POSTPONEMENT OF PBC RE-OPENING
RESTART TASK FORCE PLANS FOR PBC RECONVENING (Updated 8/14/2020)
The Restart Task Force met this past Tuesday to discuss a target date for reopening our Sunday morning worship activities. Like you, the members of our committee have a strong desire to return to the sanctuary for communal worship; however, our desire to return is tempered with concerns regarding the health and safety of our congregation and staff.
We are heartened by what appears to be a possible leveling of the number of positive cases for Montgomery, but we are also concerned about a sharp spike in the number of cases once schools are back in session.
After much discussion, the committee is recommending PBC set Sunday, September 13th as our target for reopening our worship activities. The date should allow time for the possible effects associated with the beginning of the school year. Beginning on September 13th we are suggesting we begin opening with two designated Sunday School classes as we had planned before and will proceed with the previous plan.
As always, the Restart Task Force will continue to meet, to monitor the situation, and to keep you informed.
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