Dear Church Family,
I imagine that most of you saw CA’s newest mandate regarding indoor activities. In order to accommodate the order, we will be moving our services outside. We will hold one morning service at 9:00 am, and we will be moving the evening service to 6:00 pm. I’m excited to have everyone together at the same service, and I’m hopeful that the weather will not create too much of hardship. I've stepped outside at 9:30 am the last two days, and it was definitely warm but not too uncomfortable.
We are planning to set up a platform behind the back doors of the auditorium facing northeast. That way, we can seat people under the porch all the way around to the concrete and grass behind the auditorium. We will have several EZ-UP tents available to provide as much shade as possible, especially for senior citizens. You are welcome to bring your own tent, but if you do, please make sure it is fully set up by 9:00 am. Otherwise, come prepared to be outside. We will have chairs available, but consider bringing lawn chairs. You might also want to bring water, sunglasses, a blanket, etc. The building will be open; therefore, you will be able to use the restroom and get out of the heat if you need to, but please don’t congregate indoors. If you have smaller children or health concerns, you are welcome to hang toward the back; otherwise, let’s be bad Baptists and sit as close to the front as possible. It will help you pay attention, and it will help us hear each other sing.
As I’ve said many times, I’m thankful for your continued flexibility. It’s easy to get frustrated with all the rules and all the changes to the rules, but let’s not lose sight of what’s most important. God is sanctifying us as individuals and as a church. God has also given us a wonderful opportunity to glorify the Savior and model godliness to our children. They’ll never forget 2020. They’ll never forget watching the livestream, doing multiple services, not singing and then singing, moving outside, and whatever else is ahead. By God’s grace, they’ll never forget how we bent over backwards to worship our Lord and serve each other. Therefore, I hope you come on Sunday excited to worship all together for the first time since March 8!
We want to do everything we can to remove distractions and help us focus on the Lord. Please let us know if there are ways, we can be helpful or if you have any questions. As well, please let us know if you are available to help with set up or tear down.
Weekly Schedule & Live Stream Information
1. Sunday Morning Service – We will have only one morning service outside at 9:00 a.m. You are welcome to bring your own tent, but if you do, please make sure it is fully set up by 9:00 am. We will have chairs available, but consider bringing lawn chairs. You might also want to bring water, sunglasses, sunscreen, a blanket, etc. The building will be open, so you will be able to use the restroom and get out of the heat if you need to, but please don’t congregate indoors. We are planning to live stream the service via our YouTube channel. You do not need to sign up to attend the service in person.
2. Sunday Evening Service – The Sunday evening service has been moved back to 6:00 p.m. (for the sake of shade) and will be outdoors just like the morning service. We plan to make the service available via either Facebook Live or YouTube. (Update: As of September 13, we will move the evening service back to 5:00 p.m.)
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What about the heat? It may be warm, but by holding our services early in the morning and later in the evening, we will be able to avoid the hottest times of the day. The EZ-UP tents will also help by providing shade. If you are not able to attend because of the heat, please feel free to stay home and watch the services online!
2. What if I don't feel comfortable coming back to church yet? Stay home! We do not want anyone to feel pressure to attend if they do not feel comfortable. Also, we cannot stress enough how important it is for you to stay home if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (e.g., frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches, sore throat, etc.) or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
3. Will I still be able to access the services online? Yes, all of the services will be available online for those who cannot attend.
4. Will there be any children's programs or nursery? Unfortunately, we are not able to offer nursery or children’s programs.
5. Will the church bulletin still be sent via email? We are planning to provide both paper versions of the bulletin (at the Sunday morning services) and electronic copies (via email).