Lakeview Bible Church is open and we are here for the worship and glory of Jesus Christ.
The following recommendations for Covid-19 are from the CDC website. The CDC and other government entities do not have the authority to regulate the worship of Christ's bride directly. We gladly receive the most up to date medical information regarding Covid-19 and will regulate the worship of our church according to the dictates of our local deacons and pastor in accordance with the scriptural mandate from Christ to have in person worship for His glory. We leave it up to each individual to evaluate their own risk and make the best decisions for themselves at any given moment. We respect each individual and their own decisions and will not be implementing blanket procedures for the entire church. We do not mandate mask wearing. We also advocate for the liberty of the conscience in decisions regarding Covid vaccination and encourage everyone to evaluate the safety of the vaccines as much as possible before making a decision. For further information on issues of liberty of conscience see the following helpful discussion from Founders Ministries. founders.org/2021/08/13/vaccine-mandates-and-the-christians-liberty-of-conscience-from-2021-to-1721-and-back-again/
That being said, here are a few recommendations and procedures for Lakeview Bible Church. We include the information given by the CDC for Covid 19 for your review and assessment. It is the responsibility of every individual to do due diligence and assess the credibility and truthfulness of health mandates made in light of Covid-19. May the Lord grant you wisdom and discernment.
We are urging those within the highest risk categories for Covid-19 infection to safeguard themselves as much as possible. For those in high risk categories, the CDC is recommending that you take special precautions to avoid exposure to Covid-19.
Who is at risk? The following information under the heading “Who is at Higher Risk” is from the CDC website. Who is at Higher Risk?
Early information out of China, where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This includes:
People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
If a COVID-19 outbreak happens in your community, it could last for a long time. (An outbreak is when a large number of people suddenly get sick.) Depending on how severe the outbreak is, public health officials may recommend community actions to reduce people’s risk of being exposed to COVID-19. These actions can slow the spread and reduce the impact of disease. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or because you have a serious long-term health problem, it is extra important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease.
Pay attention for potential COVID-19 symptoms including, fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you feel like you are developing symptoms, call your doctor.
If you develop emergency warning signs for COVID-19 get medical attention immediately. In adults, emergency warning signs*:
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
If COVID-19 is spreading in your community, take extra measures to put distance between yourself and other people to further reduce your risk of being exposed to this new virus.
Stay home as much as possible.
Consider ways of getting food brought to your house through family, social, or commercial networks
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Take everyday preventive actions
Clean your hands often
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places – elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something.
Wash your hands after touching surfaces in public places.
Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (for example: tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks & cell phones)
Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated spaces. Your risk of exposure to respiratory viruses like COVID-19 may increase in crowded, closed-in settings with little air circulation if there are people in the crowd who are sick.
Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips, and especially avoid embarking on cruise ships.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. More information on Are you at higher risk for serious illness.
Obesity is also a significant factor in mortality due to Covid-19.
Know how it spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
Do NOT use a facemask meant for a healthcare worker.
Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Cover coughs and sneezes
If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
Worship at Lakeview We will hold services at Lakeview Bible Church.
If you are at risk or do not feel safe please stay home for a period of time in light of Covid-19.
Additionally, we ask anyone who is currently sick or showing signs of illness to not worship. This was prudent before Covid-19 arrived on the world scene.
God Is Sovereign God has decreed to establish means to accomplish His ends and we have a responsibility to take reasonable precautions given the best information we have in this situation. We take steps to be wise while seeking to worship and serve our Lord Jesus Christ above all else. We believe that the initial lockdown out of concern for the severity of Covid-19 was wise. That beings said, we have learned exactly who is at threat and where precautions need to be made in certain age categories and health comorbidity. Therefore, we meet together in service to our King out of love and obedience to Him. We do this while trusting God in this circumstance. The world is under the curse of sin and there are many dangers, viruses and diseases that pose a threat to our health every day. There will never be a time when there is zero risk from virus in any circumstance. Disciples of Christ have always been in danger, trials, and bodily harm yet they always had a profound trust in His care and sovereignty. We praise God for health advances along the way that have allowed us to continue the work of the gospel but we ultimate know that our eternal destiny is entirely secure due to the work of Christ on our behalf and step out and serve in light of this truth. God is using all things to conform us to the image of Christ (Romans 8:28-30). In the act of trusting in Gods sovereign will, we also obey His sovereign will by taking all reasonable precautions to protect our families, our neighbor and our brothers and sisters in Christ. God is in absolute control of all things. As R.C Sproul used to say "there is not a maverick molecule in the entire universe."
Pray Fervently Continue to pray for our nation, communities and world.
Please pray fervently for our own season of opportunity to be a help and to share the hope of Christ with the lost and those affected by societies response to this virus.
Pray for repentance from many as they think on their own mortality more and their need to be saved from sin through Christ alone.
Please pray for opportunities to possibly supply people with much needed relief items in the next few months.
Pray for governors and leaders who have not relinquished their stranglehold over their populace as new methods and information has become available to them. Good leadership recognizes when initial decisions made have led off the tracks and a new course must be charted. Pray for courage and wisdom for these people. Pray for repentance for those who continue to resist Gods rule over their lives.
We should be on our knees before the throne of grace in fervent prayer in these days for repentance from the bride of Christ and that many would be saved in these final hours.
With Love in Christ, Pastor Roger
Psalm 4: Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! Thou hast relieved me in my distress; be gracious to me and hear my prayer. But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; the Lord hears when I call to Him. Tremble, and do not sin; meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the Lord. Many are saying, 'Who will show us any good?' Lift up the light of Thy countenance upon us, O Lord! Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for Thou alone, O Lord, dost make me to dwell in safety (vv. 1, 3-8).