“Where there are no oxen, the stalls are clean.” (Proverbs 14:4)
On Sunday, April 5, 2020, scores of cars and people assembled on property owned by the Mosaic Church of Central Arkansas at 6221 Colonel Glenn Rd. without the church’s knowledge or permission. In so doing, they put themselves and our community at-risk by ignoring CDC guidelines and government mandates (state and local) concerning the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, by doing “donuts” and “burning rubber” on our parking lot, those who gathered caused thousands of dollars of property damage (the actual cost is still being assessed). This has created an undue financial burden on the church at a time when its resources would be better purposed to meet the real needs of people in the community.
Make no mistake: ongoing misuse of the parking lot discourages business owners from locating in the community which has an adverse effect on the potential for creating jobs, repurposing abandon space, generating tax revenue, reducing crime, and more. Such things are required to build a healthy community… and this remains the mission of Mosaic. Toward that end and the repair of our parking lot, including blocks that will deter such misuse and damage in the future, private donations are greatly appreciated.
In relation to news stories about the incident and videos posted to social media, we were thankful to see that the vast majority of people commenting on them were supportive of the church’s efforts to promote and to follow CDC guidelines as well as government mandates where public gatherings are concerned. Indeed, we will continue to abide by these adaptive measures until they are lifted.
We understand that people have pent-up frustrations in this moment due to the current COVID-19 crisis. Going forward, it is our hope that people will channel their energies in more constructive ways to enhance Little Rock’s University District, and more importantly keep people in our community and our city safe while we work together to flatten the curve.
To be clear and while we have moved virtually all of our programs online, including Sunday services, our food distribution programs (The Orchard and Fresh2You) have been adapted to comply with CDC guidelines and government mandates so as to continue distributing food throughout the week to those in need.
Mosaic was founded in 2001 by men and women of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds seeking to walk, work, and worship together as one to advance a credible witness of God’s love for all people. The church loves the people of this community because it is in fact comprised of people from this community as well as many others from Little Rock who share our vision.
For more information, contact us at (501) 562-3336.