Thanks to everyone who was able to teach and attend the Sunday school hour this past week. We had 126 folks in attendance on our re-launch Sunday. Now I know some classes did not meet, and many of you could not attend, that’s okay. We are taking baby steps.
Let me share a concern with you. Since we moved into the gym, our worship attendance has vastly increased (179 last Sunday). It is terrific to see so many of you. I do not want to dampen the enthusiasm we all experienced. However, in a desire to honor the governor’s Phase 2 Emergency Proclamation, I want to remind you of some expectations regarding Covid. Let me explain two terms we will begin using during these days: Covid Cautious and Covid Considerate.
COVID CAUTIOUS is simply this: as much as you want to be with your church family in Bible study and worship, you are just not willing to chance it. Either because of your age or your health risks, you are trying to play it safe. I don’t blame you. While some people seem to get mild cases of Covid, others have severe reactions to it. So if you are Covid Cautious, DO NOT ATTEND any activities at HRBC until you get your vaccine or the crisis has passed. It is not worth the chance or your peace of mind. We are streaming our worship services on Facebook for your convenience and to help you feel connected.
COVID CONSIDERATE is different. In Philippians 2:4, Paul writes, “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” With this in mind, we should be considerate of other attendees. Here are some examples of being Covid Considerate until February 10:
Face masks are requested but not required.
Continue to practice social distancing and limiting your physical contact.
Use the sanitizing products located at each entrance of our facilities.
Limit the seating your family uses and sit in family units. There are 170 chairs in 42 sections. Most families will be able to use one section of chairs. If chairs are not available, then use one of the 21 boxes lined up along the walls.
Finally, stay home if you have a fever, cough, or sinus issues.
Like you, I wish I had never heard of the term Covid. But it is real, and it is deadly. So at this time, we will make every effort to honor the Lord, one another, and our government leaders. Let prayers of hope and healing continually be on your lips.