Dear FBC Family,
From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have followed the recommendations and requirements of the various health authorities as best as were able. We will continue that trend as we navigate the roll-back of restrictions in the days and weeks ahead. That being said, we do ask and expect that we, as a church family, will continue to act with compassion and care for those who are still vulnerable and at risk. In Philippians 2, we are encouraged not to look first to our own interests, but to the interests of others. I trust that this principle, which has guided our actions thus far, will carry us to the end of our current struggle and beyond.
The governor recently announced that as of Tuesday, April 6th, the state mask mandate will expire and put the decision back into the hands of local health departments. I spoke to officials within the Jackson County Health Department and they indicated that the mask mandate will indeed expire on that date. They are, however, strongly recommending that people continue to wear masks, particularly while in close proximity to others. With that in mind, we respectfully request that you continue to wear your mask as you enter and exit the building and anytime you will be within 6 feet of others who do not live in the same household as you. For the time being, we are asking that all volunteers and staff continue to wear masks while serving.
While the mask mandate is expiring, the other requirements are still in place. We will continue to limit the capacity in the sanctuary by roping off every other pew and will carefully monitor our in-person attendance numbers. We also ask that you continue to be diligent about not lingering in the hallway while entering and exiting, as this tends to make social distancing extremely difficult and restricts the flow of traffic. As more information becomes available and restrictions are lifted, we will continue to communicate next steps to our church family.
We trust that the Lord is bringing an end to this pandemic and look forward to all He has in store for the days and weeks ahead. Please continue to be in prayer for our local health officials and professionals as they do the difficult work of caring for the sick and discerning the best path forward. Know that we are praying for you all, that God would keep you healthy and that he would give you (and all of us) hearts of compassion and patient grace to endure for just a little longer. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Dr. Jeremy S. Myers
First Baptist Church