June 2020 Coronavirus Update

June 3, 2020

Dear Church Family,

At the time of the last letter to the church, church leadership intended to resume “normal” church services around the first Sunday in June.  Since then, after much prayer and long discussions, we are making plans to meet again for Sunday Morning Worship on June 14th.  Delaying this first meeting by a week will allow final preparations to be made for a safe worship experience.  We also wanted let you know some of the measures we are planning to implement for that first Sunday back. 

As we transition back to normal, we will continue to have Sunday School and Wednesday Evening Bible Study classes online.  We will also delay resuming Sunday Evening services in order to assess how well we are able to implement safety precautions during the morning service.  Our Sunday Morning Worship service will be at the normal time of 11:00 A.M.  This service will continue to be streamed live on FaceBook and posted on our website if you would prefer to continue to watch from your home. 

We ask that everyone be respectful of the safety of our brothers and sisters and please, please, stay home if you, or someone in your household, are not feeling well, have a fever, cough, or are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.  We want everyone that wants to join us for church to rest assured that precautions are being made to sanitize the building, but also want those that are still uneasy about being around a crowd, to know that it is OK for you to stay home.  No one will be shamed for deciding to stay home or wear a mask to church.  In fact, we are asking our greeters and ushers to wear masks during the times before and after the service.

As stated above, we will meet for worship at 11:00 Sunday morning, June 14th.  Since Sunday School will not be physically held at the church building, and in an effort to minimize the exposure of social interactions, the doors will be opened at 10:40 and those attending will immediately be ushered to their seats.  We ask that any long overdue fellowship and mingling be done outside, before or after the service, as we will try to respect the social distancing guidelines inside the building.  It is also important to note that at this time we are not prepared to have a nursery, children’s church, or have a children’s message.  We would like for families to sit together, as seating will be restricted in order to maintain a safe distance in the sanctuary. 

Please understand that this will be a little awkward and clunky as we all learn to interact and function in this time.  We ask for your patience.  All of these efforts are purely to protect everyone in attendance, and in no way are intended to stifle the Spirit of worship.  Please continue to pray for your Pastor, that he will be healthy and strengthened to deliver God’s Word in person on June 14th.  Pray for those who are preparing the church building for the church to worship together again.  Also, pray for one another, that each of us will be patient and understanding to the changes being made, while we focus on the One who is over all, and in control of even this situation.  All glory to God, during this and all times. 

We love you and are praying for you.  Your deacons and Pastor,

David, Mark, Robert, Willie & Brock