We want to make everyone aware that there are two from our church family who are now hospitalized due to COVID-19. One was in attendance as recently as this past Sunday, while the other was in attendance the week before. When we become aware that someone who has been at a service has tested positive, our policy is to notify those who were seated in the general vicinity and that has been done in both cases.
We are convinced that as a church we are praying for one another, and we are grateful for those prayers. May we continue to do so even as we prepare to gather this coming Sunday.
The staff is aware and has been discussing the new and tighter restrictions that have been put in place once again here in our State. We are also aware that religious gatherings are exempt from the indoor limit of 25 per gathering, with the expectation that church leaders will show wisdom in any decisions that are made. We are taking time to seek the Lord, giving Him the opportunity to speak and give us a sense of the right path to take.
In addition to the fact that two from our church family have now been hospitalized, we are aware that numbers are increasing across the State. In light of this, we have taken into consideration the possibility of going back to Live Stream Services only. However, we also take into consideration the fact that our current attendance allows for ample physical separation to take place. We also consider the fact that a high percentage of those who do attend in-person are willing and able to put into practice what we are asking from our church family here at Five Forks.
After taking all of this into consideration, we will plan on gathering in-person once again this Sunday, however, we can’t stress enough how important it is to carry out the basic safeguards that we believe are sound:
If you find yourself in a high-risk category, it would be wise to view the service via the live stream.
Please remain at home if you do not feel well or if you have been around someone who has not been well, and again, be sure to join us by viewing the live stream.
We will continue to ask that everyone (except for health reasons) wear a mask as you enter and as you leave.
Please continue to practice physical distancing at all times.
Even as we are seated in every other row, please go out of your way to establish a generous amount of distance between yourself and others when choosing your seat. The room is large enough for us to spread out quite a bit.
When using the restroom, please wash your hands thoroughly. Please continue to make use of the hand sanitizer that we have in the foyer and in the Auditorium.
Thank you for your understanding and your willingness to do what may be inconvenient to you for the good of others! While we are clearly encouraging physical distancing, this does not mean that we are discouraging socializing with one another. Please greet and engage with one another from a safe distance as you come and go, even as you sit in your seat. As always, may the good and common sense that the Lord has given us prevail during our time together!
Now, on to the services: This week Pastor Shaun will be wrapping up what has been an insightful sermon series called What’s In a Name? This week’s title is Maintaining Love to Thousands which sounds great, doesn’t it? But it’s what comes after this that we also will be looking at: “Yet he does not let the guilty go unpunished. He punishes the children and their children for the sin of their parents to the third and fourth generation.”
And so this Sunday we’ll be talking about the love of God, while also taking on and addressing the hard stuff. Please join us either in-person on via the live stream. Services will be held at 8:00 (Traditional) and 10:30 (Modern).
Go HERE five minutes prior to either service in order to access the live stream.
Go HERE for an outline of Shaun’s sermon.
Here are the songs that we will be singing to God and about God this coming Sunday:
All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Come Let Us All Unite To Sing
The Love of God
All Things New
Praise to the Lord the Almighty
All the Poor and Powerless
Great I AM
Looking forward to gathering together, in-person, or in our homes, this coming Sunday!