POSTPONEMENT OF PBC RE-OPENING
The Restart Task Force met on Monday, July 6. During this meeting, the group unanimously agreed it was not prudent to reopen for in-person Sunday morning worship as originally scheduled for July.
Please know this decision was not made lightly. Great consideration was given to the increasing numbers of positive COVID-19 at the local, state, and national levels. Additionally, the group considered recommendations from the local ministers’ in the Montgomery area.
The Restart Task Force will continue to meet and monitor the ongoing situation. It is our sincere hope that we can re-open soon, but only when we feel confident about the situation. We take the health and safety of our PBC family seriously.
Live-streaming of Sunday’s service will continue at 11:00 a.m.
Michael Belcher Fran Dixon Danne Howard
Greg Moseley Cathy Poage Mark Williams
P.S. – Everyone is invited by email with a link to join our Zoom Wednesday night service at 6:30 p.m.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN WE RESUME WORSHIP IN OUR SANCTUARY
The Restart Task Force met to devise a plan to begin our return to Sunday morning worship.
We are proposing that we begin with small groups. This will allow everyone (staff, volunteers, and members) to become acclimated to the new procedures which are designed to provide a safe return to church. Additional information regarding these procedures will be disseminated closer to a restart date.
To that end, you will notice a few changes in the sanctuary and service. Social distancing will be emphasized through the spacing of every other row for seating. Additionally, the back rooms will be open for parents with young children since there will not be a nursery. Also, the offering plate will not be passed, but rather there will be one designated location for collection. And, for the foreseeable future, we will not have a choir.
Additionally, the following safety procedures are being implemented:
• everyone will enter through the main front entrance at the beginning of the service.
• everyone will exit through the exterior doors at the end of the service.
• everyone will be provided with hand-sanitizer upon entry, and
• everyone will be asked to wear a mask. If you forget your mask, we will have one for you.
Although we are all anxious to begin worshiping together, we are taking this situation very seriously. The safety of our congregation is of the upmost importance.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Montgomery and the surrounding counties and prayerfully consider the nature and timing of our re-opening. Please stay informed through email, social media, messaging and our website.
Restart Task Force
FROM THE HEART AND MIND
If Ever Your Church Needed You, It Is Now In my wildest dreams I never thought there would be a time when the church would be more useful if we suspended our gatherings. This, however, is where we are. COVID-19 is pervasive and contagious. PBC will prepare to be good neighbors.
We intend to be compliant with every recommendation from the CDC because the best of public health policy and the best of medical science are vital to slowing down and overcoming the siege of the Coronavirus.
But here is what I know about our fellowship at Pintlala Baptist Church. We are resilient and once we put our collective mind to doing something, it gets done. Ideas, strategies, creative planning must reflect the empowerment of the Spirit. PBC, will prepare to come out on the other side of this historic moment a stronger church.
Everyone is needed. Everyone has the capability of making PBC strong and influential for the cause of Christ. The church gathered maybe suspended for the common good, but the church scattered in ministry and service will be a force for good and God. We will be the church if we cannot “have church.”
We proceed on, Gary Burton, Pastor firstname.lastname@example.org
We will update information via the website, pintlalabaptist.com, email and text messaging. Please do not hesitate to contact:
The church office (334.281.9439)
Or Jerrie (334.328.6661)
Or Gary (334.315.2235) for any questions.
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Pintlala Baptist Church and COVID-19
Everyone in the PBC family is needed to prevent the spread of this virus which is 10x more lethal than the flu. We are depending on the latest information from the healthcare communities from the National and State of Alabama advisories.
“We are asking for your understanding and support as we ramp up our response to the immediate challenge:
- Sanitizing the common areas throughout the church complex. Our preschool areas are routinely sanitized. The frequency, thoroughness, and expansion of this work will begin immediately.
- Social Distancing will be necessary. The most vulnerable are the elderly among us and those whose health is already comprised by ongoing conditions. For some, choosing to stay away when the church gathers is a decision our church will bless. However, we must stay in touch in order to support one another.
- We will continue to promote the guidelines for personal hygiene: frequent hand washing, using hand sanitizer, cover coughs and sneezes with tissue.
- We will honor those who choose to make elbow contact rather than fist bumps, handshakes and close contact.
- We must keep ourselves informed. PBC will provide ongoing vital information. We welcome your suggestions.
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2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
Gary Burton, Pastor