Dear Good News Bible Church Family:
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Governor Kim Reynolds addressed our state due to the dramatically increasing cases of Covid-19 in Iowa. Governor Reynolds outlined several new mandates and restrictions in an attempt to protect the health of the public while reducing the stress upon hospitals that this increase is causing. As you may know, the dramatic increase in cases of Covid-19 in Johnson County has even resulted in the closure of all public schools for a period of at least two weeks.
On Tuesday evening the elders of the Good News Bible Church met to discuss measures we should take to comply with the Governor’s recommendations. Two operational principles helped guide our thought process in this decision: 1. Our commitment to provide live, in-person worship 2. Our commitment to provide a hygienic worship environment that complies with the aforementioned recommendations.
With this in mind, the elders have decided to adopt two measures that will be in effect for all official events of the Good News Bible Church from Sunday, November 15th, 2020, through Monday, November 30th, 2020.
1. Face coverings are required when entering the building. Once you are seated in either your Sunday School Class or in the sanctuary, face coverings may be removed when the seating is set up to honor the required six feet of social distancing (Our sanctuary, foyer, and basement overflow seating is in compliance with this standard.) When leaving socially distanced areas, please put your face covering back on until outside of the building. (As per our local ordinance, face coverings are not mandatory for small children, individuals with intellectual disabilities, or individuals with chronic breathing problems.)
2. Sit with your family group during worship. (i.e. household, roommates, family members).
We believe these measures are not restrictive to our worship experience and may help in decreasing the transmission of the virus within our congregation.
Finally, if you or someone you know has attended a Good News Bible Church event and then developed Covid-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for the virus, PLEASE contact the church office (319-354-3331 or email@example.com) or one of the elders or staff as quickly as possible. Your response will be helpful in allowing us to take the appropriate actions to inform affected individuals and the congregation. If you have been exposed to someone with Covid-19 please remain home from the church for the (CDC) recommended 14 days and view the service online.
If you have any questions about the application of these stated measures please call one of the following individuals for further explanation or clarification: Pastor Chris Arch #319-321-0836, Pastor Richard Wootonn #319-541-3986, Elder Barry Bedford #319-330-3510, Elder Jim Mays #319-936-8740, Elder Jim Schlott #319-331-8629.
We appreciate your Christ-like attitude in helping to implement these temporary measures.
Senior Pastor Chris Arch
Good News Bible Church
August 12, 2020
On August 4, 2020 the Johnson County Board of Health enacted a face covering regulation and submitted it to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for approval pursuant to Iowa code 137.104. Subsequently, on August 6, 2020, the Johnson County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution approving the Johnson County Board of Health regulation, thereby making it a matter of law. The effective date was August 10 and a violation of this requirement is a simple misdemeanor. The regulation does allow for exemptions for individuals, which include specific medical, mental health or legal issues and social distancing requirements. The official text of the regulation can be found at: www.johnson-county.com/dept_supervisors_news.aspx If you click on the item for 8–6-20 under “News Releases” you will find it. We recommend that you read it if you believe you may be eligible for an exemption.
It should be noted that Pastor Arch attended both the Johnson County Board of Health and the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meetings virtually, and was allowed to present his request that worship services be granted an exemption. Both boards received his request but chose to not make any changes in the version that was initially presented. Pastor Arch also discussed the issue with an attorney from the Alliance for Defending Freedom who recommended compliance with the regulations, but noted the listed exemptions.
In our commitment to have in-person/live worship, the Good News Board of Elders met this morning and reviewed the resolution and discussed how it applies to our worship service and activities. Since the Face Covering Regulation now carries the weight of law, the Elders unanimously agreed to abide by the requirements based on our understanding of Romans 13:1-6, which requires us to submit to the civil government and recognizes its right to care for citizens and implement rules and laws to protect us. Because we do not believe this regulation restricts our ability to worship, we are requesting that all who enter the church for worship or other activities abide by the law and wear a mask, face shield or appropriate face covering and appropriately social distance, unless you are exempt from the regulation.
Comments made at the Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting by an Assistant County Attorney and in the press release from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors indicate that the regulation allows for people to not wear the mask when they can meet the social distancing requirements, as we have in our seating. Therefore, the Elders are asking you to wear your mask/face shield as you enter and exit the building, but you may choose to remove it once you are seated for worship. After worship is over please put your mask back on. To reiterate, you will need to wear a mask or shield at all times when you are in the building except for when you are socially distanced at your seat during the worship service (unless you are exempted per the regulation).
If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Pastor Arch, Pastor Wootonn, Pastor Ilten, Barry Bedford, Jim Schlott or Jim Mays
The 59 “One Anothers” of the New Testament
1. “…Be at peace with each other.” (Mark 9:50)
2. “…Wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14)
3. “…Love one another…” (John 13:34)
4. “…Love one another…” (John 13:34)
5. “…Love one another…” (John 13:35)
6. “…Love one another…” (John 15:12)
7. “…Love one another” (John 15:17)
8. “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love…” (Romans 12:10)
9. “…Honor one another above yourselves. (Romans 12:10)
10. “Live in harmony with one another…” (Romans 12:16)
11. “…Love one another…” (Romans 13:8)
12. “…Stop passing judgment on one another.” (Romans 14:13)
13. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you…” (Romans 15:7)
14. “…Instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)
15. “Greet one another with a holy kiss…” (Romans 16:16)
16. “…When you come together to eat, wait for each other.” (I Cor. 11:33)
17. “…Have equal concern for each other.” (I Corinthians 12:25)
18. “…Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (I Corinthians 16:20)
19. “Greet one another with a holy kiss.” (II Corinthians 13:12)
20. “…Serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
21. “If you keep on biting and devouring each other…you will be destroyed by each other.” (Galatians 5:15)
22. “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” (Galatians 5:26)
23. “Carry each other’s burdens…” (Galatians 6:2)
24. “…Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2)
25. “Be kind and compassionate to one another…” (Ephesians 4:32)
26. “…Forgiving each other…” (Ephesians 4:32)
27. “Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” (Ephesians 5:19)
28. “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
29. “…In humility consider others better than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
30. “Do not lie to each other…” (Colossians 3:9)
31. “Bear with each other…” (Colossians 3:13)
32. “…Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.” (Colossians 3:13)
33. “Teach…[one another]” (Colossians 3:16)
34. “…Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
35. “…Make your love increase and overflow for each other.” (I Thessalonians 3:12)
36. “…Love each other.” (I Thessalonians 4:9)
37. “…Encourage each other…”(I Thessalonians 4:18)
38. “…Encourage each other…” I Thessalonians 5:11)
39. “…Build each other up…” (I Thessalonians 5:11)
40. “Encourage one another daily…” Hebrews 3:13)
41. “…Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
42. “…Encourage one another.” (Hebrews 10:25)
43. “…Do not slander one another.” (James 4:11)
44. “Don’t grumble against each other…” (James 5:9)
45. “Confess your sins to each other…” (James 5:16)
46. “…Pray for each other.” (James 5:16)
47. “…Love one another deeply, from the heart.” (I Peter 3:8)
48. “…Live in harmony with one another…” (I Peter 3:8)
49. “…Love each other deeply…” (I Peter 4:8)
50. “Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (I Peter 4:9)
51. “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others…” (I Peter 4:10)
52. “…Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another…”(I Peter 5:5)
53. “Greet one another with a kiss of love.” (I Peter 5:14)
54. “…Love one another.” (I John 3:11)
55. “…Love one another.” (I John 3:23)
56. “…Love one another.” (I John 4:7)
57. “…Love one another.” (I John 4:11)
58. “…Love one another.” (I John 4:12)
59. “…Love one another.” (II John 5)