COVID-19 Update: In a spirit of love for one another and our community, Worship Services are canceled until further notice so we can practice appropriate social distancing, in accordance with public health guidelines. More information is provided here. We will update this site regualrly as the situation develops. Stay safe everyone! God bless you!

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Our current plan to address COVID-19 (Coronavirus) at Edgewater.

UPDATED 3.25.20

 

Sunday Worship

Our corporate gathering on Sunday (3/29) will be cancelled again, and we anticipate this being the case for the next several weeks.

We will be sending out a video link of the worship service so you can hear God's Word and worship at home. This week we'll try to post the video on more platforms (Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook, and the church website). An e-bulletin will also be sent out in advance.

Adorned, Sons & Brothers, and Community Groups

We're going to try to continue these gatherings by hosting them on Zoom, which is an online video conferencing platform. That means you can attend these meetings "virtually" from home. Invitations to join the online meetings will be sent out via email on the day of the event.

The only thing you'll need to do to join the meeting is click the invitation link in the email.

Sons & Brothers (for men) will next meet on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM. If you'd like to be invited to join, please click here to email Andy.

Adorned (for women) will next meet on Tuesday, April 7th at 7:00 PM. If you'd like to be invited to join, please click here to email Victoria.


This is a great time to join a community group! To be invited to join in on a Zoom meeting, please send an email to one of the group leaders.

Monday evening - Cory & Olyn Smith
Thursday evening - Jake & Krista Muscat
Thursday evening - Adam & Erica Troyer

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UPDATED 3.19.20

 

 

Sunday Worship

Our corporate gathering on Sunday (3/22) will be cancelled again, and we anticipate this being the case for the next several weeks. However, we will be sending out a video link of the worship service (posted on our website), not just with the sermon but also with worship songs, scripture readings, and corporate prayer (we're trying to help you worship at home with as many elements of the regular worship service as possible). An order of service will also be sent out in advance, with a full listing of song lyrics and scripture readings so you can follow along.

Adorned, Sons & Brothers, and Community Groups

We're going to try to continue these gatherings by hosting them on Zoom, which is an online video conferencing platform. That means you can attend these meetings "virtually" from home. Invitations to join the online meetings will be sent out via email on the day of the event.

The only thing you'll need to do to join the meeting is click the invitation link in the email.

Adorned (for women) will next meet on Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 PM

Sons & Brothers (for men) will next meet on Tuesday, March 31st at 7:00 PM

Each community group leader will determine their own plans and scheduling during this time, but all of the CG leaders have been given access to use the church Zoom account to host their meetings online.

Edgeville (children) and EDGE (youth)

Jackie Rosado will be sending weekly Bible curriculum and activities (coloring pages, etc.) to Edgeville parents so you can use them with your kids at home. These are the same lesson plans and activities that are regularly used in Edgeville Sunday classes.

All EDGE youth gatherings are also temporarily cancelled (at least until school resumes), but youth leaders will contact the students regularly and will likely host some online gatherings as well. We'll keep you posted.

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UPDATED 3.13.20

No Sunday Gathering - 3/15

Dear church family,

In light of ongoing pleas from public health and government officials to stay home this weekend, we have decided it would be best, as good neighbors to one another and to the community around us, to cancel our worship service this Sunday, March 15th.

This was not an easy decision to make. I have been wrestling with it all day today. In speaking with the elders, we are personally torn about this decision, but resolved to stand together. I want to communicate clearly what has (and has not) motivated this decision:


-This is not a decision motivated by fear. Christ is our strength and our hope. In Him we have nothing to fear, in life or death (Phil. 1:20-21). 


-On the contrary, it's a decision rooted in love for one another. Social distancing is the best way to prevent the spread of this virus. Our prayerful aim is to help in that effort, at all cost to our own personal preferences.


-Protecting the most vulnerable among us from unnecessary exposure must remain a top priority--and it is.


-Our witness to our neighbors is something we take seriously. What are they to think of us if we send a  message that is counter to the doctors and public officials who are exercising extreme caution for the public good? That's not a message we want to send. As Christians, the public good should be (and is) our desire as well. This reflects the love of Christ.


-A decision to not gather temporarily as a congregation is very different than an individual neglecting the assembly of God's people. It is not sin or a violation of Hebrews 10:25 to postpone our corporate gatherings for the health and well-being of the church and larger community.


-Not gathering as a larger group does not, and should not, prevent us from gathering in smaller numbers in our homes. We encourage fellowship among the body of Christ until we can all reassemble for Sunday worship at 1401 W. Hollywood.


I will still be posting my sermon on Sunday at 10:30 AM to our website and to Facebook, which I have titled "Perfect Love Casts Out Fear: A Christian Response to Coronavirus”. I sincerely hope you'll watch it together in your homes and that it will serve to encourage and edify you. 

We will reassess the situation on a day to day basis. Lord willing, this worship service cancellation will not last long. Let's pray fervently towards that end. May the Lord keep you all safe and healthy, and may He be merciful to our beloved city. God is good, and He is always in control.

As always, you can reach the elders by email at elders@edgebapt.com

We continue to pray for you all. May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts as you expectantly and confidently trust in Him.

Your pastor,
Bill

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UPDATED 3.12.20

Dear church family,

A lot has happened this week, with many normal aspects of public life being impacted by the growing threat of Coronavirus in our area. Church gatherings are something we should be thinking about, too. Our desire is to be wise and measured in our response. As Christians, we need to trust God and also be good stewards of the decisions He has entrusted us to make. The elders and I have prayed and discussed a strategy for moving forward at this time, paying close attention to the advice of public health experts and seeking to apply Scripture to the moment, and we will continue to evaluate the situation as it develops. Here are our latest recommendations:

1. Jesus makes clear that Christians should always seek to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matt. 22:39, Gal. 5:14). We believe that loving our neighbors, both inside and outside the church, requires us to do our part to help "flatten the curve" of the virus' infection rate in our community. The following guidelines are offered with that priority in mind.

2. We will gather together for Sunday worship. Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot have called for public gatherings to be limited to 250 persons or less. Because our normal church attendance is below that number, and because Scripture commands us to gather (Heb. 10:25), we will still assemble for our 10:30 AM worship services, unless further restrictions are enacted. 

3. Vulnerable members are encouraged to stay home, if desired. The CDC recommends that people over the age of 60 and anyone who has respiratory issues or diabetes take extra precautions to avoid large groups. We certainly understand if those in these groups choose to stay home if you are uncomfortable coming to church.

4. Safe distance and hygiene etiquette are encouraged. If you're uncomfortable being in close proximity to others, please know that there is plenty of room in our sanctuary to spread out. The balcony and lower levels are open, and keeping a three-seat distance (approx. 6 feet) from non-family members is perfectly okay. Always cover your mouth and nose if you need to cough, using a tissue or your elbow (not your hands) to prevent spreading germs to others.

5. All Gospel Life and other 9:00 AM teen and children's classes will not meet until further notice

6. The nursery, toddler room, and K-3 classes will be closed during the 10:30 AM worship service. All families are encouraged to stay together during the worship service. This is a tough call to make, but we feel that it is best for the overall health and sense of well-being for families with children. We will gladly adjust to the presence of your children in the sanctuary, and we will also understand if you decide to stay home instead. 

7. An offering box will be placed in the sanctuary. In an effort to limit hand-to-hand contact, we will not be passing around the offering plate like we usually do. You can deposit your tithes and offerings in the box, which will be placed in the back of the room on the floor-level of the sanctuary.

8. All community groups and Bible studies are encouraged to determine for themselves how to handle their weekly gatherings. Smaller gatherings have (so far) not been a focus of public health officials' concern. But you are free to make those decisions as a group.

9. We are preparing to assist those in need of benevolent care during this crisis. If you become sick or if you experience financial hardship as a result of a work stoppage (or other virus related hardships), please let us know by emailing the elders at elders@edgebapt.com. We want to do all that we can as a church community to care for you and your family.

10. I will be taking a break from our regularly-scheduled Micah passage on Sunday, March 15th to address a Christian perspective and response to all of this from God's Word. If you cannot be with us on that Sunday, the message will be recorded and posted on our website and on Facebook, as usual.

Finally, I want to encourage all of us to be vigilant and prayerful, trusting God throughout this health crisis. He is always in control! Fear should never characterize our response. Let us be bold to love others in word and deed, caring especially for the sick and the most vulnerable among us. Let's keep giving of our time, talent, and resources to ensure the health and well-being of the church.

In the event that we have to stop meeting publicly for a time, please keep checking in on one another, and please keep giving financially to sustain the ministry of the church. We trust the Lord to provide all that is needed.

As always, let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We are praying for all of you! 

"May the God of peace be with you all." (Rom. 15:33)

On behalf of the elders,
Pastor Bill