First Baptist Church of Rockford, IL, is aware of national and local concerns for the spread of the coronavirus. Illinois Governor Pritzker has banned gatherings of over 1,000 people for 30 days, and our local Winnebago County has presently recommended not having gatherings of over 25 people. Guidance from the State of Illinois says this: "For events less than 250 people, residents should closely consider who is likely to attend the event and, if it includes vulnerable populations, strongly consider canceling."
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Winnebago County presently has no confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Since we typically only have around 50 people on a Sunday morning (less than 250), we will cautiously have services this coming Sunday, March 15.
Also, as it applies to our church facilities being used for voting in the upcoming election this Tuesday, the State of Illinois guidance is this: "The election will proceed as scheduled on Tuesday, March 17. This is a fundamental function of government, and the state is committed to making sure the election proceeds with as little disruption as possible."
For those attending our services, we would ask everyone to do the following:
1. Please practice regular hand washing.
2. Please limit handshakes and hugs in your greetings.
3. We will have plenty of boxes of tissues in the building if you need to cough or sneeze. There are also dispensers of hand sanitizer available, and our bathroom facilities are always available for washing your hands as well. We will also ask those who minister to our janitorial needs to pay special attention to cleaning door handles and other places that have regular use.
4. If you are feeling ill, please stay home out of concern for others. If you have a fever or a deep cough, please wait until you have been in good health for 24 hours to return to the church’s services. Our services are available for viewing on Facebook Live, and sermons are posted within a week or two of each service on the church website.
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/firstbaptistrockford/
Sermons on the Church Website: http://www.fbcrockford.org/sermons.html
Please monitor our website for any further updates as the days and weeks go by. Please keep individuals and communities suffering from the coronavirus in your prayers.
Pastor David Huffstutler
Pastor David Huffstutler
Pastor Huffstutler regularly writes articles for our Sunday bulletin. See his bio on our pastoral bio page.