“Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.” (Psalm 107:6)
As the numbers of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths across the country are on the rise, they are also on the rise in our own state and region. The governor decreased the size of social gatherings, both inside and outside, to 25 people. This is a matter of prayer for the church of Jesus Christ, as we serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are always balancing the health and safety of the congregation with the call to worship and to discipleship. With the state requirements, plus our own concern to keep our ministries healthy and safe, we are making some adjustments to our ministries to keep them under 25 people. If you have an in-person ministry coming up, just pay attention to how they are meeting through the end of the year.
The mask requirement of the state applies to those who attend worship, and stipulates that we need to post a mask sign at the door. As a church we do not require masks to come to worship, but the governor’s office says his mandate does not end when you enter a church. We leave it to each person to decide what they will do with regard to wearing a mask. Whether you wear one or not is a matter between you, the Lord, and the governor. Our volunteers will continue to wear one while serving, as will I. I’ve said in the past that I would prefer for each person to wear a mask during the service and I have grown in my own belief that masks probably help slow the spread of the sickness for those who wear them, or decrease the severity of sickness. But that’s just my opinion, and I know it is not possible for everyone. That’s one reason it remains optional.
COVID cases may continue to increase around our state for the next few weeks. As I watch the numbers and see increases in the state and county, it is imperative that we pray for our nation, the end of this pandemic, and the continued freedom and ministry of the church.
I pray for good health for you and your family. I pray that we would all learn to look to the Lord in these times. I pray that we will grow in patience and understanding with each other. I pray that God will help us persevere in challenging times. Please contact us if you have any needs during this time, whether it is COVID related or anything.