Jackson County issued a new executive order amending the previous occupancy requirement for churches, which allows us to hold services at Outreach. The order allows us to have 55 people in the sanctuary, with the option of moving some downstairs if we have more people than that number. With this, we will open Outreach this Sunday for both Sunday School and the main preaching service, while forgoing our service at Odessa Hills. We will take every precaution to keep our church family safe. We will do so by:
having hand sanitizing stations at each level of the church;
maintaining social distancing between families, which we will do by rearranging the chairs (All family units should be separated by at least three chairs in a given row);
allowing only one person to use the restroom at a time;
encouraging those who feel concerned to wear a mask;
ask anyone who does not feel well, or at high risk, to stay home; and
to remind anyone who feels uncomfortable or unsure that it is okay to stay home.
It is important that we provide the option for individuals and families to make a choice, with no judgment whatsoever, whether people choose to stay home or to come to Outreach. Thus, we will continue to livestream our services on both on Sundays and Wednesdays. However, we will not keep the recordings of the Wednesday night prayer service on our YouTube channel for more than a couple days.
Again, we will not have our planned service at Odessa Hills this Sunday afternoon. Instead, we will hold a song and testimony service at 9:15 am in lieu of the Sunday School Class that morning. From there, we will move to the main preaching service. We will not hold the 4:30 class this Sunday, but we will offer the 6:00 class via the livestream or in person.
This trial continues to evolve on a daily basis, but I believe the Lord God has blessed His people. I know it has been difficult, and it will continue to be so, but yet the Lord has opened this door that we might have the opportunity to worship together again. I love each and every one of you and I am excited to see what God will do next in behalf of His people. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Next Sunday at Outreach, Next Year in Zion