June 16, 2020
We pray that you are well, trusting in the grace and peace of Christ.
We last met as an in-person congregation on March 15, 2020, and then COVID-19 hit. In an instant, our world and regular meeting practices as a church were altered drastically. But over the last few months, the Lord has provided the means necessary for us to continue with a virtual Sunday Worship Service, weekly Bible Studies, and fellowships. Pastor Tony early on mentioned he kept hearing from the Lord to keep the lights on. God by his grace has allowed us to do so, and you have responded graciously by tuning in regularly to the Livestream, expressing your encouragement, and continuing to give financially. We thank God for the partnership and gospel community that is East Point Church. You have persevered with joy in the midst of unusual circumstances.
As restrictions have loosened, we as an elder team have been meeting, praying, and working on a plan for returning to in-person gatherings. This is not an easy conversation nor decision. Information is constantly changing. So even as we communicate this plan to you, we ask that you remain flexible and patient as we continue to monitor developments that may require us to change course.
Targeted Re-Opening Date: July 12, 2020
Current social distancing guidelines for a safe reopening mandate that people maintain 6 ft. distance from each other at all times with those outside their immediate family. This is especially important when gathering within the confines of a building. In order to abide by those guidelines, we will have to limit the number of people within the building at one time. After careful consideration of the various options, we have chosen to divide the congregation into two groups and alternate those groups between Sundays. For example, group A attends on the 12th, group B attends on 7/19, group A on 7/26, group B on 8/2, etc. Please note that these groups will be sent out early next week. If you have yet to respond to the email about your attendance when we open, please do so immediately. We want to try our best to account for everyone who desires to attend.
We understand that this is not a perfect solution. Unfortunately, there is no perfect solution, however, we feel this works best for us in this season and we hope to faithfully carry out this plan so that we can gather and still seek the safety of our brothers and sisters.
The solution requires that we continue with the Livestream, so please note that there are no plans to discontinue that service. If you are still not comfortable with attending, please feel no pressure, it is ok, we understand and encourage you to join us online.
We are opening with a desire to adhere to the social guidelines issued by the state and to use and abundance of caution to make sure you and those most vulnerable amongst us are safe. Sadly, we are unable to guarantee no one will get sick, but we don't want to take unnecessary risks.
While at the building we ask that you follow the safety procedures below:
- If you have a pre-existing condition, we are asking you to please stay home.
- Stay home if you are sick, have a high fever, or you've been instructed to quarantine.
- Children must stay with their parents and we ask that they limit their interaction with friends.
- We will have ushers that will direct you to designated seating areas to ensure we are maintaining an appropriate physical distance.
- We are an affectionate church and love to greet one another with hugs and handshakes, but we are asking that you refrain from doing so at this time.
- Frequently wash your hands or utilize sanitizer.
- We are asking that you wear a mask. We will have some available at the welcome desk should you need one.
- At the conclusion of service, we ask that you leave the building expeditiously.
- We have beefed up our sanitation efforts and will be utilizing hi-grade cleaning wipes to wipe down pews and other surfaces after each gathering. We will also have automatic sanitizer dispensers located throughout the church.
- The Nursery will continue to remain closed, however, the crying room will be available.
- Communion is still suspended until further notice.
- We will not pass around the offering bags but encourage you to give online or drop your offering in the box located at the back of the sanctuary.
- Bathrooms should be utilized one at a time.
- There will be no refreshments served after service.
- Sunday School and Wednesday night Bible Study will continue to take place through online platforms.
- We plan to hire a professional cleaning service to sanitize the building before re-opening.
- We will have thermometers available and reserve the right to take the temperatures of those entering the building.
Family, none of this is ideal. Some of you may think this is too far, and some may think it is not far enough. Please let us serve each other during this time, and consider other's needs above our own. This is not a time to argue amongst ourselves, or disagree uncharitably. We are united in Christ, Holy Spirit knits our hearts together and our Father desires that we demonstrate love toward one another.
May 7, 2020
We hope you are safe and continuing to trust in the Lord!
As the country and state of GA have begun to loosen shelter in place restrictions over the last week, you may be wondering what that means for us as a church. While we remain hopeful and optimistic about these developments, we have made the decision to keep the building closed and continue our live stream services and zoom studies at this time. Please note that we are working on a timeline regarding when we might resume in-person gatherings and will send out clear details for those gatherings when the time comes.
In the meantime, please continue to join us on-line and remain prayerful for those afflicted. Please also pray that God will be merciful in opening up a door and grant wisdom regarding resuming in-person gatherings.
Again, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or needs you may have. We would love to help!
March 19, 2020
Dear EPC family,
As we continue to navigate through these uncertain times, we do so with hope and trust in the sovereign God who does as he pleases (Psalm 115:3). Our present circumstances have not caught him off guard, nor is he rubbing his head trying to figure out what to do. God is in control. He is active. He is good; therefore, we can be those who combat fear with faith (Mark 5:36). Faith in the God who works all things according to the counsel of his will (Ephesians 1:11).
We as elders have been praying and wrestling through the most recent recommendations given at the National level, but more importantly the Local level. In light of the recommendations, we think it prudent to live-stream our Sunday corporate worship services until further notice. This is not an easy decision given the mandate the Bible gives for us to meet together and the encouragement that comes from the gathered congregation (Hebrews 10:25). However, we want to use the technological means available to us in an effort to provide weekly encouragements to you and your family as we walk through this season. May God's word continue to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105).
As we navigate the upcoming weeks, please keep the following in mind:
Sunday services at East Point Church will be live-streamed for the near future. Join us online as Pastor Carter begins a new series of messages on Psalms for the Season at 10:30 on Sunday morning. The live stream can be accessed HERE.
The elders and deacons will be working to keep in touch with the families of East Point Church. If you are in need of anything, please do not hesitate to reach out to the church. We are here to help and encourage one another in what can be discouraging times.
Make sure you are checking your emails. Communication and encouragement will be frequent and important these days.
If you have the opportunity, we encourage you to stay in touch with one another. Get together when you can. Send messages, make phone calls, and keep in touch with your brothers and sisters. Nothing is more important than reassuring each other that we are not alone.