I had hoped that May 1st would end the COVID-19 shutdown and this Sunday would be the day we would be able to resume gathering again at the Chapel as a church in fellowship and worship.
However, as you likely know by now, the Governor has announced an extension of this COVID-19 shutdown effecting churches in Alabama through May 15, 2020.
Right now, Sunday, May 17th is the target date for us to get back together as a church at the Chapel.
There continues to be restrictions on gatherings of 10 or more and churches have been directed to keep in place online programs or parking lot programs with parishioners remaining their vehicles and 6 feet distance between them.
This is a difficult decision for me to balance in my mind because on one hand I don’t want care what the state says but on the other hand I realize I don’t want to bring unnecessary harm to any of us in spreading the virus. I have some personal concerns because of being to the hospital a few times in recent weeks with chaplaincy work and not wanting to unknowingly spread anything.
A Sunday, May 17 gathering is just over two weeks away and two weeks is thought to be the virus contagious period, which may mean we’ll have this time to be more confident of not having it to spread when we do meet.
Let me also add for those who may want to meet together for lunch or Bible study or prayer or just fellowship either at the Chapel or a home, you are very welcome to and I will be happy to send out an email to the rest of the church if you want.
Finally, baring any other COVID-19 changes, Sunday, May 17, 2020 will be the day we’ll resume weekly Sunday gatherings at the Chapel.
I will introduce our new teaching series on the book of Matthew with the theme “The Kingdom of Heaven” as it unfolds the gospel for these last days from the words of life of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Of course, I will probably email you a few times between now and then and maybe even upload a video or two to my YouTube channel.
I am praying for you and yours, too!