May 15th Update

Dear Church Family,

As you can imagine it is challenging to decide when to open up our church. These are uncharted waters. Our current plan is to reopen the church on May 31st with the following precautions and protections. We have prayerfully evaluated the spread of the virus in our area and taken the recommendations from our president and governor to safely open. We are constantly monitoring the virus’ impact in our area and will alter our plans accordingly if need be. If we see an consistent increase in our area we will change our plans. Your decision to attend in-person or watch on Live-Stream is between you and the Lord. We fully support whatever decision you make for you and your family. If you do attend in-person we want you to know how we are planning to protect you. If you have not done so yet, please email us and let us know you will be attending.
 
The following list is what we have come up with. We pray God will be with us and protect us as we plan to worship Him.
 
Only the Front and Back Entrances by the Sanctuary will be Open so You Can Walk Right in Hands Free
 
  • We are Reducing the Chairs in Sanctuary to Less Than Half Capacity
  • We will Spread Out the Chairs in Sanctuary (6 feet between families)
  • We have Installed Antibacterial Pumps at the Entrance and Near the Bathrooms
  • Hands Free Offering Baskets will be Placed on Two Black Round Tables at Edge of Sound Booth
  • Bulletins will be Placed on Chairs
  • Bathrooms will be Open in the Upstairs Education Wing Only 
  • A Deacon will Monitor Bathrooms to Ensure They are Used by Only One Person at a Time
  • The Rest of the Building will be Closed
  • No Coffee or Food
  • No Greeting/Fellowship in Service
  • No Life Groups (Zoom Meetings and Uploading Videos)
  • No Wednesday Groups (Zoom Meetings and Uploading Videos)
  • No Nursery
  • No Children Church (Zoom Meetings)
  • Cleaners to Come Before and After Sunday and Clean Specific Areas
 

Other Guidelines For Those Coming to Church:

  • Face masks are recommended but will NOT be mandatory; this will be left up to the person to wear one
  • If you have been sick (cough, runny nose, sore throat, etc.) please stay home
  • If you have had a temperature in the last 48 hours please stay home
  • If you have been around anyone who has been sick we just ask that you stay home for two weeks before attending
  • If you are unsure in anyway please stay home and watch us on Live-Stream
 
Prayerfully,
 

Pastor Greg and the Leadership Team

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May 8th Update
Dear Church Family,
 
Can you believe the last time that we met together as a church was on March 15th? Since then, due to COVID-19 assembly restrictions, we have only live-streamed our worship services.
 
Since our time apart from Sunday worship, the Lord has blessed us all with some wonderful opportunities to minister to one another. I am encouraged by what I hear you are all doing. You are striving in your faith in Jesus as you face the daily challenges brought on by COVID-19. You can take great comfort from the Lord as these evidences of God’s grace at work in you confirm your faith and advance the cause of the church.
 
We wanted to give you a quick update on reopening our church for Sunday worship. Governor Lee has given churches the freedom to congregate and has issued very broad guidelines and suggestions for reopening. We know this preparation will take several weeks for us to feel comfortable setting up the building to protect you. Our plan is to open for worship on Sunday May 31st. In the meantime, we will continue our current status of conducting worship only online. This will be phase one, just Sunday worship service.
 
We are committed to covering everything we do in prayer to make the best decisions possible for you and the church. We will continue to update you on the specific precautions we are taking in the weeks ahead.
 
We ask one thing from you: In our efforts to know if we should offer ONE or TWO worship services, could you please respond to this note letting us know if you will be attending in person on May 31st. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this because it will help us plan accordingly.
 

1 Timothy 3:14-15

These things I write to you…so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
 
God’s richest blessings upon you,
 

Pastor Greg and the Leadership Team

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March 18th Update
Dear Church Family,
 
As the coronavirus continues to spread, the world around us faces fear and anxiety, but as Christians we trust in a great God Who gives us peace and comfort. Our desire is to come together at church where we can worship the one true and living God and find rest for our souls. But since this virus is a serious concern in our nation and health professionals are recommending canceling all essential meetings and asking us to practice social distance, the Staff and Deacons have decided to cancel Sunday services for the immediate future. Also, the church building will be closed for all activities. By doing this we do not want to instill fear in any way, but rather wisdom, caution and love. Obviously, there’s no substitute for meeting in person, however, with modern technology there will be ways we can be together via the internet. This is a good reminder to all of us that we live in an uncertain world and our confidence and trust is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let’s use this opportunity to encourage and strengthen one another in the faith as well as being proactive in sharing the Gospel through technology. For those of you who may be anxious, remember the words of the Psalmist in Psalms 56:3-4: 3 When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. 4 In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?
 
We are committed to shepherd and serve you through the love of Christ, so our church offices will remain open Monday through Thursday. We also encourage you to reach out to us if you have any spiritual need or have any specific prayer requests.
 
Lastly, since giving is an important part of our worship and ongoing ministry, we are encouraging you to continue your faithful support of our church. You could drop off your offering to Teresa, mail in your offering, or give through your bank or credit card online at our website (www.wchbc.org/give).
 
Prayerfully in Christ,
 

Pastor Greg and Leadership Team

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March 14th Update
Dear Church Family,

As the Shepherd of our church, my number one concern is your spiritual and physical welfare. Yesterday President Trump declared a National Emergency concerning the evolving situation with the COVID-19 virus. In light of this concerning time, I wanted to send you a message updating you on how we are preparing for Sunday and the weeks ahead.

This Sunday we have a few ladies who will be wiping down door handles and railings at the church. We are asking if you would also be willing to help clean. We will have wipes and disinfectant available. 
 
Of course, use wisdom and common sense as you plan for Sunday and the days ahead. If you are feeling sick in any way, or just want to be cautious, please stay home and be safe, we totally understand and support that decision. At this time, we have canceled Wednesday events until April 15th and the Deacons and Staff will meet on Tuesday night to discuss Sunday services going forward.
 

We will trust in the providence of God to see us all through this time, and not give in to fear. Remember 2 Timothy 1:7 says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Let’s call upon our great God for protection and healing. We pray for God to keep us alert and wise to this very real threat, while remembering the people who have already lost loved ones.
 
I look forward to seeing you in church this Sunday and will keep you updated with any new information.
 
In Christ’s love,
 

Pastor Greg