Dear Fourth Baptist Church Family,
The citizens of our country are facing an ever-increasing threat from the spread of the Coronavirus, COVID – 19. We have all watched as sports leagues, concert venues, universities, government agencies and others have enacted extraordinary measures in response to this threat.
The Center for Disease Control has consistently been urging organizations to limit public gatherings in an attempt to “flatten the curve”” of exposure, and slow down the potential spread of this virus. There is consistent concern being expressed from medical experts that if this virus continues to spread, it has the real potential to overwhelm the medical system in our country and limit access to urgent medical care for those who need it. Governor Walz and Jan Malcolm, director of the Minnesota Department of Health, gave clear guidance this afternoon regarding community mitigation efforts. They have urged all organizations to limit gatherings which do not allow for the social distance needed to prevent transmission of the virus.
In addition, we know that this virus is most dangerous for those who are the most vulnerable amongst us, those who are elderly and/or have pre-existing medical conditions.
In light of all of these factors, exercising an abundance of caution, and in accordance with the direction that we received this afternoon from governmental leaders, we are canceling all public meetings and activities of Fourth Baptist Church, effective immediately, through next Sunday, March 22. There will be no public gatherings or activities Sunday, March 15, Wednesday, March 18, Sunday, March 22 or anything in between. Tonight’s Date Night activity as well as all activities scheduled for tomorrow are canceled. Sunday Worship services, both morning and evening, will be conducted at their normal times via live stream and will be led by pastoral staff. We encourage all families to join us via the live stream for these services. we would invite you to join us by way of WCTS AM 1030 and FM 97.9 (wctsradio.com) or via the livestream at https://fourthbaptist.org/sermons/. You may also continue with your giving by mail or by our website https://fourthbaptist.org/give/.
It is our desire and prayer that these decisions are not being made from a position of fear, but are intentional, deliberate decisions made out of love for people, care for our community, and a desire to honor our governmental leaders.
We are blessed to live in an age where we can use technology to connect us as a body for edification and shepherding from the Word of God. We greatly encourage you to participate in our live streamed services, with your family, over the next couple of weeks. The pastoral staff will continue to monitor this situation, as well as consider how we can continue to minister to one another as the body of Christ in the days ahead. The church office will remain open during normal hours; please feel free to contact the church if you have any questions.
Any changes will be communicated through the one-call system, email, Facebook, website, and WCTS radio.
We know that nothing can separate us from the Love of God, and we pray that you will know the grace and peace of God in the days ahead!
Grace and peace,
Fourth Baptist Church
900 Forestview Lane N
Plymouth MN 55441