UPDATE: AUGUST 12, 2012
Dear Church Family,
COVID has once again reared its ugly head in our community and our state. We have been talking with some of our local healthcare workers who are dealing with this pandemic on a daily basis. Their advice to us, since we meet indoors in a large group capacity, is to strongly recommend wearing masks while we gather.
Our goal in making decisions is to listen well to the experts (those trained in the medical field) who live and work in our community. As a church, our mission statement is to LOVE GOD & SERVE PEOPLE. We believe we can do both of these effectively in the coming days without shutting down the church again and continuing to move forward in our mission.
We understand that wearing or not wearing a mask is your choice, but we encourage each member to prayerfully consider doing small things to help out. Each medical professional we spoke with said the same thing:
- Wear a mask in public settings.
- Attempt to social distance when possible.
- Consider getting the vaccine.
Since this pandemic has been politicized over the past year, we know that everyone has different opinions about the above recommendations. We hope that you will keep these verses in mind as we move forward.
“13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.” – Galatians 5:13-15
“19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” -James 1: 19-22
May God Bless, and may we look forward to worshipping together this Sunday.
West Heights Staff