August 17, 2021
Hey, Church Family,
It is such a blessing to serve as your pastor!
Our family is settling into Valdosta.
Traci has started her new job teaching Ninth Grade Literature and Composition at Lowndes High School.
She is also serving as one of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club sponsors at LHS.
Caleb and Chaney have started 5th and 4th grade at Westside Elementary School and are off to a strong start in the classroom and making many new friends at school, church, and in the neighborhood.
We are all loving doing life in Valdosta!
We love our Crossroads family and are so grateful for the love you have shown our family.
We bless God for how He has settled us and shown us favor!
During the past few weeks at church, we have had the joy of seeing God move in great ways.
Attendance has been up, giving is up, and we are seeing new visitors weekly that are being drawn to Crossroads.
Our church has a buzz of excitement about what God is doing.
Our church has been weekly doing outreach throughout the city by feeding school personnel and hospital workers.
It is your faithfulness in giving to the Lord that has allowed these things to happen.
Thank you for your faithfulness to pray, attend, serve, and give!
During this season I have been reminded of a quote from Ron Dunn, he would say, “Good and evil run on parallel tracks and they normally arrive at the same time.”
With that said, we are aware of the increase of COVID activity in our community and church.
It is our deep desire to provide a place for worship as we move forward.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will work to make the appropriate changes if needed as we move forward.
As of today, we are going to maintain our weekly schedule of ministries.
We’re going to do our best to provide masks, hand sanitizer, and keep everything clean for our services. For this week, we will not try to regulate the number of people who are on campus or in specific rooms.
You can help us by staying home if you have COVID-like symptoms.
You can also help us by letting us know if you come down with COVID and suspect that you were positive when you attended a service or group. We provide that information to your group and those that might have sat around you in worship so that they can take appropriate steps for themselves.
Two things will cause us to cancel or postpone events: a lack of volunteers/leaders or a lack of participants.
If we feel that we can’t sustain all of our weekly ministries, we will prioritize our remaining people and resources to our highest priorities.
The Department of Public Health has noted an upswing in COVID cases. Over the last week, we have averaged about 50 cases per day in Lowndes.
Several of our key staff members have been affected by close family members.
Here’s how we’re handling staff illnesses and exposure (based on guidance from cdc.gov):
Scenario 1: If they are vaccinated and get a positive test
They must stay home for 10 days.
Scenario 2: If they are vaccinated and they are exposed to a COVID-positive person (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)
They can continue on if they don’t have symptoms (with a mask indoors), then get tested 3-5 days after exposure. If they get a negative test, they can return to normal.
Scenario 3: If they are unvaccinated and have tested positive
They can return to work after 10 days from the onset of symptoms and have gone at least 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications.
Scenario 4: If they are unvaccinated and have been exposed to a COVID-positive person (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period)
They must quarantine for 10 days. This can be shortened to 7, if they receive a negative test that was administered after day 5.
We fully support you as families as you make decisions that are in the best interest of your family.
We are seeking the Lord and asking for His favor.
I pray that as people gather or watch online, that God would continue to move, speak, and inspire a deeper devotion to Him.
I’m praying that we would see the lost saved and the saved sent into this community to be the salt and light of Jesus.
Many people need the hope, love, and peace that is only provided by our loving Lord.
Let’s trust Him to be His vessels.
I’m reminded of Psalm 34:4–5 “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.”
Saints, let us remember that our Father is faithful and good.
He is seated on His throne and His mission is advancing.
One joyous day we will stand before Him and let it be our goal to say, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” John 17:4.
In His Service,