God has been kind to our church family, and we have continued to enjoy excellent fellowship and Bible studies. I know of no additional cases of COVID-19 so we are well beyond the infection stage from the cases we knew about. I have no doubt that we will have additional cases. I think that will be a part of life but, as I have argued from the beginning, I think we are capable of responding correctly if and when that happens. With that in mind, most of our activities are back on schedule. We are still taking reasonable precautions but look forward to continuing to meet.
This week we have a 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM service. The topic is Hamartiology and Hedonism. Hedonism is the philosophy that describes pleasure or satisfaction as the goal of life. In our continuing study, we want to paint a realistic picture of mankind. That is the only way to help. When someone doesn’t understand the problem, they will not accept the proper solution.
You will also meet a perspective teacher this weekend. Rachel Clifton will be in our services. She has been a missionary teacher in Peru for four years and is one of two that we would like to hire. Lord willing, we will have every child here every day. Again, taking reasonable precautions is appropriate but we do not need to live in and be paralyzed by fear. Our enrollment is up with several more possibilities as we come closer to the school year. Pray for wisdom during the interview process with both families and potential teachers.
Below is a copy of a Facebook post by Dan Zacharias. It is an astute observation. Our Summer-care program is proof that we can safely meet on a daily basis. With the blessing of the Governor’s office, the Keystone Summer-care has met five days a week since the end of May with no cases attributed to its existence. That means twenty to thirty people a day meeting with no adverse effects to the teachers, students, or enrolled families. It is a model for what can and should happen with schooling.
From Dan Zacharias - “In-person, everyday child care has been open in Virginia throughout the pandemic. Many children from birth to age 13 have had access to child care, even during the shut down and Phase I, and increasingly so during Phases II and III. During the Stay at Home Order, child care centers were designated as essential businesses and allowed to remain open. Child care remained open in large part because the Department of Social Services effectively, and in our opinion correctly, worked to persuade the governor to allow it to be so. At no time has there been a public outcry against the policy; to our knowledge, at no time has the policy created controversy among the citizens and policy makers of our commonwealth. Also, there is every indication that the children have been safe, since at no time has there been a headline-making outbreak in a child care center, and since to date there has yet to be a single COVID-19 fatality of a child in Virginia.
It seems reasonable, then, for schools to reopen for 5-day in-person instruction. Schools and parents should be free to agree to proper mitigation protocols and to decide upon their own responses to the changing situations in their own communities and facilities. Consultation with health department officials and with attorneys is certainly appropriate, as it has been for child care centers for the past four months. We believe that the long-term academic, emotional, and psychological consequences for children if schools do not reopen will be dire.
ODACS schools are preparing to open. They are preparing COVID-19 plans that are appropriate to their locations and to their facilities, and they are communicating those plans to parents. For those of you who support our schools, we appreciate your prayers for wisdom for each of our ministry leaders. Please pray that our children will be able to return to school and to continue to grow academically and spiritually. Thank you!”
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Keystone Baptist ChurchPastor Douglas B. Wrightwww.KeystoneBaptist.org
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