Please watch the following video and then read the notes below.
I want to take a couple of moments and provide some further clarity concerning the recent Executive Order changes and the corresponding COVID protocols and procedures at FBCW.
Like many, we were caught off guard by the unexpected and abrupt changes that were announced by the Governor this past weekend. We tried to respond and communicate in as clear and efficient a manner as possible given the short turn around.
We know there have been some questions, particularly with regard to Kid's Ministry procedures and how these mask changes apply to children.
Let me see if I can clearly communicate the Executive Order changes for you here:
1. If you are vaccinated of any age, you are no longer required to wear a mask.
2. If you are unvaccinated, everyone aged 5 to adult, you are still required to wear a mask
according to the Executive Order for now.
Considering there is yet a vaccine that is available for those under the age of 12, everyone 5-11 will still be required to wear their masks.
I do remind you, that we will not be asking anyone whether they have been vaccinated or not, but trust that each will respond before the Lord and His Word with integrity. Again, ages 5-11 should still be wearing masks for now until there is either an Executive Order change or vaccines have been made available.
We do expect that there will be further changes and increased easing of mitigations in the coming weeks, so stay tuned weekly for updates.
ENCOURAGEMENT AND EXHORTATION:
I want to thank the vast majority of you who have remained faithful during this odd and difficult year. I want to say thank you to those who have exhibited Christ-like maturity in your positivity, patience, graciousness, and reasonableness, even when you had varying opinions and preferences.
Our church has a full spectrum of opinions, preferences, and convictions concerning COVID. I would encourage you to commit to memory two incredible, but simple verses.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. – Romans 12:18
So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. – Philippians 2:1-8
- Pastor Brad