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The Messenger

April 2020


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Update on Gathering Together Again
April 24, 2020
To TBC Pastors and Directors of Missions,
Like you, I was hoping to hear some clear direction from our governor today regarding guidance for reopening our churches as April 30 approaches and elements of our state are slowly moving forward. However, according to his statement this morning, that guidance won’t be clarified until next week. In light of that, I believe one consideration for you is to review the document the TBMB developed titled,” Gathering Together Again: Questions that Guide Moving Forward.” You should have received that earlier this week, but we are sending it again to be sure you have a copy. 

That document will help you assess your readiness, but I believe there are five considerations you should take into account.

·  Ultimately it is a local church decision (both in terms of autonomy and the church’s context relative to the pandemic).
·  Be prudent and make decisions based on the best available information for your area.
·  Consult with local health officials in making a decision as they will have the best understanding of area risks.
·  Consider the potential risks to members and visitors, especially those who might fall into high-risk categories.
·  Be a good neighbor and a good example to your community (What would it look like if you’re meeting and the community is locked down?).
Remember, just because steps are being taken to slowly open elements of our communities, not everything is opening, such as places where large numbers of people closely gather like sporting events, theatres and churches. Also, the April 30 adjustment to the governor’s stay at home order does not equate to an all clear. We are still operating in unchartered waters and your decision to move forward must be preceded by prayer and wisdom. 
As always, we are here to serve you in any way we can. Please stay tuned. We hope to have updated info to send you early next week. It is a joy to be on this journey with you even in these challenging days.
Randy C. Davis, President and Executive Director
Tennessee Baptist Mission Board 

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"Postponed till a later date"
Grainger Baptist Association
1st Annual
Men’s Conference
Our Evangelism team in the association is excited to inform you of a new opportunity for the men in our region, a men’s conference. To be at the Association building.
• Schedule:
Friday, April 17
6pm– Free BBQ dinner
7pm– Worship & Trevor Bayne
( former NASCAR Driver) to preach.
Saturday, April 18
8am– Free Breakfast
9am– Worship & Dennis Cagle to preach.
10am– Short break
10:30am– Worship & David Grantham to preach
11:30am– Dismissed
*As you can see it’s going to be an incredible event. We would love for your church to join in and invite as many lost men as you can to this free event. The purpose of this event is evangelism. We have 19,000+ lost people in our county. It gives each of our churches an op-portunity to invite our lost commu-nity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We Hope to see you there,
Grainger Baptist Association
Grainger Baptist Association
178 Cambridge Avenue
Rutledge, TN 37861