“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4)
Dear Lamar Avenue Family,We pray that everyone continues to be safe and well after what has been a difficult three months. The elders and ministers have begun planning to reopen Sunday, July 12th. We intend to take the recommended safety precautions very seriously in order to minimize infection risk. We know there is a difference of opinion about those precautions but ask for your understanding and Christ-like spirit, and willingness to observe. Our guidelines are listed below:
1. We will conduct two worship services (9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.) each Sunday to create the space needed to observe social distancing practices.2. Because we want to keep large groups from congregating in the lobby, we ask that you wait until 8:45 am or 10:45 am before entering the building.3. Members need to choose a service by completing the online form below and attend only that service for now.
How many in your family will attend?*
Either one is OK (Staff will contact you and notify you of which service to attend. This will help us keep an even attendance in each service for safe social distancing.)
Will not attend either one
These procedures may seem extreme to some of our members; for others, they will not be nearly enough. It is important to be flexible, forgiving and patient (and to have a sense of humor) as we take this step. Please remember that the goal is to worship our Creator and Savior as his body, collectively; for an indefinite time, this will look much different than how we have traditionally approached our worship together.
As time goes by, we expect to reevaluate and update these policies accordingly. As we work our way through this pandemic, it is vital that we cooperate with one another, extend each other grace, and be proactive in loving our brothers and sisters by looking to their needs and not just our own. One day soon, Lord willing, we will be able to put all this behind us. Until then, let’s stay safe, faithful, and positive.
Please continue to pray for July 12th! Please pray for the safety of our church family. Let us offer a prayer of gratitude for being able to be together again.