From My Heart

MAY 31, 2020

     Next Sunday, June 7th, we are going to open the church at 10:45 for our first time in 12 weeks.  The plan is to have only one morning service, with no Sunday School.  We will have an evening service at 6:00, and then Prayer Meeting and Bible Study on Wednesday evening at 7:00.  Until we are a little better able to see what is going to happen with this virus, we will operate on this schedule.  I hope we can get back to our normal schedule sooner than later.  We are not going to open the nurseries just yet, and we will not run the buses at this time.  Our goal however, is to get every ministry up and running as quickly as possible.

     The CDC has put out several guidelines for churches to follow as they reopen.  They suggest several common sense things that we want to follow as we open our doors.  We will need to social distance and we ask that those who choose to come wear a mask.  Probably the most important thing is this:  if you are sick...please stay home.  If you have a fever, by all means, do not come!  We are not going to be taking anyone's temperature as I think we can police ourselves and use our own judgment.

     We are asking everyone to confine activity to the hallways, the foyer, and the auditorium and to use the rest rooms on either side of the auditorium.  The reason for this is because our custodians will come in after each service and disinfect and sanitize where we have been.  So, if we can limit our activity, we can save our guys from having to take hours upon hours to clean.  So, please help us with these matters.

     The CDC is also suggesting we do not shake hands, and also that we do not pass offering plates.  So, we plan to have some boxes on the tables in the foyer where you can drop off your offering.  The ushers will not hand you a bulletin, they will be on the tables for you to pick up.

     If you have any qualms about coming back, please stay home and watch on the live stream.  Perhaps you have health issues, pre-existing conditions, or anything that might cause you concern-please stay home!  I do not want anyone feeling pressured to return.  Your health should be your main concern.  As I have said to you several times now, my preference at this time is for you to stay home, but if you want to come back, we will do everything we can to make things as safe as possible.

     Have a great day and keep looking towards Heaven-the Lord Jesus is coming soon!

     Pastor Norris



SYMPATHY:   to Mike Cheuvront, Sr., Mike and Mary Cheuvront, Jr., and Scott and Melissa Cheuvront at the passing of their brother/uncle, David Cheuvront on Saturday, May 30.  Services are pending.

THANK YOU:  Heartfelt thank you to all those who prayed, sent cards and called during the illness and home going of my brother Ron Green and Neal's brother-in-law Herman Drechsler. You have buoyed us up at a time we certainly needed it, and we are so very grateful. Praying we will see you soon. Love & prayers.  Neal & Phyllis Smith

CHURCH OPENING:  The church will be open for those who feel comfortable attending on Sunday June 7 at 10:45 a.m. and 6:00 pm and on Wednesday at 7:00 pm. We ask that you please wear a mask and observe social distancing.

COD/CCS OFFICES:  At this time the church offices will be open only on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The school offices will be open as normal Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Wednesday Prayer Bulletin

June 3, 2020


Richard Dix - CHC

Doug McFarland - University of Medical Center

Naomi Myers – Charleston Hospital

Marcos Tulio Lucero - CHC


Joan Bassler

Bob Boyer

Debbie Grimes

Francis Moats

Jay Watkins



Dr. Dale Kidd

Edgewood Baptist Church

3604 Ringgold Road 

Chattanooga, TN 37412


Dr. Rick Holbrook – Pastoral Care/Reformers


Gretta Keel, Graphics


Maria Lea-Wilson, Honduras

Pray for: 

- Her marriage on June 6 to Ben Muldoon which will take place in Baltimore.  

- them as they will be traveling on deputation before heading to Eastern Europe to work with the deaf people of that area. 

- Marlon and Bridgy Sierra who have taken over the deaf ministry in the Honduras.


Sharon Callahan, 30 Caraway Rd., Reisterstown, MD 21136


Ryan Pletzer, Marines


Stephanie Allen, Worker, Sykesville Route


Dr. John Campbell, Royal Blue Class

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