Note from Pastor Bobby
We are officially reopening our Sunday morning services! Mark your calendar for Sunday, June 21st at 9:30am.
I would like to outline some essential information for you about how our Sundays will look different in order to keep everyone safe for the near future.
These protocols are in place to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19. We are following these as a gesture of love towards our brothers and sisters. John tells us,
"By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers" 1 John 3:16
If you are at high risk, please stay home and watch the online LiveStream
. Based on what the Centers for Disease Control knows, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:
- People aged 65 years and older
- People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility
People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who have compromised immune systems
- Many conditions can cause a person to have a compromised immune system including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
- Women who are pregnant
Additionally, you should not attend if you have ANY of these symptoms: fatigue, cough/sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever or chills, muscle pain or body aches, headache, congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.
We strongly encourage everyone over age 5 wear a mask that covers your nose, mouth, and chin. Please bring a mask from home. Masks will be available at church if you forget. There may be some attending without masks.
We discourage hand shakes, hugs, and physical contact outside your own family group. Instead, wave or say "hi."
Use hand sanitizer or wash hands when entering the building or if you touch a surface someone else may have touched.
Keep six feet between family groups at all times including when seated. Follow usher instructions to fill the pews from front to back and middle of the row to the aisles. Exit from the back first (like at wedding).
Enter and exit the auditorium only through the east doors of the main lobby, the Fellowship Hall (overflow room) through the north lobby, and the Upper Room (overflow room) through the west lobby.
There will be no on-site nursery or children's programs.
Temporary changes: offering boxes in all lobbies, service time will be shorter with limited singing, no coffee fellowship or paper bulletins, no water fountain access.
Our facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by our wonderful custodial crew. Please observe helpful signs and warning tape throughout the facility.
The Welcome Center will be open to answer any questions, help you sign up to receive notice of the online bulletin, learn how to give online, update your contact information, or to lend you a Bible. If you do not have access to a computer, ask to have the bulletin mailed to you each week during this season.
I want to give another "shout-out" and big "THANK-YOU!" to the Health Response and Pastor-Elder teams for their hard work these past few months. They have, and will continue to research and analyze data, discuss recommendations, pray, and think through protocols for how to best move forward to ensure the safety of our people. I am grateful for the work of both teams. Please thank them when you have a chance:
Health Response Team - Libby Aker, Carolyn Barnett, Dave Billing, Jonah Colvin, Christina Conover, Jan Conway, Drake Dingeman, Alan Geist, Crystal Hammond, Evan Hellwig, Kyle Kirby, Howard May, Devon McCarty, George McConkey, Rachel Parrill, Charlie Patterson, Earl Robinson, Rob Stewart, Geoff Walker
Pastor-Elder Team - Jason Carrier, Pat Cook, Drake Dingeman, Tim Greenwood, Joe Gummel, Evan Hellwig, Scott Howell, Loren Kuhn, Denny Moritz, Jason Naill, David Stinger, Tom Wolverton
That's it. Press on. You are greatly loved.
Please note that we will still offer the Sunday service online through our LiveStream broadcast. You can click the button below to watch our live stream of the service!
Suspension of Church Ministries
We are using the word suspension instead of cancel as these ministries will resume once the pandemic has faded. So, for the next few weeks the following ministries at Southgate are suspended. There will be no...
- Children's Sunday School*, Middle School Classes or Youth D-Groups
- AWANA, Biz-Basics
- All Nursery through PreK ministries
*these services will be available online
Continuation of Worship through Giving
One of the elements of corporate worship is the opportunity to give our financial gifts to the Lord. For many, this sacred discipline is done on Sunday as the offering plate is passed. For others, it is done online or through direct deposits. Regardless of the method of giving, it is still an act of worship as we demonstrate our obedience, our dependence, and our thankfulness to the Lord for His provision for us.
Offering boxes will be available in all lobbies during this season of social distancing. I want to encourage you to continue to express your worship though giving in ways that maybe you have not done before.
If you would still like to do this online giving as an act of worship in the Sunday service, we have built an offering time into the LiveStream. We will draw your attention to that on Sunday morning during the LiveStream. Click the button below to be taken to our online giving page!