For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.
2 Timothy 1:7
Immanuel Baptist Church is staying up-to-date with the progress of COVID-19 around the world. Like we do when
hurricanes threaten the panhandle, we are listening to what local and national authorities advise as we determine any necessary response as a church.
As of this Sunday, March 15th, guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other agencies are having minimal impact on our normal operations and ministries.
For the month of March, we will forego our customary "turn and greet someone" moment in our worship services.
We do not want to create a situation where people might shake hands out of habit.
As of this Sunday (March 15th) no changes have been made to our normal Sunday or weekday schedules. However with spring break upon us, we will not have Sunday or Wednesday evening activities (March 15th and 18th).
The IBC pastoral staff is giving the decision to continue with services a great deal of deliberation and prayer, and they are in ongoing conversations with fellow churches, health care professionals, and local officials.
The tithes and offerings will be collected at the end of the service. Our ushers will be stationed at the exits with
collection plates. This action is being taken as an extra precaution.
According to the CDC, washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best
precautions you can take to prevent the spread of the virus. When hand washing is not possible, alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a recommended alternative. The church has provided hand sanitizer stations in every building (look for the yellow signs located above the sanitizer).
As with any normal flu season, follow these "common sense" guidelines for keeping yourself and others healthy:
· Wash your hands regularly
· Cough or sneeze in the bend of your elbow ("cough in the crook")
· Eat healthy and drink lots of fluids
· Do not go to work, school, or church if you are sick WATCH ONLINE
If you or a loved one is feeling ill, know that you can view the service livestream on Sundays at 10am through the link available on the IBC website (www.ibcpace.com).
If you do need to stay home and would like to give online, we've provided easy steps to follow on our Online Giving page at www.ibcpace.com.
Please join with the pastors and our church as we pray for those who are impacted by or confronting the virus —
patients, families, healthcare workers, authorities — and for God's protection over all of us.
If you or a loved one has been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak — illness, job loss, etc. — feel free to request prayer here from our dedicated team of staff members and volunteers.
The CDC is the primary source for information and updates on COVID-19. Here are just a few of the helpful topics
found on their website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html):