Updated Covid-19 Information 

November 29, 2020

We will be having in person gatherings on both of our campuses for Sunday, November 29. Join us at Tates Creek at 9:30am or 11:00am or Armstrong Mill at 10:00am. If you feel uncomfortable, have any symptoms of COVID, are in a vulnerable population, or your health is compromised, we encourage you to stay home and join us online or on WLEX 18 at 11:00am on Sunday. Details of service times are below. 
 
       Blessings!
       IBC Leadership Team

Safety Procedures:
- In order to provide more room for greater social distancing, we will be decreasing our capacity in each service from 50% to 30%.
- We will be asking anyone who attends our in person gatherings to wear a mask during their entire time on our campus.
- We will be pausing all preschool, elementary, middle school, and high school programming until further notice.
- We will be postponing our in person small group gatherings on and off campus and moving to Zoom-only small group meetings until further notice.
- We will continue to deep clean according to local health officials and CDC guidelines throughout the day and before and after each in person worship gathering.
- We will be asking those who feel uncomfortable, are in the most vulnerable population, and anyone whose health is compromised, to please stay home and join us for   online or television worship experiences. Again, we love you and we understand.
- We will analyze everything on a weekly basis and evaluate on a weekly basis how we will proceed for the following Sunday.


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       Immanuel Family,

I think everyone would agree that 2020 has been an unbelievable year on many fronts. We have experienced many challenges, missing out on special occasions with family, economic hardships, personal loss, and deep apprehension about the future. With the holidays upon us, depression, suicides, loneliness, and other destructive elements are on the rise as typical, but only heightened this year. With that said, should you need anything, please let us know. If you’re out of work and a member of our church and need financial help, please let us know . If you are lonely or depressed, please let us know so we can reach out! We will get through this! 
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Through all of this and more, the one thing I know for sure is that God is still in control and is still working. We can celebrate the fact that we continue to see people impacted by the gospel in the midst of all that is going on! Last Sunday, we were reminded from our study of Habakkuk that the “righteous shall live by faith”. Regardless of the chaos that is in the world around us, we stand firm in our faith in Christ and the Word of God.

Our faith is what sustains us. Our faith is our true north for a lost and weary soul. With that said, after much prayer, counsel, and consultation, we will continue in person worship gatherings on all of our campuses. Moving forward, we will take things on a week to week basis as we continue to monitor this pandemic.

While we continue to have in-person worship gatherings this Sunday, we are taking further steps in providing even more safeguards to our weekend experience that go above and beyond the CDC guidelines. We will continue to work very hard and sanitize our worship center to do our part! We also encourage anyone that is not feeling safe to please worship online or on WLEX-18. We will strive to do both well for the glory of God.

Finally, I’d like to ask our entire church body to continue to pray for our governor and those in leadership positions within our state and city. There are many questions surrounding this virus, which makes leadership all the more difficult. Let’s pray for wisdom and strength for all of those making decisions. Also, let’s remember those around us who are in need emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally. Whether gathering in person or online, let’s seek to serve others, continue to grow in our faith, and continue to hope in James 1:2-4. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” ‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Blessings,

Pastor Ray and The IMMANUEL Team

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Gather with us in person at 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m at Tates Creek
or at 10:00 a.m. at Armstrong Mill

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