APRIL 23, 2021 UPDATE
Starting Sunday, May 9, all Bible Study Classes will meet at 9:30am in their respective rooms.
Worship Service will follow at 10:30am in the Gym.
We will no longer offer a video overflow in the Sanctuary during the Worship Service. We believe that it is time for the full church to gather together for worship. With the majority of our senior members and most vulnerable member having received their COVID vaccine, we feel comfortable returning to worship in the same room. We will continue in the Gym so that the rows can continue to be spread out for social distancing. We have no plans to resume a formal greeting time during our service, nor the passing of an offering plate. Informal greetings continue to happen between members and guests each sunday, and the offerings are still collected in the drop box by the exit door and online.
Beginning May 9, we will also begin live streaming. We are grateful that fiber internet connectivity is now available to our church and will allow us to stream our Sunday Worship Services and Wednesday Bible Study live each week.
6:00pm - Prayer Meeting in Sanctuary
6:30pm - Discipleship Classes
Adult Bible Study - Bro. Josh Simmons - Will Meet in Sanctuary
Youth Discipleship - Brian & Wendy Breedlove - Will Meet in Youth Room
Children's Choir - Cynthia Simmons - Will Meet Upstairs in Children's Building
We will not have regular Sunday Night Services for the foreseeable future.
Please note that there are recommendations for cleaning and sanitation that our health department is asking us to keep. Our custodial team has done a great job of cleaning and sanitizing our buildings since we began meeting in July. They will continue to clean and sanitize the buildings, including:
Wiping down every commonly touched surface with Lysol or Clorox. Including, but not limited to: door knobs/handles, door facings, sink and toilet handles, tables, pews, chairs, pulpit, lecterns, and any handrails. (Water fountains will be closed for the near future)
Children’s areas will be cleaned and sanitized, including the washing of any toys or play sets once Sunday School classes resume. You will also notice fewer toys in the nursery and preschool classrooms to reduce the amount of work this will place on our custodial team.
Planning your return to Worship Services and Bible Study:
Before you leave on Sunday morning to come to church, please take your temperature and the temperature of anyone who will be coming with you from your home. If you, or any of your household have a fever of 99.6 or higher, you must stay home.
If you are currently, or have been experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat, fever in the past 48 hours, recent loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea in the last 48 hours - you must stay home.
If anyone in your home or that you have come in contact with has had COVID-19, we ask that you wait until that person and all others in your home are symptom free for at least 30 days before returning to church.
If you have a weakened immune system or other concerning health conditions,I encourage you to wear a mask and be vigilant in practicing social distancing. If you need special accommodations, please let us know and we will do all we can to make you comfortable in attending.
Thank you for your continued support of our church ministry. Your giving has allowed us to continue to expand our ministry in these trying times. We have maintained and exceeded budget expectations over the last few months. You can continue to give as you leave our services. Boxes have been made available in the Gym. We will no longer collect offerings during the Bible Study hour. Our online giving is still available for you as well at experiencecrossroads.org/give.
We give praise to God for his blessings to us over the course of this pandemic. While many of our people have had the virus, we give thanks to God that we have had no cases result in death or serious long-term issues. In this time of uncertainty let us hold to what is certain. We serve a God who is not shaken by the recent events of our world. He is the immovable, unchangeable God. He is still on His throne and He forever will be! May our faith be found in God and God alone.
I want to offer a very special “THANK YOU” to our church leadership, deacons, and the health care providers in our congregation. I have relied heavily on their input during this time and I cannot imagine going through this time without their thoughtful, prayerful input.
My prayer has been and still is Ephesians 3:20-21:
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I Love you all and can’t wait to see you!
Help Us Love Our Community
One of the best ways to help us love our community during the spread of illness is simply to be a good neighbor. If you live beside or are in close contact with families who have high-risk individuals in their homes, reach out to see if they need anything. Maybe that means offering to pick up supplies on your next trip to the store, or dropping off some food if they’re unable to get out. Simply look for ways that you can be salt and light in the coming weeks, and commit to praying for our leaders and community.
Of course, a great way to help your neighbors is practicing common sense health routines yourself. Wash your hands regularly, use hand sanitizer after you touch shared surfaces, and stay home if you’re sick.
Above all else, remember that we serve a sovereign God who instructs us not to live in a spirit of fear. God is good, He’s faithful, and we know that He’s still at work all around us.
Let’s continue to be the Church and walk with God together in the days ahead. We’ll keep you updated as things change in the coming weeks.