Bethany Members, Family and Friends,
As most of you have heard by now it has been determined that a person who attended our morning worship services on March 15, 2020 has tested positive for COVID-19. The person with the virus only attended the 11 am service. Therefore, the people who attended the 8 am service have no need for concern.
It is to our credit that we were already taking precautionary measures. The building had been properly sanitized. All handles, doorknobs, and handrails had been sanitarily wiped down as well as all touchable surfaces. On the day of the service, we advised all attendants to only touch elbows or not to touch at all. As I recall, no one among the congregants exhibited signs of sneezing or coughing. I feel comfortable that we have taken every precaution to avoid the spreading of the COVID-19 virus. At this time we have discontinued all gatherings on the entire campus until we receive a change in regulations and recommendations from our local, state and health officials. On the day of the aforementioned service the church was operating within state and local capacity regulations.
Please know that as soon as we were made aware of the individual who tested positive for the virus we did not hesitate to give approval for the county workers to release the news.
We have no desire to regulate who is welcomed in the House of GOD. We trust that God will cover and protect us from the pestilence that plaques the world. We extend our support and prayers for our visitor to have a speedy recovery and to know that they entered into a safe and loving environment.
I want to encourage our local, state, and national Officials to turn to God, our Creator. Mention God when you address the public, mention God when you express your hope, mention God when you talk about your plans, mention God when you talk about your efforts. Acknowledge what you need now is supernatural help and that our fate is not in human hands, but our fate is in the hand of an all wise, all knowing, ever present Lord.
Let us be encouraged and know that God is using us to demonstrate His authority and glory. For those who believe in Christ let us cling to these words in Philippians 4: 6-7, “Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving; let your request be made known to God and the peace of God which passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.”
I am confident because of our Faith that we are covered. Yet, I desire to err on the side of caution. Therefore, I ask those who were in attendance at the 11 am service on March 15, 2020, to be mindful of your activities and travel at this time until the 29th of March. This is the end of the incubation period. If you have not exhibited any symptoms you are safe to resume your daily activities. Please call you doctor should you demonstrate symptoms such as: sore throat, or aching body, consistent fever of 100.4, coughing, and difficulty in breathing.
We have added additional information on the Beacon from the county in regards to what to do should you exhibit any symptoms regarding COVID-19. Let us remember to pray one for another and trust God in this difficult season.
Sincerely, Pastor, Phil M. Turner