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Sunday Worship Service Re-opening June 14, 2020

Dear Family,

Several months ago we had only heard the term pandemic. We could go to the history books and see the pandemics of history: the Bubonic Plague of the middle ages, the Spanish flu of 1918, Polio, Measles, and most recently Ebola. The term pandemic scares us because it brings pictures into our minds of pain, suffering, and death from a disease for which there is no known cure. The outbreak in late 2019 and early 2020 in Wuhan surprised us. In a short period of time, thousands were sick and dying with no cure or vaccine available. At first, it was not a great worry; it was far away on a different continent and affecting a different nation.

In February it started to get personal. Americans on cruise ships began getting sick. Americans who had gone to China for the Chinese New Year Celebration returned home and became sick. The virulent virus had come to America. The unthinkable happened in the United States. The pandemic came to us. Stay at-home orders ensued, toilet paper shortages occurred, and food shelves were emptied at the grocery store. Panic, anxiety, depression, and aggression have all become commonplace in our community.
Not only have we had the inconvenience of stay-at-home orders, but we have also had people that we know personally, some family members of our congregation have gotten sick and passed away from this disease.

The leadership has good news: We have received the green light from the governing authority to re-open the church building. We will be doing so on June 14, 2020. You or others may not be comfortable coming back to the building right away. We recognize that each person and family will need to make the decision for when they are willing to accept the risk of coming to public worship, taking into consideration their health and risk factors. Leadership wants you to know the following:

1. We will make the environment as safe as we can by implementing social distancing protocols.

a. Halls and aisles will be marked for one way passage to eliminate face-to-face encounters where social distancing cannot be maintained.

b. Auditorium seating will be marked as follows to implement social distancing:

i. Pews will be marked to provide sections of 80 inches for family use. The separation between sections will exceed 6 feet to provide for families that need more than 80 inches of pew space.

ii. We will only use every other pew. They will be taped off and signs placed at the end of each row. iii. Seating will be offset east to west (no one will be less than 6 feet in front or behind you).

2. PPE protocols will be in place.

a. Face coverings will be required.

i. We ask that you please bring your own face mask.

ii. If you do not have your own face mask, disposable face coverings will be available.

iii. If you want to use gloves please bring your own.

b. Hand sanitizing stations will be available in many locations around the building.

c. Staff and volunteers will be using face masks and gloves as we handle communion, songbooks, and pew Bibles.

3. Each staff member and attendee will be given a simple and quick health assessment prior to entry into the building consisting of:

d. Temperature scan by IR contactless thermometer.

e. A few simple health questions will be asked. (Cough, fever, etc.)

f. If you have or have recently had a fever or cough, we would ask that you please stay home until you have been fever and cough free for at least 48 hours.

4. We will be asking everyone who attends to provide their name and phone number. This is a safety precaution. If someone in attendance is later diagnosed with the Covid-19 we would want to communicate about possible exposure to all that were in attendance.

5. Pew Bibles and songbooks will be available on request. They will be sanitized before we hand them out and sanitized after each use.

6. As an additional measure to reduce any possible exposure, we aim to keep the entire service to about one hour.

7. We will make Sunday worship and Wednesday classes available in an online format for those that are not yet comfortable with coming to the building

8. An invitation will still be extended at the end of services for those who may want to be baptized, ask for prayers, wish to be restored, or have other needs.

g. Respondents will be asked to go to the Rumble Road foyer to meet with the Elders and staff. Prayer for respondents will occur as we have in the past.

h. Respondents for baptism will be immersed as we have done in the past, with the baptizer wearing PPE.

i. We will not be greeting the respondents with hugs as we have in the past.

Leadership is excited that we are coming back together. We have missed seeing each of you and longed for this time that we can spend worshiping together. We thank you for your patience as we start worshipping together. Everyone’s safety is important to us. We know that some have differing opinions on different aspects of the pandemic and safety protocols, but our gatherings are to be a place of peace despite differing opinions on this matter.

Remember, Phil 2:4 – Let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others. We are using the best information we have to make decisions for the safety of this flock, but even more, we are driven by our love and concern for each of you. We are anxiously looking forward to being with you on June 14th.

Please arrive between 10:15 – 10:30 am to allow for assessment and social distancing on your way in. Worship will begin at 10:45 am.

~ Leadership, Davis Park Church of Christ

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3/23/2020 We are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm should you need to pick up communion supplies or drop off your contribution.

3/21/2020 If you would like to pick up a two week supply of communion for your family, you may go by the church building between 1:00 – 2:45 today (Saturday).

3/20/2020 Sunday Morning Worship Live Streaming
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Bible Class Live Streaming Tonight, March 18, 2020Tonight at 7 pm we will be live streaming our Wednesday night Bible class at the Davis Park Church of Christ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dpcoc/. If you have prayer requests please contact Buddy Gray and we will pray for you as we begin class.

In our continuing effort to keep you up to date on our response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), please take a moment to read the following updates.

As of today, March 15, 2020, the US Center for Disease Control (US CDC) has issued new guidance recommending that in-person gatherings of 50 or more people be cancelled or postponed. CDC allows events to continue to meet if able to adhere to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing. While Davis Park Church of Christ is able to adhere to this guidance, we plan to proceed in an abundance of caution to protect all members and guests, but especially our most at risk members. Consequently, we will attempt to implement some form of online worship service starting next Sunday, March 22, 2020. Our expectation is that most of our members will join our worship from home, although we may invite a small number of our members (for a total less than 50) to support the virtual service.

Additional guidance from the state includes the following:
•    Smaller gatherings that do not allow social
                the distancing of six feet per person should
be postponed or canceled.
•    Gatherings of individuals who are at higher risk
for severe illness from COVID-19 should be
limited to no more than 10 people.

Starting today, March 15, 2020, we are temporarily implementing the following temporary changes to our regular activities. All of the changes below will be re-evaluated on a biweekly basis until this outbreak has subsided.

•    Sunday services moving to a virtual format.
•    Monthly Travelers Motel Worship service –
meal service only with accompanying
lesson handouts.
•    Monthly Potlucks – cancelled until further
•    Sunday morning Bible classes – cancelled until
further notice.
•    Sunday Junior Worship – cancelled until further
•    Wednesday night class – cancelled until further
•    Thursday Shower Shuttle – will continue as long
as we can safely do so.
•    Family Promise – will evaluate prior to next
event in April.

The elders recognize that there are many small groups and other classes in addition to the above. We would ask that each of these groups and classes work together to determine whether to continue to meet during the outbreak, and if so, whether to change venue to a location allowing the six foot social distancing recommended by the state. Also bear in mind state guidance regarding group size for high risk individuals.

For the duration of the outbreak while we are holding online services, every two weeks you can request a two week supply of all-in-one communion cups for your use at home. Contact the church office to arrange to pick your communion cups. For those of you that give on a regular basis, we do have a PayPal account as an alternative to mailing or dropping off your contribution.
*Note: Using your credit card through PayPal will result in a fee. To avoid the fee, please use your checking account number (not your debit card).

In addition to our online worship service, there are other resources that you can take advantage of during this time:

•    Covid 1900 – daily thought and prayer –
Davis Park Facebook Page –
https://www.facebook.com/dpcoc/ – 7pm daily.
•    “In Search of the Lord’s Way” – available on
Dish Network (ch. 239 at 7am Sundays),
DirectTV (ch. 307, at 7am Sundays), and YouTube
•    “Let the Bible Speak” – YouTube

During this time of anxiety and disruption it is particularly important for us to stay connected via email, texting, USPS mail, and phone calls. If you are not on the church email list, please let us know your email address if you have one. If you do not have an email address, let us know this so we can keep you up to date via mail or phone. Also keep the office informed of situations in the body that we can and want to be praying for.

The most up-to-date information about changes to our services and activities will be available via Facebook for those with Internet access, or by calling the church office.

While the coming weeks will present challenges and difficulties, times of trials also present opportunities. When people are forced to confront their mortality, they also must confront God. Join us in prayer that in this time of trials that the hearts of people the world over will turn to God, and that when our family, friends and neighbors are ready to discuss God that He will give us His words and wisdom to help them on their journey to Him.


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