COVID-19 RESPONSE – August 27, 2020

Dear Evangel Family and Friends,

Thank you for your patience and faithfulness during this ever-changing time. We remain confident that God is in control and knows exactly what is next. Our last update included the Manatee County Resolution concerning wearing a mask to and from our worship times. Now the county has voted 6-1 to amend that decision and we are NOT mandated to wear a mask in public worship places. For right now, we will maintain the course and continue meeting as we have been.

We are going to continue the bible study groups meeting once a month on Sunday night from 6:00-7:00pm in the fellowship hall. We currently have 3 groups: Mike Foster (A-F, M,N,O); Jim Gay (G-L); and Jason Warrington (P-Z). Starting this Sunday, the schedule will continue as follows:

August 30: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); NO EVENING GROUP.

September 6: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Jim Gay)

September 13: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); 6:00-7:00pm (Jason Warrington)

September 20: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); NO EVENING GROUP.

September 27: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z);  6:00-7:00pm (Mike Foster) 

October 4: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Jim Gay)

October 11: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); 6:00-7:00pm (Jason Warrington)

October 18: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Mike Foster)

October 25: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); NO EVENING GROUP.

This is the planned schedule for the next 2 months (which could change at any moment). Please note that the teens are meeting with Pastor Matt and his family every Friday night. Also, the Sunday nights that you are in adult Bible study, your teens and kids will meet with Pastor Matt and his family. Thanks for your flexibility and positive attitude during this unique time and let us continue to pray for our country, our county, and our church.

For His Glory!

Pastor
 

COVID-19 RESPONSE – JULY 30, 2020

Dear Evangel Family and Friends,

These last 4 months have been definitely different than any other we have ever experienced. Thank you for your patience and faithfulness during such a confusing time in our history. We are all confident that God is in control and knows exactly what is next. For the next couple of months we are going to continue to be patient and faithful to what we can do as a testimony of our Lord. If things change, we will adjust our schedule accordingly. For right now, we will maintain the course and continue meeting as we have been.

Due to the new Resolution made by Manatee County (Resolution No. R-20-116) effective July 27, we are asking all to please wear a mask to and from our worship times. Because we are able to appropriately social distance within our church, you do not have to wear a mask while seated. Thank you for your consideration of others within our congregation that may not be physically able to wear a mask safely. Let us make our services as accommodating as possible.

We are going to continue the bible study groups meeting once a month on Sunday night from 6:00-7:00pm in the fellowship hall. We currently have 3 groups: Mike Foster (A-F, M,N,O); Jim Gay (G-L); and Jason Warrington (P-Z). Starting this Sunday, the schedule will continue as follows:

August 2: {Missions Sunday with Sam & Maria Conover BMM-Honduras}

       8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am  NO EVENING GROUP.

August 9: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30 (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Jim Gay)

August 16: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); 6:00-7:00pm (Jason Warrington)

August 23: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am NO EVENING GROUP

August 30: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am; (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Mike Foster)

September 6: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Jim Gay)

September 13: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); 6:00-7:00pm (Jason Warrington)

September 20: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Mike Foster)

September 27: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am  NO EVENING GROUP.

This is the planned schedule for the next 2 months (which could change at any moment). Please note that the teens are meeting with Pastor Matt and his family every Wednesday night. Also, the Sunday nights that you are in adult Bible study, your teens and kids will meet with Pastor Matt and his family. Thanks for your flexibility and positive attitude during this unique time.

Pastor

 

COVID-19 Update – June 12, 2020

Dear Evangel Family and Friends,
We are definitely living in uncharted territory when it comes to this pandemic. I’m thankful for the response of our church family and we have been told by others in our community their appreciation of our response as a church too. I believe that our response has honored our Lord by being a good neighbor.
The Deacons and our staff have met and plan on taking another step in opening up Sunday evening worship. We will continue to meet with the two services in the a.m. and we are opening up an opportunity to continue our discipleship in the evening service.
 
Prior to the COVID shutdown, our 9:30am adult bible study was studying THE WALK. We are going to continue that study by having our groups meet once a month on Sunday night from 6:00-7:00pm in the fellowship hall. This format will make sure that we don’t exceed our 50 maximum and will give us the opportunity to resume our discipleship study.
 
We currently have 3 adult bible study classes: Mike Foster (A-F, M,N,O); Jim Gay (G-L); and Jason Warrington (P-Z). Starting this Sunday, the schedule will be as follows:
 
July 12: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); 6:00-7:00pm (Jim Gay)
 
July 19: 8:30-9:30am (L-Z); 10:30-11:30am (A-K); 6:00-7:00pm (Jason Warrington)
 
July 26: 8:30-9:30am (A-K); 10:30-11:30am (L-Z); 6:00-7:00pm (Mike Foster)
 
Example: Brian Pruett will be in the 10:30am service this Sunday and will not meet on Sunday night until June 28 and July 19 in Jason Warrington’s group.
 
This is just a proposed schedule for the next 2 months. Please note that the teens are meeting with Pastor Matt and his family every Wednesday night. Also, the Sunday nights that you are in adult Bible study, your teens and kids will meet with Pastor Matt and his family. This should be a temporary adjustment until we move into Phase 3. Thanks for your flexibility and positive attitude during this unique time.
 
To Know Christ and Make Him Known,

Pastor

 

COVID-19 Update – May 17, 2020

Dear Evangel Family and Friends,

Ps 122:1, “1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” It has been 8 weeks (March 15) since we last met corporately at Evangel Baptist Church and I am so glad to announce that we are going to begin meeting THIS SUNDAY! This Sunday, May 17, will be Back-To-Church Sunday and we will start the process of regathering together. Amen! So the first questions are when and how?

The church staff and leadership believe that this Sunday we will begin the process by having 2 morning services: 1) 8:30am – 9:30am (last name: A-K) and 2) 10:30am – 11:30am (last name: L-Z). For example, Peggy Foster would attend FIRST service and Richard Woughter would attend the SECOND service. The front doors will be open at 8:15am for the FIRST service. Immediately after the FIRST service, we ask everyone to exit out the door closest to the piano at the front of the sanctuary. By doing so, we will maintain social distancing and not congregate in the hallway. Also, there will be NO offering taken during either service. We will have the box and the offering plates in the foyer that you can use before the FIRST service. Social distancing will be practiced in the sanctuary by sitting every other row and spreading out throughout the space. There will be NO childcare during the services and please sit with your family. We will sanitize the building between services. We trust that we will all be aware of social distancing and maintain such until this ban is lifted. It is not mandatory that you wear a mask. Thanks for your patience and for being a good neighbor.
 

Guidelines for Services:

  • 1st Service: 8:30-9:30, Attendees last names A-K
    • Doors open at 8:15am
    • Please exit the sanctuary out of the piano side door at the front of the sanctuary.
  • 2nd Service: 10:30-11:30am, Attendees last names L-Z
    • Doors open at 10:15am
  • Please do not congregate in foyer or sanctuary. Offering will not be taken during the service. You can give online, or put it in the offering plates or box in the foyer.
  • Please sit every other row in the sanctuary and maintain social distancing when sitting. There will be NO childcare during the services and please sit with your family.
  • We will sanitize the building between services. There is hand sanitizer available at the Welcome Center and bathrooms. It is not required to wear a mask.
  • If you have a pre-existing condition/are immunocompromised, have a fever, are sick or are feeling ill, we ask that you stay home. Services will be live streamed on our Facebook and YouTube pages.

Now that you are aware of your service time, please know that next week (May 24) we will alternate the time – so that everyone experiences the earlier and later times! 😊 See proposed schedule below.

We love each of you and are truly thrilled to be able to worship corporately together! Please be a good neighbor by NOT coming if you are sick, have a fever, have a cough, etc… Note that we are providing this opportunity for those who would like to come together but fully realize that everyone’s coming back together will be different depending upon your personal circumstances. Also, we will be streaming live on Facebook and/or YouTube for those who cannot attend the service.

As we commence with Back-To-Church Sunday, we pray that we will remember those difficult but divine commands in 1 Th 5:16-18: Be Joyful, Be Prayerful, and Be Thankful – “16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

God bless you and we look forward to literally seeing and singing with you this coming Sunday!

For His Glory,
Pastor Andy Goad

 

Proposed new schedule until otherwise posted:

May 31 – (8:30-9:30am: Last Name AK); (10:30-11:30am: Last Name LZ)

Jun 7 – (8:30-9:30am: Last Name LZ); (10:30-11:30am: Last Name AK)