Dear Montwood family,
The shepherds have decided to begin meeting in person at our building on Sunday, June 28th, for those who are comfortable doing so.
We have taken numerous precautions to assist us in staying safe during our meeting, including marking off the auditorium so that we can sit at a distance, purchasing individual Lord’s Supper servings to be opened by each individual and placing a box for offerings so that trays will not be passed, acquiring masks and hand sanitizer for those who wish to use them, and scouring our building from top to bottom. We will also be asking people to let us know by contacting the church office if you plan to attend so that we can make sure we have adequate space and supplies.
While we have done everything that we know of to keep everyone safe, we recognize that those who fall into the high risk category for the virus, such as our senior saints and those with pre-existing health conditions, as well as anyone who just isn’t comfortable returning just yet, should remain home for the time being and participate by watching the live stream of our service.
Our judgment is that having an in-person meeting for those who wish to attend is as safe as we can possibly make it under the circumstances, but we want for each individual and family to make their own decision about whether or not to return at this time. Since we will continue to offer remote access to our service and because there are no guarantees with how the virus can spread, we do not want for anyone to feel obligated or pressured to join us in person.
For this time being, we will only offer on-line Sunday School at 9:30 before our worship begins at 10:30. Plans for when in-person Sunday School and other meetings will commence are going to be announced at the appropriate time.
These past three months since we have not met at our building have been challenging for us all in many ways, but we know that God is faithful and that he has not wavered in his mercy and grace for each of his children. All of us have done what we can to stay in touch and encourage one another and we appreciate how our flock has expressed love in various ways during the pandemic.
In preparation for returning to Sunday morning service at the building on June 28, play the video below which shows what you can expect. Be assured that if you feel at any way uncomfortable meeting in person, services will still be available online. We look forward to safely gathering soon!
The monthly Food Pantry Distribution has been cancelled for Saturday, July 18, 2020. With that being said, if you need food, call the church to setup an appointment. A limited amount of food will be available every Tuesday in the month of June by appointment only. We will be accepting no more than 10 appointments each Tuesday.
The annual Family Bible Camp (FBC) that was scheduled for the month of July 2020 has been cancelled.
We look forward to seeing how God will continue to bless us in the days ahead as we continue to serve him together.
Jim, Lonnie, Demetrius