...and he will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season. And its leaf does not wither, and in whatever he does, he prospers!" Psalms 1.3
Building a strong congregation to produce fruit for the Kingdom of God!"
Notes from Pastor Johnny Kendrick
Hey, hope you’re having a great week! We had great services this past week. The team is doing a great job each week, everything from custodians to worship leaders, video, sound, in-service media, ushers and security. Great job! You are all pros and you make every adjustment we have to make much easier than anticipated!
We are mostly moved into the new offices now. We still have a little to get done but we're almost there.
In our Deacon/Staff meeting this week, we talked about our direction going forward again, and we all agreed that we should not expect to add anything to our schedule in the near future. So, we are going continue with our two worship hours, four venues. At 9AM we are in the Fellowship Hall streaming it to the youth room, and at 11AM we are in the Sanctuary streaming it to the gym.
The only changes we are making, are not really changes, just a reminder. We really don't want anyone shaking hands etc. The smaller the physical contact we have with people the smaller the chance that someone can unknowingly transmit the virus to someone else. You may feel completely comfortable shaking hands, but the person you encounter may not feel comfortable. Don't make them feel bad by having to say, "I don't want to shake hands." So, don't put them in that situation. No church has enjoyed fellowship more than TBC, but right now, we just can't do those types of things. The only other thing I would say is just maintain appropriate distance.
Right now, as far as I know, we have not had the virus transmitted to anyone at any service, meeting or event we've had. We have had churches in our area where several members have contracted the virus and they have closed back down, but we have not had that happen yet. Hopefully, we will not have that happen. As far as I know we have not had anyone attend a service who was positive for the virus.
The precautions are really very simple: If you are not feeling well, you should not come to church. If someone where you work, someone you have been in close proximity to has contracted the virus you probably should wait a while before you come back to church. If a family member you live with had the virus, you should self quarantine until the appropriate time has elapsed before you return to worship. If you do not feel comfortable being in a crowd of people for whatever reason you should not come to church. I do not want anyone to feel compelled to attend by me or anyone else! You need to do what you think is best for you and your family.
I know we can't guarantee anything because people can be spreading the virus when they have no symptoms, so we try to be as safe as possible with proper distance and no physical contact when you attend services here. If we have an outbreak of any kind, we will respond immediately to contain and minimize that by appropriate and necessary measures even if that means we have to close our services. The Deacons and Staff just didn't feel like that was necessary today. Everyone in attendance was in agreement with our present course of action.
I can't guarantee you anything but this: We are still the church, we can still be a church body even if we all can't meet together in the same place at the same time, and that is what we will do until the day comes, or if it comes, that we can do that again!
Notes from Staff
It has been a great experience to finally have church services again with people in them!!! I appreciate everyone who come out to worship and practiced social distancing. I wanted to hug and shake everyone’s hand but I held off! Hopefully this will be over soon and we can get back to a more normal way of life! I wanted to share a verse and thought with you this week during these perilous times.
And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. John 3:19
We see all that is going on with the rioting and protests in our cities. The problem is not the police, criminals, president, governor, mayor, Democrats, Republicans, business owners, or law abiding citizens. The problem lies within the heart. The heart of man and the freedom he or she has to make decisions determines the outcome of so many situations.
News and Announcements
TBC staff will be moving their offices
beginning June 15th and will have a
new phone number and fax number.