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Covid Update (April 2021)

By April 22, 2021March 11th, 2022No Comments

Genesis Family:

In our March update we shared with you that, while we were keeping our COVID protocol in place, we were optimistic that we would only be needing to do so for a few more months. We were (and still are) monitoring our area, and our optimism continues.

Case counts are about where they were when we re-started services in September, but we also know that April 2021 is different from September 2020 when it comes to those with antibodies, vaccine availability, and the continued measures many people have employed. 

As a church, we haven’t had any service registration for several months and have been able to adjust our space as needed to accommodate. Further, while we don’t know of every case in our church family, we cannot recall a time where Covid was spread because of our gathering on a Sunday morning. For that, we’re grateful. 

We want to communicate the following adjustment: Starting Sunday, May 2nd, mask-wearing will be optional. Our outdoor feed will continue for a few more weeks but will likely stop on or before the end of May. 

Kids ministry classroom leaders will continue to wear masks, and we will continue to provide extra masks for anyone who wants one. We still ask you to be wise in your approach to others at the church. Do not come if you’re feeling ill and recognize that we aren’t claiming COVID is over. If anything, we realize just how frail we are in this life. 

What is never optional, though, is to love those in your church family, show them deference, and consider them better than yourself (Phil 2:3). We still have months to go before we will likely be operating at fuller capacity (specifically in our kids ministry), and we need the kindness, grace, and participation of our church family to continue looking to what is next. 

We understand that, for some, we are not moving fast enough. For others, we are moving too fast. Experiencing COVID has exposed things in all of our hearts that need the Lord’s wisdom and, frankly, our repentance. The gospel we preach and the unity it brings must always be superior to our feelings and approaches to illnesses.

Before heading into the summer, we want to invite you to a night of worship on May 23rd at 5:30pm on the lawn by the sanctuary. The coming months will be important for our congregational unity and our sensitivity to and care for one another. We serve a great God who is able to do—and has done—great things over the past year. He is due our praise. We hope to see you there.

Please pray for yourself and for your church as we take these steps together.

Discipleship Pathway

  • Worship: All of life is worship (Rom 12:1-2). Disciples are worshippers and gather together to worship and remember the Lord. At Genesis, our primary structure for fostering worship is our weekly worship service (which is a celebration of our lives together with Christ).
  • Connect: God has given us one another for caring, the bearing of burdens, fellowship, and living out our life (Acts 2:427-47). Community groups provide regular times to gather with a smaller groups of people from throughout the area for this connection.
  • Grow: God has given us every blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3) and, at the same time, we are exhorted to pursue and grow in our God-given and God-sustained faith (2 Pet 1:3-11). Discipleship groups (D-groups) are made up of 3-5 men or women who meet for a year to pursue the Lord, live accountably, and pray others come to know him.
  • Serve: Disciples are to reflect their Lord’s heart for service. Service teams are a mechanisms for us to use our gifts and serve others. Service teams are not the only way to serve, but do provide opportunities for us to regularly engage in service.
  • Go: Jesus commands his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20). At Genesis, we encourage regular local evangelism and as well as ways to pray and contribute to global missions and gospel advancement.

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