Goshen county ORDERS

5-07-2020



NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT residents of Goshen County shall comply with Statewide Order #2 (Third Continuation, and Modification, of Statewide Public Health Order #2: Forbidding Gatherings of Ten (10) People or More) with the following exceptions:

1. Religious organizations may allow gatherings subject to the following provisions to be enforced by religious organization leaders:

a. A 6-foot distance must be maintained between individual household groups at all times; and

b. The number of people in a confined area at any time must be limited to allow for adequate distancing between households; and

c. Close contact between members of different households is prohibited before, during, and after the meeting or service; and

d. Reading materials, collection plates, and communion trays must be appropriately sanitized and passed out to individual attendees by staff rather than passed between attendees; and

e. Religious organization leaders and staff shall be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to a person with confirmed COVID-19 during the previous 14 days. Staff with symptoms of illness or known exposure to a person with COViD-19 infection within the previous 14 days shall not participate in the service or meeting; and

f. Buildings shall be cleaned thoroughly including all high touch areas before and after each service or meeting, done according to CDC guidelines for cleaning; and

g. Communion shall be served in individual containers. If containers are not available for the communion item, assigned individuals may place the item into an attendees hands only after appropriate hand washinghasbeen completed and while wearing gloves and a mask;and

  1. There shall be no exchange of food or drink; and

  2. Staff who must come within 6 feet of attendees shall wear a face covering;

and

j. In addition to the provisions above, religious organizations are encouraged to implement the following measures to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

i. Organizations should offer the ability to watch or listen to the meeting or service from home, if the organization has that ability; and


ii. Hand sanitizer should be provided at the door for people to use upon entrance and exit from the building; and

iii. Individuals participating in the meeting or service should be informed on maintaining proper h d hygiene, avoiding touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth, and covering coughs and sneezes;and

iv. Individualsparticipatinginthemeetingorserviceshouldbeinformed to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have had known close contact with an individual with COVID-19 within the last 14 days; and

v. Individuals should be encouraged to wear a face covering throughout the service. Religious organization l der(s) speaking to the group do not need to wear a face covering while addressing the individuals present" but must maintain a 6 foot distance from others; and

vi. High risk individuals and those who live or work with high-risk individuals should be encouraged to stay home. High risk individuals are those aged 65 and older, are immunocompromised, or have other health factors as identified by the CDC that increase risk of becoming seriously ill if exposed to COVID-19.




Dear Church Family,                                                                                                                                                  3-17-2020

 

I wanted to update you as we continue to navigate the uncharted waters of the global health crisis. Over the past several days, many events, schools, colleges, and travel have either been postponed or cancelled.  As a church we too are committed to doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.  At the same time, we remain committed to God’s calling to Love Him and Love people.  With the use of technology, we will continue to “meet” as a congregation. It will just look different for a little while.  


If you joined us last Sunday in some way – you know we just started a new Sermon and small group series called Son of God.  It’s a series that we are very excited about and I believe it will continue to transform our lives as we engage with what God teaches us and in our interactions with each other.  Seeing that it will be difficult for us to engage fully in the series – and not knowing how long we should not meet in large groups – we are going to put the series on hold.  And that includes our Resurrection Sunday events.  Once it’s safe to meet in large groups again – we will start the series back up – and on whatever Sunday the Easter message falls on – We will celebrate Easter – including Sunrise service and Maundy Thursday.  I mean – the date moves around year to year anyway – we just won’t be following the lunar calendar this year.  In the meantime, on Sunday mornings until further notice – join us live on Facebook.  If you haven’t followed North Hills Baptist Church on Facebook yet please do.  If you need help getting connected please let us know.  Sunday morning at 10 Pastor Caleb will lead us in our worship and I will bring a message from the Word.  This Sunday we will be tackling what the Bible says about anxiety.   I hope you will join us.  If for some reason you are unable to join us on FB live you can watch it later on Facebook or you can go to northhillsbaptist.net and click the media tab at the top.  The service video will be uploaded in a couple of hours following the service.  I would also encourage you to continue tithing – that’s a part of our worship and not quite as easy.  We don’t have an online option for this because those services take a percentage of the gift.  So maybe just drop it in the mail to the church.  Again, let’s work hard at keeping up what routine we can in this unusual time we are in.    


We will communicate to you when AWANA and Youth group will start to meet publicly again.  Awana kids can of course continue to work on their books and memorize their verses and Pastor Caleb and Pastor Michael will be recording their teaching times for our children and youth each week.  They will be messaging you with a link to their weekly teaching and we will also post it on FB.  Parents – I think a great idea would be to keep the routine.  Watch the KidZone video before church starts on Sunday morning.  Talk to your kids about the lesson.  Pray with them.  And then join us at 10 for church.  And feel free to comment and encourage one another as you are watching.  Use the time to slow your household down a bit on Sunday mornings.  Be more intentional about teaching your kids yourselves and learning along with them. 

If you are in a weekly small group Bible study – it is up to you to make the decision whether to continue meeting.  Talk with your leader and decide.  At the very least message one another often and check in on one another.  Increase your prayer life for each other.  We also have volunteers who are willing to run errands and grab groceries for people who shouldn’t leave their homes.  Message me or call the church office – we will get what you need and drop it off at your doorstep.  Let’s be sure we continue to look out for each other and our neighbors through this time. 


Finally, as we heard last Sunday… let’s keep our eyes on Jesus – not the storm.  He is as firmly on the throne as He ever has been.  We aren’t making these decisions and changes out of fear – but out of the desire to protect and love each other through a difficult time.  I am proud of our church family and how you love Jesus, care for one another, and look out for others.  Keep it up and Know that your leaders are praying for you.  

 

In Christ,


Pastor David

 

 





DEAR CHURCH FAMILY,                                                                                                                                                                              3-13-2020

I WANTED TO UPDATE YOU AS TO WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE AT NORTH HILLS REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS.  PLEASE KNOW THAT THE ELDERS AND LEADERS OF THE VARIOUS MINISTRIES ARE PRAYING AND TRUSTING THE LORD FOR WISDOM AS WE NAVIGATE THE CURRENT JOURNEY OUR NATION IS TRAVELING REGARDING THE VIRUS.   


FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE THE GREATEST TRUST AND FAITH AND HOPE IN OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.  WE ARE NOT AFRAID, AND WE CONTINUE TO TRUST HIM TO WATCH OVER US AND GUIDE US AS WE DO EVERY DAY.  BUT HAVING FAITH IN OUR SAVIOR DOES NOT MEAN THAT WE DON’T TAKE PRECAUTIONS AND MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON THE EVOLVING CIRCUMSTANCES THAT SURROUND THE VIRUS.  EVEN THE ISRAELITES AS THEY REBUILT THE WALL OF JERUSALEM WERE COMMANDED BY GOD TO KEEP A SWORD IN ONE HAND BECAUSE OF THE KNOWN THREAT OF THEIR ENEMIES.   


SECOND, AS OF TODAY THERE IS ONLY ONE CONFIRMED CASE OF THE VIRUS IN OUR STATE, AND THAT IS IN SHERIDAN COUNTY.  BUT EVEN AS RURAL AS WE ARE MANY IN OUR OWN COMMUNITY SPENT SEVERAL DAYS IN CASPER A WEEK AGO AND COULD HAVE BEEN UNKNOWINGLY EXPOSED AND EVEN INFECTIOUS.  DOES THIS MEAN WE SHOULD BE AFRAID?  AGAIN, NO – BUT WE SHOULD TAKE PREVENTATIVE ACTIONS TO MINIMIZE THE POTENTIAL SPREAD.  ACTIONS THAT WILL SLOW THE RATE OF INFECTION DOWN.   GOVERNOR GORDON IS RECOMMENDING THAT GATHERINGS WITH MORE THAN 250 PEOPLE SHOULDN’T BE HELD WHICH IS WHY SO MANY EVENTS IN OUR STATE HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.  NOT BECAUSE OF FEAR BUT AS AN ATTEMPT TO MITIGATE THE SPREAD OF THIS HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS VIRUS.  “THE MOST VULNERABLE CITIZEN IN OUR STATE DESERVES OUR COMMITMENT, AS WELL AS OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS, BY ENACTING MITIGATION MEASURES TO DECREASE THE SPREAD OF THE DISEASE, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY NOT OVERWHELM OUR HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, SHOULD THE NEED FOR HIGH LEVEL CARE BE REQUIRED,” GORDON SAID.   


THIRD, OUR CLEANING STAFF ALREADY DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB AT WIPING DOWN SURFACES AND WELL TRAFFICKED AREAS BUT ARE TAKING EXTRA CARE TO MAKE SURE THEY GET ALL FREQUENTLY TOUCHED SURFACES (DOOR KNOBS, HANDLES, COUNTER TOPS, HANDRAILS) DISINFECTED.   


 FOURTH, WE HAVE NO PLANS, AT THE MOMENT, TO CANCEL ANY OF OUR WEEKLY YOUTH PROGRAMS AND SUNDAY MORNING EVENTS, THOUGH THIS COULD CHANGE AS THE DAYS AND WEEKS GO FORWARD, DEPENDING ON HOW SUCCESSFUL THE MITIGATION PLANS CURRENTLY IN EFFECT ARE.  WE WILL COMMUNICATE WITH YOU THROUGH OUR PHONE AND MESSAGING SYSTEM AS WELL AS ON OUR WEBSITE IF ANYTHING CHANGES.  IF YOU AREN’T FEELING WELL, SUSPECT YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED, OR ARE IN ONE OF THE GROUPS THAT ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE (ELDERLY, CURRENTLY HAVE UNDERLYING HEALTH ISSUES, ETC) PLEASE STAY HOME.  AND, IF YOU NEED ANYTHING (GROCERIES, YOUR TRASH TAKEN OUT, ETC.) – PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OR ONE OF THE PASTORS AND WE WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU.  IF THE INFECTION RATE DOES INCREASE TO THE POINT WHERE IT WOULD NOT BE WISE FOR US TO GATHER ON A SUNDAY MORNING, WE WILL CONTINUE TO “MEET” ONLINE USING OUR BLIZZARD PLAN.  WE WILL STREAM THE MUSIC AND MESSAGE AND ANNOUNCEMENTS LIVE ON FACEBOOK (WITH ONLY THOSE WE NEED HERE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT) AS WE DO EVERY OTHER SUNDAY MORNING AND YOU CAN JOIN US THERE.  THE VIDEO WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE (NORTHHILLSBAPTIST.NET) BY SUNDAY EVENING. 

  

FINALLY, AS WE GATHER ON SUNDAY MORNINGS PLEASE BE SURE YOU ARE WASHING YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY, NOT TOUCHING YOUR FACE, BE COURTEOUS WHEN YOU SNEEZE, AND MAKE USE OF THE HAND SANITIZER WE ARE PROVIDING.   WE WILL NOT PASS THE OFFERING PLATES DURING THE SERVICE BUT WILL PUT OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS IN PLATES AS WE LEAVE THE WORSHIP CENTER AND I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO GREET ONE ANOTHER WITH A SMILE AND HELLO INSTEAD OF A HANDSHAKE FOR NOW.  AND AGAIN, IF YOU ARE IN THE MOST VULNERABLE CATEGORY PLEASE JOIN US ONLINE AT HOME AS SOME OF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING.   


 IN CHRIST – YOUR PASTOR ,

DAVID ANDERSON