Pastor's Blog

Pastor's Blog

Who Do You Know?

Do you know someone in our church family whom our Nominating Committee should consider as potential nominee for Overseer or Deacon?

More information about the roles of Overseer and Deacon as well as the recommendation form may be found online here.

One of the strengths of our church across the years has been the quality and commitment of our leaders.

So, I hope you will prayerfully consider making a recommendation this year.  We need to know someone you know!

Planning Toward Re-Gathering

As our leaders and I are making plans toward re-gathering for worship on our campus, here are some of the principles that are guiding our thinking.

Data driven.  We are watching carefully the information from the Georgia Department of Public Health.  So far, our region has not become a virus hot spot and local medical facilities are not near capacity.

Governmental guidance.  It honors God when we honor those in authority over us (Romans 13:1-7; 1 Peter 2:13-17).  So, we are giving careful attention to the updated guidance from our Governor as well as from the Centers for Disease Control.

Social Distancing.  Consistent with governmental guidance, when we regather we will practice social distancing and will strongly encourage face coverings.

Start small, scale up.  As we put our foot back in the water we will limit the number of services and the number of participants in each service (by online advance reservations) so that we can maintain the recommended social distancing.  Then, assuming all goes well, we will gradually increase the number of services and the number of worshipers.

Livestream worship continues.  We plan to continue the livestream each Sunday for the foreseeable future.  That way those who think it unwise for them to come to campus for health-related reasons or because they don’t prefer social distancing can continue to worship by livestream at home.

Prizing and protecting unity.  As we negotiate these uncharted waters, I hope you will join me in renewing your personal commitment to walk in “humility and gentleness with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3, ESV).

Gathering in Jesus’ name is good for us, commanded in Scripture, and honors God (Hebrews 10:24-25).  So, we are eager to return to on-campus worship – wisely, safely, and one step at a time.

Lord willing, we will announce more specifics (date, service times, etc.) related to our re-gathering plan in my blog next week.

I’m very grateful for your prayers and your partnership in the gospel.  I’m confident that the church of Jesus Christ will prevail, and that the best is yet to come!

Your Pastor and Friend,
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