Health Order Update

This week our leadership spent time discussing and praying about our response to the Governor’s state-wide health order and Panhandle Health’s district-wide mask order.

We understand the divisive nature of these conversations and that there are very passionate people on both sides of the current issue. We understand that we need to do our part to help slow the spread of Covid in our community by taking steps to protect the most vulnerable around us and help our local healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. 

We also believe there is greater danger in not meeting together.  We are committed to doing whatever it takes to make sure that people have an opportunity to attend in-person gatherings on a weekly basis. Corporate worship and fellowship are vital to our physical, spiritual and mental health. 

As we move forward, we will continue to wisely balance these two realities. To do this, we have decided to prioritize our efforts on maintaining in-person Sunday services. After consulting with our ministry teams and ministry partners, we felt it was prudent to step back from the larger social gatherings planned throughout the Christmas season. We will no longer be offering our Christmas Worship Night, Men’s BBQ or Women’s Brunch scheduled for December. We will be offering three (3) Christmas Eve services and ask that you register for these services online so that we can manage capacity to leave room for physical distancing.

Like the tenor of the Governor’s address, we believe we need to lean on personal responsibility and give people the individual liberty to make calls for their own health. We all need to do our part to mitigate transmission and use extra caution when meeting together. We also need to remember that God has called us to love and respect one another and not police one another. As a leadership team, we are personally committed to doing our part to remain healthy for ministry service. We are asking you to do the same. 

While we remain under the current health order:
  • We encourage everyone who is sick, vulnerable or concerned to participate in services online.
  • We ask everyone to practice physical distancing and good hand hygiene during gatherings. 
  • Regarding PHD’s mask mandate, we encourage everyone to wear a face mask when in a “public space” and it is not possible to maintain proper physical distancing. We will leave compliance to this mandate up to the individual. 
  • We encourage those who can to consider attending the 8:00am or 11:00am services to make room for better physical distancing at the 9:30am service.
  • Starting Sunday, Nov. 29th, we will reserve the balcony for those who desire a place where face masks are required during the 8:00am and 11:00am services.  

As your church leadership, we are committed to never make our decisions out of fear or political pressure. We will respect our governing authorities while we remain obedient to the higher authority of God’s Word. We will strive to make the best decisions for our church and community as we move forward, seeking the Lord’s wisdom in everything. We are privileged to lead such an amazing group of Jesus followers.  We are excited to see how God uses this season to move forward His kingdom!