Philemon 1:4-7I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
As the time for us, as a church, to RE-Gather together on June 7th draws closer, I want to take this time to send out a letter and I want this letter to do three things. 1) To inform you of what is to come when we do RE-Gather together, 2) to give instructions on what you can expect when we do RE-Gather together and 3) most importantly, I want this to be a letter of encouragement to everyone.
I do realize that things will be different in the days ahead but please know that your pastor is praying for you and if there is anything that I can do, within my power, to help elevate some of the worry and concerns you may have please don’t hesitate to call me. In times of uncertainty we need each other to get through it and our encouragement to each other is desperately needed in times such as what we are living in right now; so please keep encouraging, praying and contacting each other.
I have had several meetings with the Deacons and other leaders of the church to discuss the plans for our RE-Gathering and we have come up with a plan that I hope you will trust and at the same time feel safe with.
Here is the RE-Gathering plan starting on the 7th of June. Above all please be patient with each other as we endure these times together. This is the new normal.
*** When you arrive at the church facility there will be an outside greeter at the front door as well as the back door who will greet you and open the door for you to prevent anyone from having to touch the door handle.
*** When you come into the church facility there will be another greeter to offer you hand sanitizer, a mask and/or gloves. I am not making masks or gloves mandatory but we have made them available for everyone to have or you can wear your own mask/gloves if you so choose.
*** Also when you enter the church facility a member of our task team will help seat you due to the social distancing rule. Also, at the end of service a member of the Task Team will escort you out as well.
*** Please remember the 6ft. social distancing rule. I know this will be challenging to most of us but for your safety as well as others please no physical contact at this time.
*** The offering plates will be located in the front and back of the sanctuary so that you may be able give your worship gift. No offering plates will be passed during the service.
*** NO usage of the drinking fountains will be permitted at this time.
*** The restrooms will be available. And to help with the sanitation of the restroom we will have disinfecting wipes available to use to wipe off the door handles and/or surface that were touched.
*** For at least the month of June – there will be NO Sunday School, Nursery, Children’s Church, Sunday or Wednesday evening services. We will evaluate everything carefully before we begin to phase in other services, ministries and activities.
*** No usage of the church facility other than AM Worship Service at this time. We will re-evaluate this carefully before we begin to allow activities to resume.
***  VBS for 2020 attentive date will be August 9th -14th.  This date is subject to change pending on the school year. 
*** There will be an overflow room in the fellowship hall that will be equipped with a TV to allow the service to be watch live from our Facebook page.
*** Above all…please be patient and respect each other’s decision on whether or not you will join us on the 7th of June. And please continue to pray for each other during these times of uncertainty.
We will still be doing the AM Worship Service live from our Copeland’s Facebook page for those who choose to stay home. I will still be audio recording the Worship Service and uploading it onto our webpage for those who don’t have Facebook as well as burning it off on a CD for those who don’t have any means to watch or listen to it off the internet.
We will get through this pandemic and I believe we will be stronger because of it but it will take each one of us doing it TOGETHER. May God continue to bless Copeland Baptist Church in the days ahead and I long for the day we all, as a church with no restrictions, can celebrate together because that’s what I plan on doing when this is all over with.
So be ready to celebrate with songs, testimonies, fellowship, prayer and God’s Word followed by a fellowship dinner.
Pastor James