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Special Announcement 7/1/20: CrossWay and the Recent Mandate from Jackson County

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Good afternoon CrossWay,

Needless to say, we are living in a very difficult season. 2020 has been quite a year to say the least. Many of the common aspects of our way of life have been disrupted as we’ve witnessed the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Seemingly by the day, we are faced with differing opinions about the effect of Covid-19, as well as a series of mandates from our local and national government. Since May we have seen phases of our county’s reopening plan come to light. This week Jackson County announced a revised plan for Phase 2.5 of the re-opening plan. Many things remain the same, but the major news is the requirement to wear a mask in public indoor spaces where social distancing cannot be guaranteed for at least the next two weeks.

The conversation surrounding the use of masks has already proven contentious in our culture and, at least for our area, this is the first time they’ve been mandated­—so we can be sure this will prove challenging.

I realize that within our church we have different perspectives as to the best way forward concerning this pandemic. I’m sure you can agree that this a complex situation with many different factors at play. Much grace is required for everyone as we navigate these issues.

With a desire to be a good witness to our local community, a heart to protect those vulnerable among us, and a desire to live obediently to God by submitting to our civil authorities (see Romans 13) CrossWay Bible Church will begin requiring masks upon entry to our Sunday Morning Worship gatherings in compliance with our county mandate.

I realize for some of you this news comes as a relief as you feel safer entering our facility. For others this news is frustrating (maybe even infuriating). I completely understand. Regardless of where we fall, let’s give grace to each other during this difficult season.

As we’ve learned repeatedly through the book of Acts this year, God never wastes opportunities in our lives to form us into His image and deepen our unity as a church. How might God be doing that in your life through this challenging year?   

If you have questions, feel free to contact me personally by replying to this email.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Sam

 

Jackson County Recovery Phase 2.5