At Glen Baptist Church, we believe in the sovereignty of God. As such we should never be in a state of panic or worry about any difficulties or challenges in life. Scripture often admonishes us to “Fear not” because “God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7) Because of this confidence in God, we will not over-react to the COVID-19 concerns.
But along with our confidence in God as our Savior, Sustainer, Protector, and Provider, we also know that God has called us to be wise, sober-minded, and prudent in our behavior. Proverbs 13:20 tells us, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise,but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” We know we are called to make wise decisions concerning difficult circumstances as we demonstrate the prudence and peace that comes from the Lord in our decision making.
We want you to know that we are taking concerns about COVID-19 very seriously and we are listening to the wisdom of health professionals, government officials, and others. Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Baker County. Concerning our plans at the church, we are moving ahead with all planned activities. But we have taken extra measures of caution moving ahead.
Measures taken this week:
1. We’ve increased our facilities manpower with an extra worker and even our pastors were involved in making sure every surface in our church was wiped clean with disinfectant wipes. We’ve given special attention to children’s and nursery areas, making sure every toy, book, handle, light switch, and surface is disinfected.
2. We have set out multiple bottles of sanitizer in the worship center foyer so you can disinfect your hands as you enter and leave.
3. We are encouraging people to abstain from hand shakes and hugs and instead encouraging a hand bump or wave.
4. We are asking that anyone showing signs of cold or flu like symptoms, especially involving any fever, to remain at home and watch our service online.
5. We are staying up to date with the Department of Health updates through regular contact and are following their guidance.
We want you to feel comfortable and safe at church and we are committed to doing everything possible to make that happen. If the situation changes, where our plans need adjustment, we will communicate those changes with you. But for now, we look forward to seeing you at church this Sunday where we can worship our Lord together!
In any and every situation of life, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)