As you are aware, we’ve had a recent increase in the number of Covid 19 cases within our church. We know this virus is real. We’ve had one death, one still in the hospital and one has just been released to go home. We still have those battling the virus at home. Some are still struggling while others thankfully, are recovering. Yes, this virus is real. Not only are we facing this issue, but other sister churches also. Some have once again chosen to shut down until the beginning of December.
We know this virus is air-borne spread. That’s been proven by medical doctors. CDC reports, “Airborne transmission is infection spread through exposure to those virus-containing respiratory droplets comprised of smaller droplets and particles that can remain suspended in the air over long distances (usually greater than 6 feet) and time (typically hours).” I spoke with someone who’s on the Covid 19 task force at his work in Oak Ridge who declared: “Wearing a mask in large crowds or gatherings will reduce the risk of spreading Covid 19.”
Therefore the leadership of NHBC has decided for the safety of our congregation and especially those who are high risk, to require masks be worn for all services.
I realize this might not be popular with some, but I encourage everyone to look at the overall reason for making this decision. We also encourage you to maintain the social distancing guidelines as well as staying home if you do not feel well or if you have been around someone who has been ill. The one thing we are seeing with Covid 19 is that it mimics other illnesses so please not assume that you just have a cold or allergies. Please stay home and enjoy the use of our livestream services.
Are masks fail-proof? Probably not, but if they reduce the risk of spreading the virus, then should we not consider doing so for the safety of others? Pray for the leadership at NHBC as we pray and make these though decisions.
And finally, I encourage everyone to seek unity and peace as we do our best to deal with this deadly virus remembering the words of the Apostle Paul found in Ephesians 4:3 “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
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