Dear Church family,
It has come to my attention that a member of our church who attended services this past Sunday, August 8th later tested positive for Covid-19. I feel compelled to notify the entire congregation in this matter even if I am doing so reluctantly. This individual is experiencing very mild symptoms and is quarantining at home with their family. This individual is committed to remaining quarantined until they have fully cleared the quarantine. If by chance you know who this individual is, I ask you to please show grace and do not jump to judgement or assumptions. When this person attended service Sunday morning they had no symptoms. Please pray that they make a quick and uneventful recovery.
The good news for our church is that most of our congregation has either been fully vaccinated or already recovered from Covid. In addition, it is worth noting that while Covid-19 can be very serious, the vast majority of people recover fully and only experience “mild illness” according to the CDC.
As a church, each of us should exercise personal responsibility, and do what is in our own best interest as well as the best interest of others (Philippians 2:4). For many this could mean wearing a mask or getting the vaccine. If you feel so compelled to do either, I would encourage you to do so.
Moving forward we will not require, at this time, masks or any further Covid restrictions. Masks are welcome but not required. However, I do ask that you not attend church events if you are having any Covid symptoms or are putting others at risk. We will hold all services and regularly scheduled events as planned since our mission is very important to God. One local public school recently had a confirmed case at their open house but moved forward with the start of school as planned. We will do the same. People need Jesus more than they need public education! Furthermore, we will be thoroughly sanitizing our building regularly and before Sunday services.
Finally, I am reluctant to even send this because I believe that Covid has been leveraged as a weapon of fear by the enemy for some time. And I am concerned that another Covid announcement will add to fearfulness and worry. Neither of which are of God. God has not given us a Spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). I am committed to keeping our congregation informed and safe. But my main focus is the spiritual health of individuals, the expansion of the Kingdom of God, and the perpetuation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So, I intend to use wisdom for myself and our church, but Jesus and His Kingdom will be my aim. And I invite you all to have this same determination.
Pastor Bill Holcomb
King George Church of God