Since we have not had services for the past 2 weeks due to sickness, I wanted to contact you to give you an update. First, thank you for being understanding and flexible with the uncertainty that marks our day to day life and now our church life. It has always been my desire to do what is in the best interest of the peopl of Trinity Baptist Church.
Second, we had several people get sick the week of August 31st. Some people tested positive for covid and others have tested negative. As a result, we took 21 days off from having Sunday services. From speaking with those in our church, most everyone seems to be over the sickness and doing well (with the exception of a couple of our elderly members who I humbly ask you to pray for). Therefore, we will resume our normal schedule tomorrow morning at 10am.
Third, some people are still apprehensive and feel uncomfortable in public due to their age or severe health problems. Some are still not back to work, or going shopping, or going out to eat, or participating in activities that invloves groups of people. If that is you, then please feel comfortable taking advantage of online services until this is over or until the Lord gives you peace! For everyone else, please allow me to encourage you to be back faithfully involved in church.
Fourth, I knew people were going to get sick at some point. I also know that some more people will likely get sick in the future. While this virus is not to be taken lightly, and those who are elderly or have health problems should take extra precautions, the reality is that over 97% of people who get sick will also get well. We hope and pray that no one else will get it, but please be prepared for it to happen and, if you're healthy, do not let it frighten you away from church and living life in general. To be clear, if you are over 65 or have health problems, please take extra precautions!
Fifth, we have taken some additional measures to ensure your safety at church. We have more masks available for both kids and adults. In addition to hand sanitizer in ever classroom and in our nursery, we have also installed wall mounted sanitizer dispensers in the foyer, fellowship hall, hallway, and gym area. The church has been cleaned and all high touch surfaces have been sanitized. We have also used an electrostatic sanitizing fog machine which dispenses a fog sanitizer to ensure any virus in the air, on the chairs, or on other surfaces have been killed. We want you to be safe, but we also want you to feel safe.
Finally, I want to see you back at church and nothing thrills my heart more, but whatever steps you are taking Monday through Saturday, take them on Sunday as well. If you are not going out during the week, please stay home on Sunday. However, if you are going out during the week, I look forward to seeing you in church tomorrow. As always, I love you and am praying for you. Please let me know if there is anything that I can do!