Ebenezer Baptist Church " A Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"
Ebenezer Baptist Church" A Church Where Everybody Is Somebody"

 

A Message from Pastor Irving L. Woolfolk, Jr.

(Updated 6/10/20)

 

To the Beloved Family & Friends of EBC,

 

Through disasters like the coronavirus pandemic, God is reminding humanity of their need for Him and challenging the Church to love and support one another. As we settle into the new norm COVID-19 has created for us, it is time to think about what happens when our church reopens. We want to make sure that when we do come back, we do it in a safe and organized way. Pastor Woolfolk and the leadership of Ebenezer is praying and strategizing about the best way for us to see each other face to face again, and we cannot wait. The Great Commandment states, “You shall love the Lord your God … and love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:37–39, ESV). During this pandemic, love for ourselves is expressed in the ways we protect ourselves from getting infected. In the same way, love for our neighbor is expressed in the ways we protect them from getting infected.

 

Even as we focus on preventing COVID-19 infections, however, we should not neglect spiritual, emotional, and social needs—in ourselves and others. During this period of social distancing, it is perhaps even more important that churches meet these needs. As Christ’s disciples, these needs are met as we live out our calling to worship, pray, encourage, witness, disciple, and serve. However, we now must do these in a way that minimizes the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Therefore, we need to use scientific knowledge about this virus to prevent its spread in our church.

 

Though in the beginning many of us had mental images of all returning at once to our church in celebration, we are now recognizing that returning to church will have to happen in phases. The Pastor and the reintegration team are complying with the guidelines and social distancing rules put in place by the Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam. Currently, a date for in-person worship at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Supply, Virginia has not been set. However, in preparation for physically opening the doors again, the reintegration team is working diligently to make sure everything in the church is prepared to reopen. We will open in phases; the first phase will consist of Worship service only. The following requirements listed below will be in place and everyone must adhere to them.

 

  • Occupancy shall be limited to no more than 50% of the lowest occupancy load on the certificate of occupancy of the room or facility in which the religious services are conducted.
  • Individuals attending religious services must always be seated at least six feet apart and must always practice physical distancing. Family members, as defined in Executive Order 61, Order of Public Health Emergency Three, may be seated together. Mark seating in six-foot increments.
  • Individuals attending religious services are required to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times (See CDC Use of Cloth Face Coverings guidance for more detailed information.).
  • No items must be passed to or between attendees who are not family members as defined in EO 61, Order of Public Health Emergency Three. 
  • Any items used to distribute food or beverages must be disposable and used only once and discarded.
  • A thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces must be conducted prior to and following any religious services.
  • Post signage at the entrance that states that no one with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 or known exposure to a COVID-19 case in the prior 14 days, is permitted in the establishment.
  • Post signage to provide public health reminders regarding social distancing, gatherings, options for high risk individuals, and staying home if sick (samples at the bottom of this document). 

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in the moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

 

So, let us be extremely prayerful, sensitive, and non-critical as the Pastor and the church leadership work together to make the tough and aggressive, albeit the best decisions for this congregation. As a reminder, going forward all updates concerning the reintegration to worship service will be posted on our church website.

 

We pray for a spirit of discernment, for wisdom, and patience. We pray for researchers and medical professionals; for the planners; for the ill and recovering; for those grieving and struggling with the weightiness of these times. We pray for the watchers and wonderers, and all those who wait upon the Lord. 

 

No one knows exactly what the church will look like once the current practice of social distancing is over. The important thing to remember is that the church is God’s idea and it is His work in the world today (Matthew 16:18). He is certainly able to take care of His church and help the church weather whatever circumstances life may throw at it.

 

Be encouraged,

 

Pastor Irving L. Woolfolk, Jr.

 

 

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Worship Times:

 

Sunday School: 9:00 am

Worship Service: 10:00 am

Wednesday Bible Study: 7:00 pm (Adult/Youth)

Thursday Intercessory Prayer:  10:00 am

Adult Ministry Bible Study & Fellowship:  3rd Tuesday at 11:00 am

 

 

(See Ministry & Calendar Pages for upcoming events)

 

EBC Mission Statement

Our mission is to meet the spiritual, physical, and relational needs of God’s people. As commissioned by the word of God found in the book of Matthew 28:19, which states “Go therefore and teach all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” The spirit of Jesus Christ shall abide upon us by practicing ministry that strives to serve God’s people through service and sacrificial love; thereby liberating the oppressed not only from personal sin but from social, political and financial bondage as well. Transformation of lives will occur through our efforts to develop, educate, and direct persons to become the authentic and fully functional individuals God desires us all to be. As believers we will present our bodies as living sacrifices that exemplify the presence of God as experienced through Jesus Christ. We shall worship God in every aspect of our being and serve God by serving one another.

 

 

EBC Vision Statement

The vision of our church is to create a place where the relentless teaching of God’s Word is embraced by all people. A place where worship would be a celebration of freedom. A place where people feel connection and move from acquaintances to deep friendships. A place where people are equipped to maximize their potential. A place where the hurting, depressed, frustrated, and confused can find love, acceptance, help, hope, forgiveness, guidance, and encouragement. A place where the Great Commandment and the Great Commission come alive through acts of service and love. A place where love works. As people grow through the power of Jesus Christ, we as a body will grow in wisdom and knowledge, gain truth and understanding from the word of God and give ourselves as a living sacrifice unto God.  

CHURCH THEME:

 

"UNITED WITH A PURPOSE"

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

Ephesians 4:3-6

 

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