COVID-19 General Updates

COVID-19 General Updates

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Updated 10/10/20, 4:00 pm

Dear Church Family,

Earlier today, I was informed by Pastor Mark that he had tested positive to Covid-19. He had begun experiencing symptoms on Tuesday and began to self-quarantine later that day and had a COVID Test taken on Thursday. That test came back today (Saturday) and confirmed that he has Covid-19. He was at church this past Sunday and also in the church office all day on Monday and Tuesday and our entire pastoral staff as well as a number on our Tech Team were exposed to him. As many of you are aware, in accordance with the CDC guidelines we have asked that those who have had known contact with someone with Covid-19 to refrain from attending our in-person gatherings. Due to the late nature of getting this information, we don’t feel it is achievable to work through the logistics to plan our church gathering with the absence of our entire staff. By way of caution, we have chosen to cancel our In-person gatherings for tomorrow (10/11/20). This includes our morning activities as well as our Church Partnership Meeting and Fireside Fellowship. I trust you will understand our caution and our desire to keep our congregation safe.

I will plan to record a short word to our congregation that will air at 10:30 tomorrow.  I will not plan to speak an entire sermon but will encourage you to pick out a past sermon that you have missed and watch it instead. Thank you again for your understanding and prayers.

Brian Peterson

 

 

Updated 8/20/20, 4:00 pm

Early Gathering (Masks Required) • 8:00 am

This Sunday there will be an early gathering with face masks required. We will meet together in A 100-103. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Enter the building through the main entrance (portico) or through the youth wing entrance.
  • Enter the room through room A 102 (Directly across from the center doors of the auditorium)
  • We will begin at 8:00 am
  • There will be no childcare available, but children are more than welcome to join in!
  • The elements of the gathering will be one congregational song, Scripture reading, prayer, and the sermon.
  • The gathering will end by 9:00 am in order to dismiss before others begin to arrive for our LifeStage Class at 9:30 am.

 

Updated 5/22/2020, 12:00 pm

Here’s what you can plan to expect if you attend this Sunday.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT:

“Lebanon Baptist Church is following the lead and guidance of the CDC and the Georgia governor’s office as we begin a measured reopening of our church worship services beginning May 24, 2020. The church has taken proactive steps to assist attendees each Sunday including but not limited to: reducing seating capacity by 50%, maintaining six feet social distancing, establishing one-way entrance and exits, taking temperatures of all staff and volunteers, capping the maximum number of individuals in the facility at any given time, and sanitizing the building after each service. Lebanon will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation in the state of Georgia and remain flexible in our week-to-week approach to holding services. We also continue to earnestly pray for the Lord’s grace and mercy to be upon our state and country during these difficult times.”

 

Updated 5/8/2020, 12:00 pm

 

Download a .pdf version of the Phased Reopening Plan

 

 

Updated 4/24/2020, 2:00 pm

This week, Governor Kemp began to reopen Georgia by introducing some phases toward getting “back to normal.” How does this affect our church and when will we be able to meet together again? Here is a brief update from Pastor Brian.

 

 

 

 

Updated 4/7/2020, 1:00 pm

We are following our government officials’ recommendations and have canceled all gatherings at LBC for the foreseeable future. This includes Lifestage Classes, AM & PM Gatherings, Wednesday Night Activities, Small Groups, and all other events.

We are refining the Care Process for our church family.
Care needs will be primarily facilitated through our Growth Group structure. If you are not in a Growth Group, you have been assigned to a newly-formed “Deacon Care Group” under the leadership of an active deacon, former deacon, or another leader within our church. More information will be coming to you directly from your group leader. If you do not hear from them by this Sunday, please email admin@lebanonbaptist.org. We trust that each of these groups will continually check in on and look out for one another both physically and spiritually. 

We’d like to form a Specialized Response Team of willing, healthy individuals willing and able to meet needs in the event that a Growth Group or Deacon Care Group is unable to meet a particular need. This team would include individuals who could run errands and/or have supplies they are willing to share. If you would like to be a part of this group, please email admin@lebanonbaptist.org

The pastors and deacons have also recommended we allocate some additional funding from our accounts to be directed toward meeting the additional benevolence needs that may arise as we navigate this crisis. We will inform our congregation of those details at our next partnership meeting. 

We are working to provide biblical instruction and resources through digital platforms.

  • We will provide teaching each Sunday. Here’s the link to our YouTube channel to watch the broadcast. You can also subscribe to our channel to get notifications whenever we post new content.
  • We will also host a mid-week conversation or live prayer meeting on Wednesdays.
  • We will routinely be posting devotionals to our blog. You can subscribe to our church’s blog posts here.
  • Our church family now has a subscription to Right Now Media, free of charge! Contact Pastor Mark to learn how to access this resource. You can watch our overview of this tool here.
  • We have provided our church family a 60-day trial to the Dwell Bible Reading App. Click here to learn more
  • If you need counsel or instruction during this time, please call or email any of the pastors.

We are streamlining our general communication methods.
This webpage will be our main information hub, please refer to it often. At the top of this page, you will find ideas for gospel outreach, service opportunities, and other resources. Please take some time to explore these sections. We will continue to send out our weekly update on Friday with helpful information. If you have not subscribed, you can do so here.

Church, we want you to know that we deeply love you and care for you. Please be in contact with your group leader about any needs you may have or may know about. Let us all act wisely, place our hope in God, and “as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10).

The Pastoral Team of LBC

 

 

Updated 3/15/2020, 12:00 pm

Church Family & Friends,

Around 5:30 this evening, Governor Kemp announced Georgia’s first-ever public health emergency. He requested that faith-based organizations consider cancellation of services. It is for this reason that we have chosen to follow the recommendation and cancel our morning worship gathering and growth groups, along with all the other church activities for the upcoming week.

In lieu of the public gathering, we have provided Audio and Video links to today’s message. Click Here

FINAL EXHORTATIONS
  • PRAY – Pray faithfully for all of our government officials and health care workers as they navigate this difficult time.
  • MEDITATE – Let me suggest that you use some of this extra time to continue to deepen your meditation on the greatness and goodness of God. We will be hopefully sending out in the days ahead some special devotional readings to assist you in this. ​​​​​​​
  • INVEST – It is in these difficult trials that God can really use you to love your neighbor. Look for ways to invest in those in your sphere of influence (i.e. make a grocery run, share some toilet paper, give a phone call or text, etc).

If you have any physical or spiritual needs during this time, please contact our church office. We will continue to update you on any changes through email as well as the website.

Please know of our love for all of you!

LBC Pastoral Team