As you are well aware there has been a significant spike in COVID-19 cases in our county, Ohio and around our nation. Once again Governor DeWine has put out a plea for everyone to do their part to help get the virus under control. We have seen an increase of sickness within the families of Gospel, two recently tested postive for COVID and several others from different families have some symptoms. One of those who tested positive was a Kid City teacher. The parents of kids who were in their class are currently being notified.
The Pastors at
Gospel believe it is vital and essential that the church stays open and
to do that we need to take precautions so we can continue to gather. The
church was made to be together and sometimes that means sacrificing
some comfort to make it happen.
you enter the building, please wear a mask until you reach your seat;
just like you would do when you go into a store or restaurant. Once you
have reached your seat you can then remove it; and please do the same
when you leave. Also stop by the hand sanitizer and get a squirt or two
If you are one who cannot wear a mask because of a medical reason or disability, we understand, and we will not turn you away.
that there are varying views on masks and whether they work or not. I
understand that this email will cause frustration and disappointment in
some but comfort and peace of mind for others. Please know we are
striving to shepherd every person at Gospel and we are asking everyone
to consider others before self. We do not gather on Sundays to focus
on the government, party or policy. We do not come together to discuss
the rights and wrongs of COVID-19 procedures. We would disagree if we
tried to unify around those other things. Our focus is on Christ, our
unity is in Christ. We come together to celebrate the resurrection of
Christ, our new life and to encourage each other on in the faith; and we
will keep doing just that!
Personally I believe its worth the sacrifice of a mask on my face to be with you and I hope you feel the same.
May we love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor (Romans 12:10).
May we rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality (Romans 12:12-13).
May we be a people who show hospitality to one another without grumbling (1 Peter 4:9).
May we keep our conduct among the Gentiles honorable (1 Peter 2:12).
May we have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind (1 Peter 3:8).
May we honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor (1 Peter 2:17).
Following Jesus Alongside of You.