Dear Lifepointe Church Family: May 4th, 2020
On Friday, May 1st, Indiana’s Governor Holcomb laid out his 5-stage “roadmap” to reopen the Indiana economy. Stage 1 represents where the state has been until today (Monday May 4th). Stage 2 begins today for most of the state – and calls for retail and commercial businesses to operate at 50% capacity. Restaurants can open at 50% capacity for dine-in on May 11th. Masks should still be worn when one is in public, and those over 65 or with high-risk medical conditions are encouraged to remain home. Stages 3 and 4 will occur from late May through mid-June, and provide for the opening of more venues, the gatherings of up to 250 persons, and a reduced requirement for face masks. Stage 5, slated for July 4th, represents the date when most restrictions would be lifted and a decision about the upcoming school year will be made.
What does this mean for churches?
While the governor’s roadmap sets Friday May 8th as the date churches can resume in-person worship services, it recommends churches continue to conduct worship activities “remotely” if possible. Worship services held in-person need to be limited in size, and attendees would be asked to wear masks and practice social distancing.
What does this mean for Lifepointe Church?
We will continue building upon the success we have had with "Lifepointe Online", and wait a few more weeks before setting a date when we will worship in-person together.
While we are all anxious to worship in-person on Sunday mornings, the prospect of wearing masks and sitting far apart from one another is not very appealing. And, it certainly is not a welcoming environment for anyone looking to visit us personally for the first time.
We appreciate the value the governor has placed on churches during these challenging days, and his support of the constitutional right of Hoosiers to freely exercise their religion. Lifepointe Church will continue to do its part to protect the health of our community, while looking for creative ways to minister to our church family. We’ll monitor the state’s progress over the next few weeks, and reevaluate in late May our own next steps.
We Continue To Be Blessed
The quarantine and business shutdowns associated with Covid-19 are unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetimes. We have been blessed as a congregation by the leadership and hard work of our staff and technology team. We thank God for watching over our congregation during these difficult times.
The best is yet to come!
Your church Elders (Bill Bloss, Woody Cumbie, Brian Jennings, Jim VarnHagen, and Marcus Warner)