Study

  • Regular, 10-12 minute video teachings from Pastor Phil continuing our study through Acts (expect 3-4 episodes per week)

Our team will also leverage available technology to explore the possibility of live prayer sessions led by our pastors and leaders.

This event impacts all of us.  Our God is here for you and your church is here for you.  This is a serious time that we don't take lightly and yet, we are encouraged that this too shall pass.  We will be in constant contact with you. Remember... don't panic. Do prepare. Be generous. Be a good neighbor.  Draw near to God. He will draw near to you.


FOR KIDS HOME FROM SCHOOL

We're so thankful for LifeWay Kids who are offering FREE Bible Lessons to churches! 

Here's how you can access a free account:


Step 1: Go to my.lifeway.com/redeem

Step 2: Register as a new user or login (New users will get an email confirmation)

Step 3: Login and click “Redeem Code” Enter this redemption code: VZMD4SSQ38

Step 4: Click “Access” (Sign in and click “My Dashboard” and go to LifeWay Kids at Home)

Step 5: Download your Activity Page and One Conversation Sheet to use as you watch the video session


Content will be updated weekly as needed. It's free to all churches and the families they minister to.




Remember. . . don't panic.

Do prepare.  Be generous.  Be a good neighbor.

Draw near to God.

He will draw near to you.

We want to stay connected with you.  All communications from your Echo leaders will go out on Facebook on Sundays. During the week, we'll communicate from the following outlets to keep everyone updated!


Here are a few ways we can stay in touch to pray with you, share more info, and encourage each other:


Thank you for staying connected. We're so grateful for the tools and resources that God has provided for us to get the word out and be a support to each other. We're here for you!


Message from Pastor Phil on March 11, 2020

"Our love and concern for our church family blankets everything we do in leading our beloved Echo Community Church.  With the rapid global spread of the coronavirus impacting our state and local counties, I am taking this moment to communicate with each of you some plans for how our church will continue our mission of being and making disciples in this season of uncertainty.


We (myself and our administrative board) carefully monitor all credible information communicated from national, state, and local agencies regarding prevention and containment efforts associated with the coronavirus. At the present time, there have been no restrictions placed upon our weekly assembling together at PHHS for worship and ministry.  Should that change, we will respond accordingly by considering all available options which include renting space at the Hilton Garden Inn or providing live streaming services if face-to-face gatherings are not possible.


Our Echo leadership team is encouraging our entire church family to honor the following preventative measures published by the Center for Disease Control (CDC):


  1. Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  2. Stay home if you are sick.
  3. Keep sick children home until their symptoms resolve.
  4. Cover coughs and sneezes.  Throw tissues in the trash.
  5. Use common sense.  Buy what you need.  Don't panic.  Share with others.  Don't hoard.


As you've heard us say many times, Echo is committed to providing SAFE environments for you and your children.  With this in mind, Echo adopted a "sick policy" from the first day we opened our doors to minister to our community.  Although this policy is visibly posted on-site every time we meet, I thought it would be beneficial to remind everyone of our guidelines for receiving your child(ren) into our ministry environments on Sundays.  We cannot receive children who exhibit any of the following symptoms:


  • Vomiting in the last 24 hours
  • Diarrhea in the last 24 hours
  • Unusual fatigue and irritability
  • Fever of 99.5 degrees or higher
  • Inflamed mouth and/or throat
  • Rash or yeast infection
  • Green or cloudy, runny nose
  • Runny or pink eye
  • Croup, unusual or chronic coughing or sneezing
  • Any skin infections such as boils, unexplained rash, staph infections, ringworm or impetigo
  • Symptoms of childhood diseases (i.e. scarlet fever, mumps, chickenpox or measles)


Finally, one of the things I love so much about our church family is our friendliness.  It's quite common for many to shake hands and for some to extend hugs to one another when we gather.  While we have no intention of discouraging these practices at this time, it's wise for each of us to extend some extra grace and understanding to one another in a season where physical contact with others is being discouraged by many outlets.  If you feel uncomfortable with shaking someone's hand or receiving a hug... that's completely okay!  We won't be offended.  On the other hand, if you extend a hand or offer a hug that is not reciprocated in kind, that's also okay!  Don't take offense.  Remember this though, we are STILL a loving, warm, friendly church family who can greet one another with broad smiles, eye contact, waves, and affinity, even without physical contact.


I acknowledge the seriousness of this virus and all the associated implications.  There are many in our circles who are afraid, frustrated, and anxious.  As children of Almighty God, we do not need to fear; but we do need to prepare and be aware of the times we live in.  There are many opportunities for each of us to practice generosity, be loving neighbors, and demonstrate unusual peace and hope which spring from God's Spirit alive in each of us.  My encouragement to each of you is to be strong in the Lord and to strengthen your "inner person" daily through Jesus.  

I thank God for the privilege to be your pastor and look forward to leading us through this season together.


- Pastor Phil Knauer

March 11, 2020