by: Pastor Brooks
Dear Liberty Tabernacle Family,
After much prayer and counsel, I am pleased to announce we will be resuming our Sunday school hour and bus ministry on 26 July. (We will not be resuming meals in between Sunday school and our second Sunday morning service at this time.)
We are not oblivious of the current surge in COVID-19 cases in portions of our nation, and while our county remains in the substantial category of community spread, our local numbers have leveled off over the last couple of months. As a result, coronavirus city ordinances were lifted last month, and most businesses and places of recreation have essentially returned to normal. In addition, Rapid City’s transit system is set to resume their normal weekday operations beginning Monday, public school are set to open as normal next month, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is a go as well. Therefore, I see no reason to postpone any further.
We cannot remain idle in these areas so long as we are reasonably able to proceed safely, and we must be willing to adjust to this new normal or we may not be able to minister effectively to these beloved children for the foreseeable future. We recognize there may be an uneasiness for some in bringing in children who are predominately asymptomatic, so we will now be making masks available to any who desire one. We would rather you wear a mask than not attend at all. (There will also be some logistical adjustments which I will address at church and to our teachers, but don’t feel the need to detail in this forum.)
This move is not to suggest that we feel COVID-19 is no longer a serious threat. Those at a higher risk of suffering severe complications if infected (our elderly and those with underlying health conditions) should continue to pray about their physical attendance and do as the Lord leads. We are trusting each family to do what is right for them. Please do not feel pressured in either direction.
As a reminder, if you have come in contact with any who have tested positive for COVID-19 or any who have shown signs of being infected (especially fever, cough, or shortness of breath), then you should self-quarantine for 14 days to wait and see if you develop any symptoms. If you develop any symptoms you should be tested immediately. And as always, if you are sick with any airborne infectious disease, then please stay home until you are no longer contagious.
If you are unable to attend, then we would like to encourage you to continue tuning in to our livestream services posted on our Facebook site (you do not need a Facebook account to do so). I would also like to encourage you to remain faithful in your giving. You can mail a check to the church, set up a time to meet someone at the church to drop off, or you can give securely online through our website.
It has been a difficult year, but you have risen to each challenge. May we “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Php. 3:14). “Let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1&2). “Behold, we count them happy which endure” (Jas. 5:11). Let us “hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end" (Heb. 3:6).
Let’s continue to “Believe to See” the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Believing to See,