Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Have You Been Vaccinated Yet?

It’s a question often asked these days: “Have you been vaccinated yet?”

The short answer for me is, “Yes!” My wife, Beverly, and I both got the shot on the day we became eligible this past Monday.

We were able to receive the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) one-shot version.  Thus far, we have had no side effects other than a slightly sore arm (similar to when we get the flu shot each year).

According to the Georgia Department of Public Health Vaccine Distribution Dashboard, as of March 17, more than 2.8 million vaccines had been administered across the state of Georgia and more than 44,000 had been administered in Bibb County.

I’ve had the vaccine, and I encourage you to get it too!

Worship at Ingleside This Easter

I hope you will plan now to invite a friend and join us for worship on Easter weekend as we celebrate together the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

On the weekend of April 3-4, we are planning to gather in seven in-person worship services and two livestream services as follows:

Saturday 4:00 p.m.  Worship Center (Blended)
6:00 p.m.  Worship Center (Blended)
6:00 p.m.  Multi-Purpose Gym (Contemporary)
6:00 p.m.  Livestream
Sunday 8:30 a.m.    Chapel (Traditional)
9:15 a.m.    Worship Center (Blended)
11:00 a.m.  Worship Center (Blended)
11:00 a.m.  Multi-Purpose Gym (Contemporary)
11:00 a.m.  Livestream

Preschool ministry will be offered at all services, and kids worship (5K-grade 5) will occur at the same times as each of the four blended services (reservations are required).

Increased capacity.  As vaccinations increase and the spread of coronavirus slows, beginning on Easter Sunday, we will raise our capacity limits in each service from approximately 25% to 33%.

That means we will be able to accommodate 530 worshipers in each service in the Worship Center, 165 in the Chapel, and 135 in the Multi-Purpose Gym.

Our total in-person, on-campus capacity for all services on Easter weekend worship will be 2,555.

The bottom line:  we are making space for you, and we hope to see you here!

Gathering safely for all.  Since this past June, we have gathered for worship each week with processes in place that have kept the worship environment safe for all of our church family – from youngest to oldest.

Of course, we are looking forward to the day when all pandemic precautions can be set aside, but we are not quite there yet.  So, on Easter weekend, we will continue to follow our pandemic protocols as follows:

  • Reservations are required. Easter reservations may be made on our website beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 28.
  • We will practice social distancing — touchless check-in, seating every other row, and three seats between households.
  • Face coverings are strongly encouraged – per the guidance of our governing authorities.

Of course, if you have COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed, or are awaiting test results on Easter weekend, please participate only by livestream, and do not come to the in-person gatherings.

And, as always, if your age or health situation suggests it is wisest for you to continue to participate only by livestream, please do so with our blessing and encouragement.

The Easter worship environment at Ingleside will be safe for all – so I hope to see you here!

Hope for a better tomorrow.  As we gather on Easter weekend, the music will be stirring, the message will be uplifting, and you will be encouraged by worshiping with others.

We will be reminded of the hope that we have in Jesus . . . hope secured by his death and resurrection, hope that promises eternal life, and hope for a better tomorrow.

So, make your plans now, and invite someone you love to join you in worship at Ingleside this Easter.

I look forward to seeing you on Easter weekend!

Your Pastor and Friend,

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