A statement on the Michigan Conference website said:
"The office will be closed from March 24 through April 13, except for employees deemed critical to support essential basic operations such as Payroll, Communication and IT. Michigan Conference administration will make a determination regarding additional personnel deemed critical to basic operations and will notify office personnel moving forward
Churches are encouraged to practice strict caution when gathering to stream online services for their members. The Michigan Conference is leaning on the side of caution and civic responsibility, and our churches will remain closed through April 13."
Massive layoffs, skyrocketing unemployment, and a roller-coaster stock market would be enough to upset the stomach of even the experienced thrill-seeker. But add a deadly virus to the mix and suddenly it seems like someone hit the fast-forward button on time left for this old world of ours. Zedekiah asked Jeremiah when facing impending doom, “Is there any word from the Lord.” (Jer 37:17)
Yes, there is. God is Love. Nothing has changed. You and I are still the apple of His eye and we can still put our confidence, hope, and trust in Him. In short, God cares for you. Please allow me to suggest some practical steps for forging ahead in difficult times.
The Executive Committee of the Seventh-day Adventist Church (EXCOM) voted March 19, to postpone the 2020 General Conference Session until May 2021. The vote comes after a March 17 recommendation from the General Conference Administrative Committee (ADCOM) to delay the 2020 General Conference Session (GC Session) by up to two years due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 General Conference Session will be held in Indianapolis and is currently scheduled from May 20 through May 25. It was originally scheduled from June 25 through July 4, 2020.
Amid the growing spread of the novel coronavirus, our conferences reacted to news of the pandemic and local government recommendations. We highlight some of the news from statements they shared with their members, as well as events they're pulling from their calendars.
On Wednesday, a day after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the state, Andrews University and other Lake Union area schools swung into action, canceling in-person classes and transitioned to online classes for the rest of the semester.