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on Walnut Street's response to COVID-19
Hello again, church family,
It's Monday, March 16, 2020, and we've got another video update for you. I again encourage you to watch that in its entirety above.
To summarize a few main points:
We will continue to livestream on Sundays at 11am for the time being. You can watch that on our Facebook page and at walnutstreetbaptist.org/live. We know there are still a few bugs to work out, and we ask that you be patient with us as we figure those things out. We're figuring this out together, y'all.
There will also be no Midweek or any other on-campus events this week. Please be mindful of the guidelines that are set forth by the CDC and other government bodies. Let's be selfless in how we handle these things.
We want you to remember 3 things in this uncertain time:
Be the church. Continue to stay in contact with your Sunday School teachers and with church staff to let us know how we can serve you. Also be mindful of the needs of your neighbors and others around you so that we can show Christ's love in this situation.
Get serious. It is times like this where it is crucial that we take our walk with God seriously. Walk diligently with Him and continue reading His word. Take this time to walk seriously with God and allow Him to show you what He has for you and how He wants you to be the church.
Remember that finances are still very important. Continue to give in the midst of uncertainty. Our hearts are tied closely to our finances. Allow your treasure to be in God's Kingdom so that your heart may follow. You can make an online gift here.
I'm excited about the incredible things God will be able to do in this time. This isn't the time to get down, this is a time to get up and to be in the midst of God's word and the advancement of His kingdom. Let's watch what He does when we come together.
We love y'all
Please watch for a special message from Grey and the rest of our church staff.
Hey, Church Family,
We are currently at our annual planning meeting, but we wanted to keep you up to date on what's going on in the life of Walnut Street. I encourage you to watch the entire video message above.
To reiterate a few of those points:
Following the guidance of recommendations issued by the CDC, medical professionals, and our state officials, we feel it is more prudent in this time to move online for the time being.
We again point you to the guidelines set forth by the CDC for your care and vigilance during this time.
We hope that you will join us for live online services via our Facebook page and walnutstreetbaptist.org/live
You can continue to stay up to date via this page, email, and our social media pages.
Remember, Church Family, that throughout history God's church has been pushed to different points due to many extenuating circumstances and in those times has advanced God's Kingdom mightily! Be prudent, be wise, hold to gathering guidelines from the CDC, but be the church.
Be the church by praying. Pray for your neighbors, your family, your church family and for God's Kingdom.
Be the church by continuing to give, not only of your finances but of yourselves. Remember that you are able to give via the app, our giving page, and through the mail.
Please continue to update us on how you are, how we can pray for, and serve you during this time and walk closely with God!
We love y'all
It seems that we are being inundated with health updates, so we wanted to take a moment to address you directly. We will continue to have services as normally scheduled as long as is medically prudent. We wanted to let you know that we are holding to the CDC's recommendations about larger group meetings. If you would like to know more about those, you can visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html. A few suggestions for while you are here: keep to elbow bumps and warm smiles, and cough and sneeze into your elbow. Hand sanitizer is present all around the building and, even better, there is soap in the bathrooms. Let me also recommend a good sing-through of Oh Praise the Name or Amazing Grace.
Here are a few specific actions we have taken:
As mentioned, hand sanitizer and soap is well-stocked throughout the building.
We have purchased a new anti-bacterial cleaner that is approved to kill the Coronavirus as well as all common viruses.
We are wiping all contact surfaces with disposable wipes of the new disinfectant/cleaner.
We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC and other state and federal agencies, and take appropriate action in light of those recommendations. Specifically, we will follow the lead of the Jonesboro Public School district in deciding whether or not to cancel services, as we do in the case of inclement weather. We are also working on contingent plans should they be needed in the future. As we spoke about last week, and as God reiterates multiple times throughout His word, do not forsake meeting together. No church or follower of Jesus can flourish alone.
Remember this: God is, has, and will always be in control. There is no doctor, disease, or diagnosis that sets your life, but rather, God Alone does that. Rest assured in His hand and counsel. Walk with Him and let the peace of God which passes all understanding guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
If you are sick please let us know so we can both lift you up in prayer as well as care for you however possible.
We will continue to keep you updated via email, our social media pages, and this web page.
We love y'all,