From Pastor Donnie Gullion 11/23
I hope everyone is having a good week and will be able to enjoy some form of Thanksgiving. While things are certainly different, there are indeed still many things to be thankful for this week. I’m certainly thankful knowing each of you and I will be even more thankful when we can get together as we have in the past without the encumbrance of concerns or masks! That will indeed be a great day and one I look forward to experiencing! Enjoy the holiday, but be careful and safe.
We will not meet again this week for in person services. This would probably not be a good week anyway given that families will get together with individuals who are normally not in contact with one another, and the risk of virus spread is greater. We will continue to see how things go; and if the trends stop going in that upward direction, we may be able to resume shortly. I’m hopeful, but after a holiday I’m also realistic that things will likely continue to flare up as they do every year with flu season and holidays. Below I have included a graph for Jefferson County which indicates the significance of confirmed cases each day. It is very likely that for every confirmed case there may be as many as ten that are unconfirmed according to some evidence.
I thought it worth sending this again: Symptoms of Coronavirus from the CDC. Many links with good information and a symptom checker.
What to do during this time has unfortunately become a national pasttime to argue over. I would like to thank everyone at GCBC for the grace that they have shown. I think everyone realizes we are trying to do the best that we can under odd circumstances and that there are no perfect answers. Like everyone else, I have some personal opinions about these matters, but I try to make sure they stay out of public discussions and not let them go beyond being my personal opinions. So, again I want to thank you for your patience. (I unfortunately know of churches where this has become a point of contention--like that’s helpful and needed at this time.) As with any untraveled path, I am certain that when this is over, we will have the benefit of hindsight and reflect on some alternative decisions that could’ve been made. In the meantime, we just do the best we can.
Don’t forget to join us for our 7:00 P.M. Wednesday study in time to get together and talk a while.
We also invite everyone to join us on Sunday at 7:00 P.M. for an evening get together on Zoom.
Soli Deo Gloria