From Pastor Donnie Gullion
It looks like we have a date where it seems we should be able to start having church again. The first Sunday would be May 24. We will plan to have Church on that day, but we need to be aware of the fact that the situation may change in the meantime; and that date may need to be flexible. It just all depends on the conditions at the time. However, we will plan on having church that day. Amen! and hallelujah!
This is all very preliminary; but when we do meet, it will not be exactly like normal all at once. We will have some pews marked off so people won’t be too close together, and we will still need people who are potentially fairly vulnerable to either take extra precaution or still remain home for the time being. Unless the rate of infection has dropped drastically in Jefferson County, we will likely not have smaller group meetings like Sunday School or Wednesday nights where we are putting people in small spaces and in close proximity to one another. We will know more as we get closer to that date, but likely at first, we will just have a worship service for a couple of weeks or so before we phase into Sunday school and Wednesdays.
Anyone who is or has been sick (and you are unsure what it is), needs not to have had any symptoms for several days prior to attending. Refraining from church attendance would also involve anyone who has been around someone who is sick. Significant precautions will have to be taken because if we start church back up and someone ends up with the virus, we will be back to not meeting for at least two weeks again. So, we want to be very careful when we do return. But I sure am looking forward to it!
In the meantime, we'll continue being live on Facebook at 10 AM on Sunday. Also, don’t forget our zoom meetings Sunday and Wednesdays at 7pm
Hope to see you then!
Soli Deo Gloria
I heard of and saw a cartoon Sunday that addressed the current situation with respect to churches not meeting in a building:
The Devil: With COVID, I closed all your churches.
God: On the contrary, I actually started millions in homes.
While the current situation is not ideal (remember it’s that way for millions of Christians every week), it illustrates the fact that not meeting in buildings doesn’t stop God’s church by any means. God’s church is the people and not bricks and concrete or shingles. Churches are sometimes seen as not very innovative, but they are very good at adapting to current situations in seeking to find ways to continue to be the body of Christ in this world. I for one am impressed with how many churches (the people who make up the church body) have and are finding ways to fully serve God at the current time. The Body of Christ is amazing, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it!
Unfortunately, I heard one pastor say that they needed to be in church to serve God. While I appreciate the desire to begin meeting again, and I desire to be back at church as well, I was surprised that this pastor didn’t seem to understand the Bible. There are certainly additional things that we can do in the building; but big buildings or not, the church is still alive and well. We have not stopped serving God. We are just serving God a little differently for a short period of time.
Please continue to reach out and check on folks. If you know of a need that they have that you cannot assist with, please let us know and we will find a way to serve if any way possible.
One of the ways we are doing that is with our Wednesday night zoom meetings and study. We will be finishing up our study tonight that is roughly based on the book of Daniel. Next week we will be beginning another study that I hope you will take time to participate in and benefit from.
Soli Deo Gloria