June 10, 2020
 

Dear Church Members and Friends of First Baptist,

The trends for the last two weeks have shown decrease in Covid-19 related cases. As of this morning, June 9, Minnesota has reported lower numbers. How we thank the Lord for His grace to us during these difficult and trying times. We thank the Lord that in our immediate family of First Baptist, we are aware of only one person who has tested positive There may have been others, but to our best understanding, just the one.

We are therefore proceeding to a start date for this Sunday, June 14. The service will be from 10:30-11:30 am.

For our time of worship, Green markings on every other pew will be placed to facilitate social distancing. We would ask that you sit within the Green markings. We are also suggesting that facial masks be worn, as a courtesy to others, when social distancing is not possible in restrooms and entering/exiting the building. Masks will be provided for those who may not have one. Hand sanitizer will also be available. We are asking that families bring their children into the sanctuary with them for our time of worship.

For the time being there we will be no nursery or Sunday School. We’re confident that these ministries will resume in the very near future.

Our worship service will allow us flexibility:
 
  1. For those who are comfortable worshiping in the sanctuary, please make sure you or your family members are not showing symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or have had recent contact with anyone testing positive to the virus or showing the symptoms above in the past 14 days.
  2. For those who may not be able to join us in the sanctuary for worship, we will broadcast live on the radio at 99.1 FM so that you can remain in your vehicles in our parking lot.
  3. Live stream will continue for those who are unable to be present for our time of worship.

 

For those who will be gathering in the sanctuary, we are asking that the middle of the pews be filled first to facilitate distancing for others entering the pews. At the end of the service you will be dismissed by rows to proceed outside and visit at a safe distance.

We are well aware that these above conditions are not ideal and perhaps not very pleasant. However, we thank the Lord for the opportunity to worship together and are excited for our soon return to normalcy.

We thank God for all who have made our time of worship possible: Our front line heroes from law enforcement, the medical profession, and for each of you who have been diligent in making every effort to be victorious over this pandemic. And, a special thanks to our technicians who made our worship together possible.

Pastor Abe, Elder Board and Church Council