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by David McQueen on November 20, 2020

Dear Beltway Park family,

It is certainly interesting times we live in and a season that has been uncharted territory for our city.

We’ve attached a letter here from Hendrick Health, regarding the current situation with Covid-19 and its effect in our community.

Currently, they are at a critical juncture and find themselves asking for the help of our community in helping bring a flattening of the curve to the current trajectory of Covid cases and hospitalizations.  They are also seeking for us to keep as much of our economy as possible.

We as a church want to join our community leaders in seeking to bring a solution to this growing problem in our city. So, we as a church have made a difficult, but we feel necessary decision, to cancel our in-person services for the Sundays of November 22 and 29. 

+Thursday service, November 26 was already cancelled due to Thanksgiving.

All services and ministry events will be cancelled through November 29. 

We will NOT be gathering at either Beltway campus for our weekend services, BUT

  • We will still offer our Sunday services ONLINE ONLY @ 9:00am and 10:45am.  You can join us live for these services at live.beltway.org, or watch past messages at beltway.org/messages.
  • These services online will include all the normal elements such as live worship, important announcements, a timely message, and an opportunity to receive prayer.
  • We will continue to have, at the end of our services, key prayer points from our prayer partners and pastoral staff (that they feel strongly God has highlighted to them). If you’d like to receive prayer for one of these prayer points, or for anything in your life, you can call 325-704-5171 or text the word PRAYER to 325-766-7076 during our service times.  We’ll have pastors available to visit with you on the phone and to pray with you. We’ll also have online hosts that can chat with you privately and pray for you via that chat.
  • We are still able to receive our regular tithes and offerings as a blessing to our community.  Visit beltway.org/give to give electronically or through the mail.

We will NOT be gathering in small groups at our church facilities, BUT

  • Now, more than ever, we are leaning into the small groups of Beltway Park to provide connection, encouragement, and hope. That is why we want to strongly encourage you to stay engaged as a group with each other. 
  • If possible, get together with no more than 10 in your group (with wisdom, caution, and common sense) to continue to build relationships, to encourage one another, to pray for and minister to each other; possibly create a rotation for your group. We are also encouraging online tools to help your groups stay connected.
  • Please practice social distancing and as we have been doing, we encourage you to wear your mask.
  • If you are not part of a small group at Beltway Park but would like to be, visit beltway.org/groups to complete an online form. One of our group’s pastors will then reach out to you and help you connect with a group.
  • Please continue to be in prayer for those who have been affected by this virus and ask the Lord to remove this from our city and Nation.

You can still help us be proactive and wise (we cannot reiterate these enough).  Please continue to be mindful of the recommendations from the CDC:

  • If you or someone in your family is sick, please stay home (except to get medical care) and avoid exposing that sickness to others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If you have traveled to a high-risk area, please observe the recommended 14-day self-quarantine and refrain from attending church events, groups, and services until the 14-day timeframe has been observed. 

We will continue to monitor this situation closely and make appropriate decisions concerning our services, ministries, and church events as needed.  Please be sure to frequently visit our website at beltway.org, follow us on social media, and/or have an updated email address associated with your profile in Park Central (our church-wide management software) in case we need to communicate any significant changes or updates quickly.

We look prayerfully to the time when we can worship in person together!

Pastor David

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