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From the Office of the Senior, Executive & Associate Pastors

Goshen Seventh-day Adventist Church
8221 South State Street, Chicago IL 60619

 

July 29, 2020

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

 

As you are aware, there is still much concern surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These are serious times which require prayer and vigilance. Church will reopen August 8, 2020 for limited attendance. Here’s a few things to keep in mind:

 

We WILL continue to have Worship on Sabbaths at our new normal times (11:15am Divine Worship, 3pm SS via Conference Call & 5pm Bible Study) unless any new major development in the spread of this virus causes us to close our doors again, at that time we will resume worship remotely. Until further notice, there will not be greeting at the door at the conclusion of worship. If you are feeling ill, we advise that you worship with us from home and watch us live via Facebook until such time that you have recuperated.

 

Additional Information Regarding Reopening:

  • State Mandated Seating is limited to 75 people until further notice.
  • All attendees must wear a mask at all times.
  • Please be sure to sit/stand at least 6 feet from those who are in attendance if you choose not to wear a mask during the service.
  • We require temperature & questionnaire screening prior to entering the facilities.
  • For those who are comfortable watching from home, no worries! Stream with us live on our social media platforms.

In light of this virus we are asking members and guests to refrain from personal contact as much as possible (hand shaking, etc.). We also ask that if you are not wearing a mask that you sit in our designated social distancing areas where each person will be seated 6 feet apart. We are also encouraging everyone to utilize hand sanitizing stations (located throughout the building) when necessary and wash your hands using both soap and water for the recommended 20 seconds. We will not have potluck at church for the foreseeable future.

 

In closing, this is not to create panic, but to exercise precaution. Let us hold fast to our faith and embrace the word of God. We are prayerful in taking these measures to help ensure the safety and security of our members and guests. As a faith tradition, we fully embrace and affirm the worth and practice of personal and family prayer and devotion. We strongly encourage all families to continue to use this time to pay attention to such spiritual disciplines and have candid conversations with your families about this critical time. Spend time talking to your children and helping them to further trust in God.

 

 

Health Tips for COVID-19 include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing, or sneezing
  • When possible, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people
  • Continuously clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your inner elbow if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and/or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Wear a face mask when in the company of others

 

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A Statement from the Pastoral Staff on George Floyd

 

The Goshen SDA Church is appalled and deeply anguished by the recent murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department, in broad daylight. The actions of all four of the officers who interacted with Mr. Floyd demonstrate a blatant disregard for human life. Sadly, this kind of violence is too often perpetrated on people of color and in particular Black men and women. Although the immediate actions of law enforcement caused his death, this particular tragedy is the byproduct of the systemic racism that has plagued the United States of America since its formation. It is to be noted that Mr. Floyd is one in a long litany of names who have tragically lost their lives as a result of hatred, bigotry, and racial animus…people like Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Ahmaud Arbery, Alton Sterling, Eric Gardner, Sandra Bland, and Philando Castille.

 

We take this opportunity to extend condolences to the Floyd family and to declare our unconditional support for them and the community of Minneapolis devastated by this senseless killing. We are overcome with grief and are actively participating in becoming agents of change to ensure that the status quo as it pertains to white supremacy, police brutality, and all of its negative offspring are eradicated from our world.

 

We identify with the protesters who are voicing their disdain for the lawless actions of renegade police officers. We condemn the actions of those who are bent on hijacking this moment by committing acts of violence, looting, and rioting. We affirm the constitutionally protected rights of all Americans to protest injustice while at the same pleading with those who are taking up the fight to do so in a way that does not detract from our message and the mutually beneficial goal of equality under the law.

 

The problems facing us are great indeed and the answers are not simple, however recent events make it clear that things will only change when people are willing to take action. In addition to marching, protesting and engaging in acts of civil disobedience, we are calling all those who are interested in making America the beacon of hope that she pertains to be, to engage in your civic duty by voting into office the kind of public servants who will promote a fairer and more just society. Take your frustration to the ballot box, holding accountable those representatives who have failed our communities for so long by garnering our votes and giving us nothing but a legacy of disappointment. For those politicians who are not up for reelection, we encourage you to contact them incessantly and bring your influence to bear on their tenure.

 

Being a people of faith and of prayer, we continue to ask God for the strength to fight the good fight and to grant us favor in the pursuit of his agenda of righteousness in the earth. We are guided by the teachings and example of Jesus who in his inaugural sermon declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18,19)

 

Finally, we want to thank all those who have used their influence to assist in calling this country to a collective consciousness. We salute those who, like Colin Kaepernick, have put fairness before finance and who in the footsteps of great leaders have laid their lives on the line for the betterment of our nation. We still believe in the ideals that were articulated when the founding fathers birthed this nation…we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal… and will continue to work until those ideals are realized.

 

Gordon Fraser, Senior Pastor

Dr. C. Lloyd Adams, Executive Pastor

Dr. Barbara Bellar, Associate Pastor

From the Office of the Senior, Executive & Associate Pastors

Goshen Seventh-day Adventist Church
8221 South State Street, Chicago IL 60619

 

March 18, 2020, 

 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

I pray you have had a blessed and prosperous week thus far. As you are aware, there is much concern surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These are serious times which require prayer and vigilance. Within the last few days, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In light of this we wish to share some information about how our church is responding to this crisis. 

 

We NOT have service on Sabbaths at our Church Building for the foreseeable future. We are encouraging all our members and visiting friends to remain at home this Sabbath, and livestream with us for Sabbath School @ 10:00am (via Prayer Line) and our NEW Church Without Walls Virtual Worship Experience @ 11:00am (Facebook Watch Party)

 

Additional Health Tips include:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, coughing, or sneezing
  • When possible, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from other people
  • Continuously clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your inner elbow if you cough or sneeze and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and/or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Where a face mask – only if you are sick

In closing, this is not to create panic, but to exercise precaution. Let us hold fast to our faith and embrace the word of God. We are prayerful in taking these measures to help ensure the safety and security of our members and guests. As a faith tradition, we fully embrace and affirm the worth and practice of personal and family prayer and devotion. I strongly encourage all families to use this time to pay attention to such spiritual disciplines and have candid conversations with your families about this critical time. Spend time talking to your children and helping them to further trust in God.

We look forward to worshiping with you this Sabbath via our Virtual Church and we pray that God’s peace rests upon you as we sojourn through this difficult time.

 

Sincerely,
Gordon C.A. Fraser, Senior Pastor
Dr. Casey E.L. Adams, Executive Pastor
Dr. Barbara Bellar, Associate Pastor

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