COVID-19 :: 3/13/20 Update for Eastgate Baptist Church

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During this time of ongoing concern regarding the COVID-19 virus it is important that we be proactive as the family of faith in our community and not falling prey to an overwhelming spirit of fear. We now as always can trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who has all power, all wisdom & knowledge, and is always with us.  This has not caught Him by surprise. 

At Eastgate, our goal will be to not overreact as a church but not to under react as well, because the concerns are a reality we face. Also, there are those within our community that face this concern with a higher risk to their health.  

As you may already be aware of…the situation in the Flint, Michigan area has been rapidly evolving and the school systems across the entire state are now suspended for the next three weeks.  

Since it is our desire  is to work with the suggestion of our local government to help slow the spread of this virus while maintaining our religious liberty to freely & safely gather for worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, & gospel proclamation as we choose. Because of the varying nature of what is happening in our community…we are moving to adjust in a way that is beneficial to our congregation and helps to not put our fellow man at a greater health risk.

Here is our plan as a church and our encouragement to you going forward in the coming few weeks during this crisis  ::

1 ::  If you are sick, or have any symptoms of possible sickness please stay home. This is for your personal well-being as well as for the well-being for the health of the community.

2 ::  Our Sunday Connection Groups & Wednesday evening activities (Awana, etc.) will be POSTPONED FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS until APRIL 5, 2020. All other ministries are contingent upon the circumstances in our surrounding communities, as they may vary.

If you would like to sign up for text for the latest updates… text LOOP to 810-202-8331 and follow the link. You can also receive email updates by sending your name and the word LOOP to connect@eastgatebaptist.org

3 ::  The SUNDAY WORSHIP GATHERING will be ONLINE ONLY on March 15th.  This will be a time of prayer and teaching from the Scriptures. In listening to the concerns expressed by the church family and for the safety of our community, the deacons and myself made this decision.  We encourage you to please stay home with your families and join us on our Facebook page or through our church website.  We will be reevaluating next week the Sunday schedules going forward.

https://www.facebook.com/eastgatebc

https://www.eastgatebaptist.org/watch

4 ::  As such, we will be unable to collect the offerings by passing the plates if this is your normal accustomed manner of giving. Therefore, as any church is a non-profit dependent on the contributions of its congregation, and as we still have financial obligations that we are to meet in good faith…we ask that you would use one of the following alternatives during this temporary disruption.

  • Mail your offering to 4226 E Atherton Rd, Burton, MI 48519 or make arrangements to donate with the church office.
  • Give Online through our giving portal on our website (eastgatebaptist.org) by clicking the GIVE tab in the menu and following the easy to use instructions.
  • Text GIVE to 810-202-8331 and follow the online giving links
  • Set up Eastgate Baptist with address listed above through your online banking payees 

5 :: We are asking our congregation to avoid shaking hands, hugging, holy kisses, etc. Instead use a fist bump, elbow bump or a friendly wave. It is also good to be aware of covering your nose and mouth during any coughing or sneezing that may inadvertently occur by using your inner arms & not your hands.

Should you use your hands…please wash them for a minimum of 20 seconds with soap and warm water.

In other words, please use the best health practices and display common courtesy.

6 ::  We will be giving the church a deep clean between March 15—March 22nd sanitizing all surfaces, door knobs, nursery toys, etc.  Should we discover after next week’s reevaluation that we will begin assembling together once more…we will be cleaning and wiping down before and after each gathering to limit contact with germs. For those that would like to help in this work, please contact the church office.

7 ::  As there is a shortage of hand sanitizer on the market…we will have homemade hand sanitizer bottles located at the entrance ways to the church facilities. This doesn’t offset the healthy need to regularly wash your hands and to avoid shaking others hands.   

8 ::  We will SUSPEND the usual complimentary coffee and snacks area during this time to limit the possible transmission of pathogens. 

9 ::  If things progressively worsen through the upcoming days and weeks, we have other steps of precaution that we will implement should they be required. 

We are closely monitoring this situation through info by the state government, the CDC, and consulting with local healthcare providers about the best course of action for our congregation & community. 

Please pray for wisdom for our church leaders and government leaders during this time. May we as a people of faith use wisdom, truth, love, and grace during this time as always to share the Gospel. This world needs hope and we know that hope has a name…Jesus.

Let us follow Him faithfully…together,

Pastor Jerome

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