**Re-Opening Statement**

April 28, 2020

 

To our TPCOC Family & Friends:

Greetings in the Name above all names! We give God praise for all He has done and is doing. We rejoice with each of you for the blessings of God, and we pray with each of you for His continued provision, and hand of protection and healing. We had a great turnout for our two “Drive-Up” services: the first on Easter and the second this past Sunday. We were glad to have several of our neighbors listening from across the streets, and certainly all of our guests who joined us in driving up. We are so thankful for all who have come. Also, I want to say “thank you” to all those who have been consistently giving during this time, whether online, in person, or by mail. Thank you for your faithfulness!

 

While we certainly understand that this current COVID-19 situation is not over – we do believe we are seeing a “light at the end of the tunnel”. We continue to monitor the effects of this virus in our community, our county, our state, and our nation.

As I have said before, we must not fear, nor let fear rule over us – but we also must use caution where there are risks. We do that every day in life.

 

It has been six weeks since we have gathered in the sanctuary for service, and I know that we are missing that very important aspect of our lives. The sudden change and inability to worship in the House of God has impacted each of us. So many have expressed the deep desire to return. The importance of the House of God, for each of us and for all of us, cannot be overstated. Live-streaming simply is not church. It is God’s desire and design, as so clearly stated in His Word, for His people to assemble themselves together. Our religious duty to Him, when at all possible, is to do so.

 

We believe that life is precious, and every breath is a gift from God.

“As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field; for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him…to those who keep His covenant and remember to do His commandments.”
Psalm 103

 

“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but [also] life in you.”

“Therefore, we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:7-12; 16-18

 

We also know that every death is tragic – regardless of its cause. We are saddened by every death that this cruel virus has brought upon our world.

We are also saddened by every death – approximately 370 every hour of every day in the U.S. – by causes other than COVID-19.

That means that more than 5 people every minute in America are entering into eternity – many without God. [We and this world need the Church now more than ever!]

 

Re-Opening Process

Whereas, we know that the rate of infection and certainly the rate of fatality of this current pandemic is far below what was originally thought and reported – we are beginning a re-opening process.

We also know that some of the more vulnerable and elders among us may still feel apprehensive about attending service. If you are uncomfortable attending services at this time, we completely understand that.

We do want you to know that we will take every precaution to ensure that our facilities are sanitized in all common areas, including the sanctuary, restrooms, foyer, children’s ministries, youth ministries, fellowship hall, etc. And, we will continue to practice safe distancing – asking everyone who attends to be mindful of others by keeping the standard “six feet” between them and those who are not in their immediate family.

You are welcome to wear masks and gloves and we will discourage shaking hands for now.

 

Re-Opening Schedule

We will begin our re-opening process by offering two services on Sunday, May 3.

 

The first service will begin at 9 AM and will end at approximately 10:10 AM.

We encourage those who are 55 years old and above to attend this service at your discretion.

Of course, your family members, or those whom you rely on for transportation who are not
55 years old or older, are welcome to attend this service as well.

This early service will NOT have Children’s Ministry or Youth Class.

 

The second service will begin at 10:30 AM as usual.

We encourage those under age 55 to attend this service at your discretion, unless you attend the first service for reasons mentioned above.

 

Please Note

The reason for this split service is to ensure that we have enough room for everyone to attend service who chooses to come, and to allow our elders to feel comfortable attending with a smaller crowd. As noted above, we will end the first service by 10:10 AM to allow the transition between the two services, including re-sanitizing everything.

The 10:30 AM service will have Children’s Ministry in the Fellowship Hall and the Youth Class in the gymnasium. Nursery will still be held in the children’s ministry building.

 

This schedule will continue for the month of May, or until necessary to change. Also, it may be that we will need to add a third service to accommodate the number of attendees. In that case, we will gladly do so.

Our Wednesday Live-stream will continue for the month of May.

 

If you have any questions, please contact me. I look forward to worshiping with you all again!

 

Yours for the Kingdom,

Pastor C. Cody Thompson

 

Official Declaration

We hereby declare a process of re-opening our church, The Pentecostals of Orange Park, for the purpose of worship and religious duties, granted to us by God, imposed upon us by His Word, and furthermore, granted to us by the Constitution of the United States of America.

Schedule

Sunday
10:30 AM:
“Call to Worship”
6:00 PM:
First Sunday Evening
Worship Service
Tuesday
7:00 PM:
Catalyst Men’s Prayer
Ladies Prayer
Wednesday
7:00 PM:
Midweek Bible Study
Saturday
6:00 PM:
One Accord Prayer
 
Translation available in Spanish
during services.

Traducción disponible en español
durante los servicios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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