by: King Smith
Due to the Governor’s Proclamation of November 10, 2020, effective immediately, face masks will be required for all activities of 25 or more people. This will primarily affect our Sunday morning and Wednesday evening activities. We encourage you to supply your own, but we do have a limited supply if you need one.
The required use of masks is a highly divisive issue. We have always preferred to allow people their personal choice as to whether to wear a mask or not. That being said, we are still being allowed to gather. That is the primary desire – that we not forsake meeting together. As the Proclamation is through the end of November, for the sake of unity, we can all tolerate masks for this brief period of time. That’s three Sundays and two Wednesdays.
Many of you know that I don’t wear a mask on Sundays and Wednesdays. I do work hard to keep my distance from people, especially those that choose to wear a mask. I respect those who have a different opinion, recognizing that we can still find ways to work together – social distancing being the primary action that allows that to happen. However, I WILL be wearing a mask on these days for the reminder of the month. I’m not interested in debating the effectiveness of masks or the whole Covid-19 issue at this point. (Although I am willing to meet with anyone to discuss the issues calmly and respectfully). I am interested in being able to continue to meet! And, as long as we are able to meet, I can balance the Scriptures that admonish us to both obey the government and to continue meeting together.
This is a relatively short period of time that we are being asked to do this. We can do it! You may be asking, “What happens if this is extended after the 30th?” I would say, let’s wait and see what happens. We have all had to make decisions this year on a week-to-week basis. An old friend of mine used to say, “If you’re going to cry over spilt milk, at least wait until you have spilled it!” Good advice.
We are still the church. Jesus is still King. And unity is more important than our personal desires and opinions. We look forward to worshiping with you as always!