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May 9, 2020

 

Re: Reopening of the Church May 17th

 

 

Dear Church Family,

 

  1. past few months have been very different than we have ever seen. doors of the church have been closed as our nation has dealt with the Coronavirus. However, we have continued to bring the Gospel to our community through Drive-in and Facebook live services. I understand that this has been a very tough time on many of our members. church is a beacon of hope and love to so many people. In the last four years, I have come to experience what makes Little Mountain Baptist Church so special: the warm loving time of fellowship on Sunday mornings, the waves of hands that greet you with a smile, and the interaction of love towards everyone. In the 80 years of services to the community, God has truly been watching down on this church. I now feel that the future is brighter than ever. God has allowed us even through this situation to continue to hold three services per week and see visitors attend those services.

 

Over the last six weeks, we had over 2843 views of our services on Facebook and another 650 views of our Concert by Eastern Sky. I want to praise God for the way He is using our church. I also want to thank all of you for your continued financial support to Little Mountain. Your faithfulness again reflects your love for your church. Those are incredible numbers and show the impact that this church can have in our community.

 

I now would like to share some more good news with you as your pastor. I have been busy meeting with the Finance Committee and the Deacons this week. I have also attended a North Spartan Baptist Association meeting concerning the reopening of the church. After a lengthy meeting with the Deacons, we have decided to reopen the doors of the church on Sunday, May 17th at 11am. This will be the first official service in our church since we closed the doors due to the Coronavirus. If you do not feel comfortable attending an in-person service, we completely understand and support your decision.

 

As we reviewed the best way to reopen our church, we had to make a few changes in how we do things in order to keep our members and visitors safe in our worship service. The following changes will begin on May 17th during our service. Please understand these changes are only temporary.

 

  • All church doors will already be opened for you to enter and exit the building. A deacon will be posted at those doors for your safety.
  • Hand sanitizer will be at all entrance points of the church mounted to the walls. We also have small bottles on the pews for your use during the service.
  • All the hymn books and Bibles have been removed from the pews, and we will use the screens for all songs and announcements during the service.
  • No bulletins will be provided during this time; all announcements will be posted on our website under announcements.
  • We will not have a choir. We will only have a praise team and special music by members of the choir.
  • Please avoid hugging and handshakes.
  • There will be no Sunday School.
  • There will be no Sunday Evening Worship.
  • There will be no Children’s Church.
  • There will be no Nursery.
  • We will put offering plates at the entrance/exit doors for you to leave your offering.
  • We will have three rooms where people can go watch the services on Facebook live if needed during the service.
  • We will not have any fellowship meals.
  • We now have online giving located on the front of our website.
  • We will continue to live steam our services on Facebook.
  • The church is available for funerals and weddings

 

We are making the following changes to our church in order to prepare for the reopening and to meet the needs of all our members in the future as well. We are installing new paper towel and toilet paper dispensers in the church. The new paper towels dispensers are hands free. The toilet paper dispensers completely cover the tissue so no one else will touch it. We are also installing new soap dispensers and soap in the restrooms. The sanctuary will be disinfected after every service from this point forward throughout this virus.

 

  1. safety and health are of the utmost importance to me as your pastor. I want us to return to worship together under one roof. I also want to ensure that as Pastor I have put together the very best plan in place for us to do this in a safe and organized way. I have listened to the Deacons, Finance Committee, other Pastors and read articles concerning how to reopen safely. I feel this plan with help us to start the process of reopening as a church body on May 17th.

 

We will continue our drive-in service on Wednesday nights at 6:30. If you would like, you can bring a chair and sit in front of your car and enjoy the service. We will have the speakers placed outside so you can sing along with us. This is a great way to social distance, but also worship together at the same time.

 

When you enter the sanctuary on May 17th you will notice the pews have been marked off for your use. We have 25 pews in the sanctuary that can be used for the service. The pews with blue painter tape across the end cannot be used during the service. You will notice clearly the pews in which you can enter and sit without moving the tape. Also, only one family or two individuals should sit on the same pew. Please help us maintain this six-foot social distancing by only using the pews that are open. If you have any questions, please ask me or one of the deacons for help.

 

 

I know this letter is lengthy and covers a lot of things we will not be doing right now, but please remember this is only temporary. The joy of this is we will be able to worship together again at Little Mountain Baptist Church. We must remember Psalm 100 during this time:Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

 

I would also like wish all of you mothers a Happy Mother’s Day from your pastor. My prayer is that every one of you had a beautiful day filled with love and blessings from your children. I am so very blessed to be able to serve such a wonderful church family.

 

I hope to see you again in person on May 17th at 11am for morning worship. If I can help in anyway, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. I will be glad to talk with you about any of those concerns. If you do not feel comfortable attending, please know we understand and support your decision.

 

In Christ,

 

 

Rev. Doug Godfrey

Pastor

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