A video message from Howard Germany about resuming in-person worship on Sunday, March 14, 2021.
Richmond Baptist Centers: Toilet Paper for Church Hill Wellness Center
As we eagerly claim the promise of spring, please remember to reach out to your “COVID Bubble” friends and family with safe measures of love and attention. You can still minister in the name of Christ to others using technology (mail, text, phone call, social media, email, etc.) and by contributing to our CABC missions partners and other benevolent organiza- tions. Missions partners included in our regular church budget offering include the Richmond Baptist Centers and Camp Alkulana via the River City Faith Network of the RBA, Baptist General Association of VA (BGAV) and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Contributions designated for the Benevolent Fund (collected on the 1st Sunday during in-person worship) support Eastern Henrico FISH. There are special seasonal offerings designated for other Baptist mission work, such as:
March/Easter Missions Emphasis and Offering
CBF Global Missions National Goal: $3,000,000
Do not neglect to send hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some of have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
SBC Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions
Theme – The Mission Moves Forward a daunting challenge:
366 million people in North America 350 languages
275 million without the hope of the gospel
“Therefore, my dear brothers & sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:58
I do not know why your February Newsletter was so late in arriving. It was delivered to the Post Office on January 28. It is my hope that this one arrives in a timely manner.
I expect all of us are ready to turn the calendar to March and say goodbye to February and the winter weather. While it was bad in the Metro Richmond area, it was far worse south of us and of course in Texas. We have a lot to be grateful for.
If you read the article last month about resuming in person worship, you know that one of the metrics we are watching is the number of regular attenders who receive both doses of the vaccine. Please call me or text me on my cell phone or email me to let me know when and who in your family has received both doses of the vaccine. Positivity rates are declining and hopefully sometime this month we will be able to resume in person worship.
Remember that Sunday, March 14 we return to Daylight Savings Time. Spring Forward!
Contribution Statements for 2020 were emailed to those we have email for. If you did not receive yours, please email Sandra at [email protected] All others were sent by usps.
The Church Council has set the metrics that are needed to resume In Person Worship.
When 80% of our regular attenders have received both vaccines, that is 40 people, we will resume in person worship. It will be important for you to call the pastor on his cell phone and let him know when you have received both vaccines.
Because the great majority of our regular attenders live in the city of Richmond, and the counties of Henrico and Hanover we will pay attention to the positivity rates of those being tested in those three locales.
If the percentage of positivity for those being tested in these three locales meets the following percent- ages before we get to 80% vaccines, then we will use the following as the basis for resuming in person worship. In order to being In Person Worship Outdoors we need to see a positivity rate of at least 7%. To begin In Person Worship Indoors we need to see a positivity rate of 5%.
The reason for suspending In Person Worship is to keep our congregation safe. This was a decision made by our church leadership not by anyone else. There are churches that are meeting and there are churches that have chosen to suspend In Person Worship. Each church must make the decision they feel is best for their congregation. Because of the age of most of our attendees, our leadership felt this was and is the right decision for us. Hopefully the metrics will be where we can safely return to In Person Worship in the near future.
Current metrics can be found at: www.vdh.virginia.gov