As watcher and seer for the church body, these decisions are made
through a spiritual filter and through prayerful consideration. These decisions weigh heavy. They were
arrived at by more than common sense or general knowledge. Honestly, it grieves
me to be making these decisions, I have prayed over, poured over, and thought
through every scenario possible going forward with our church schedule in
light of the current situation. We must be wise but not weak. We must forge
forward w/o foolish footfalls. I am fully convinced that none of us want to “fully
shut” the church down again as we have had to these last few services. We would
rather take precautions and be able to have services regularly, even if it's
not the full docket!
I refuse to
make decisions based upon intimidation! We are not making decisions based upon “What
if’s” but “What is”! I
will make decisions based upon love … based upon common sense, based upon doing
our best and letting the Lord do the rest. If we fall in lock step with the
world, we will cease to be the church! What makes this so difficult is we are
making a spiritual decision about a physical dilemma.
propose to adhere to the schedule stated below until Homecoming August 15th.
Schedule as follows:
- Sunday 11am – Service only (no children’s ministries)
- Sunday Night 6 pm – Have a Sunday School Style bible class on
“Mixlr only”- this will be taught by different ministers.
- Wednesday 7:30 pm – regular service (Also, Youth Group will
assemble and take the necessary precautions. Youth will report to Fellowship
Hall upon arrival on grounds for a separate service)
Additional Guidelines as follows: - these are in affect till August 15th Homecoming.
No Sunday School or Kids Church
As my wife
says, "Kids are sweet little germ factories". I have spoken to
Brother Jordan and Brother Dustin, of which both are very supportive and believe
it to be the best decision.
If you are sick, stay home.
If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask,
Levites will not be manning the
foyer, however, one (1) should stand on the porch each service and open the
door as people come in. We cannot prop the door open or this will affect
the temperature of the church.
No shaking hands or physical contact.
Altar will remain open for those who have special
prayer needs. All others will pray with
our families in our seats as the altar.
Upon dismissal, the congregation will be
reminded to exit promptly. No
congregating in the foyer or aisles.
The church will be sanitized prior to each
Be sensitive to people’s personal space. (Babies
are hands off)
Please understand; our intent is to guide the sheep but not to
vulnerable age groups of people… and there are vulnerable people in every age group depending
upon their health. Everyone must make a stand alone
decision for themselves and their families.
will be alright. God is in control. We do our best and trust God to keep us. What
we can't afford to do is go to seed with this and keep the natural man alive
and let the spiritual man die. BALANCE IS BEST!
Again this is the new service schedule until Homecoming and
then reevaluate with the hope of going back to normal.
In His Service,