Updated Sunday Schedule Information
Dear Church Family,
“Joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God.” (Psalm 146:5) Our hope is continually in the Lord as we trust and acknowledge Him to guides our paths!
Our Advisory Council and Leadership Team have been meeting regularly to monitor the pandemic and to prayerfully seek the Lord regarding church programming. Recently, we have recognized a significant increase in new virus cases across Georgia and Cobb County specifically.
As a result, Cobb County Schools has heeded the advice of Cobb & Douglas Public Health to go away from in-person learning and to move to virtual learning Tuesday-Friday, January 19-22.
Our Advisory Council and Leadership Team take the safety and wellness of our church family seriously. Lately, we have recognized a significant rise in the number of virus cases within our RSBC fellowship, several of whom have been in the hospital due to the virus. We have noticed that several of our Life Groups have responded by shifting away from in-person meetings and have moved to virtual meetings.
With this information in mind and out of a desire to prioritize the wellness and safety of our church family, we feel led to shift programming for Sundays, January 17 & 24, by pausing all in-person Life Groups, Preschool Care, Children’s Activities and Student Programming. The only in-person programming for the next two Sundays will be…
- 9:00am Hispanic Service – Choir Room
- 10:30am English Service – Worship Center
- 10:30am Laotian Service – B-136
- 11:00am Brazilian Service – The Loft
As we navigate the days ahead, please know that we are praying for each of you and we covet your prayers for us. Ultimately, our hope is in the Lord and we know that we will eventually arrive on the other side of this pandemic. Until that day, let’s remain faithful to stay connected and to share the Gospel with a world that desperately needs a Savior!
Serving HIM with You!
Rev. Joe Buckner | Executive Pastor
Our RSBC Advisory Council and Leadership Team are keeping a watchful eye on the recent increase in new COVID-19 cases across Georgia and more specifically in Cobb County. We are monitoring the Center for Disease Control, the Wellstar Health System, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Cobb County School District, the Mayo Clinic and the Journal for the American Medical Association for trending information. Please refer to the reference section below for further information.
Our Advisory Council and Leadership Team are strongly recommending that every person wear a mask indoors during church programming. Wearing a mask deters the transmission of the virus. We know there are many who would prefer not to wear a mask. However, you may unintentionally carry a contagion that may make another person sick, especially those who fall into the vulnerable/high risk population with significant health issues. You might be protecting others by wearing a mask, so please do. One of the best ways we can love one another is to keep one another safe and to prefer others above ourselves. Further information regarding the efficacy of masks is available in the reference section below.
Our Advisory Council and Leadership Team are also strongly recommending that all on-campus participants maintain physical distancing as measured out and noted within the Worship Center and Life Group spaces. Though distancing is not preferable, it helps to contain contagions within specific areas and curbs an outbreak from occurring.
It is our hope that these safety measures are helpful in keeping one another safe from spreading the COVID-19 virus further. We are praying with each of you that the virus will be under control soon and we will be able to resume a sense of normalcy!
The Center For Disease Control (CDC) Website: https://www.cdc.gov/
The Georgia COVID-19 Transmission Rate: https://rt.live/us/GA
Cobb & Douglas Public Health Department: http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/services/epidemiology-infectious-disease/novelcoronavirus/
Governor Kemp Reopens Temporary Hospital At Georgia World Congress Center: https://www.gpb.org/news/2020/12/23/georgia-world-congress-center-reopen-for-patients-state-breaks-covid-19-case-record
Do Masks Deter The Transmission of COVID-19? Yes, according to the Mayo Clinic, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) & the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA): https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449 & https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover-guidance.html & https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-masks & https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2772459