by: Pastor Brooks
Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,
As I am sure all are aware by now, COVID-19 (known commonly as the Coronavirus) has arrived in South Dakota. Sadly, one in our county who had become infected with the virus has passed. It is still unknown if this was the cause of death, as he had other preexisting health conditions (as reported by the Rapid City Journal).
Governor Noem has issued a state of emergency for the state of South Dakota and is asking all schools to close statewide next week, and all tournaments have been postponed. Therefore, Liberty Baptist Academy will not hold classes March 16-20th. Stay tuned for further information…
As of now, there has been no governmental requests to cancel other gatherings; therefore, we will continue to conduct all services as scheduled. This includes launching two Sunday morning services beginning March 22nd and hosting our 9th annual Ladies Retreat from March 26-28th. Should government officials suggest we suspend services we will reconsider at that time, but our intent is to keep gathering as long as it is sensible to do so.
With that being said, if you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and seek medical attention as necessary. If you have underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system which make you more susceptible to this virus do not feel guilty if you decide to stay home for the time being.
We understand attendance will be affected over the next few weeks, but we are still responsible for the cost of operating our ministries, supporting world-wide missions, and paying our recurring bills. As a reminder, you can give online if you are unable to attend services. Let’s stay faithful in our giving.
Though we do not currently have the ability to live stream, we are considering posting recordings of our messages to our Facebook page until attendance stabilizes, and we will continue posting all audio sermons to our website and Podcast as normal.
For those who will continue attend, please practice commonsense measures to help combat the spread of viruses. Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoid touching your face as much as possible, and it’s okay if someone doesn’t want to shake hands. Feel free to wear a face mask if that will put your mind at ease. We will continue to clean all surfaces in the church but will clean "high-touch" surfaces with greater frequency.
Please know that we are taking this outbreak seriously, but as God’s people we are to trust Him wholly. In trusting God we will not add to any panic – nothing takes God by surprise. We must be active in prayer, and “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”. Use this opportunity to minister to others and address their need for Christ.
God is in complete control – let’s act like it.