April 1, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of CBC:
We want to keep everyone apprised of our response to the latest COVID-19 update. The Virginia stay-at-home order is now in effect through June 10. Thank you for adjusting to rapid changes while maintaining a sweet, Christian spirit! This is just one of many reasons why I love CBC!
On Monday, March 30, Governor Ralph Northam announced executive order 55 (see full text here), which gave the strongest mandate on restricting travel and meetings. Law enforcement may now issue a misdemeanor citation for failure to abide by his order to stay home unless the travel is necessary for carrying out essential services, obtaining food or medical assistance, and certain other listed areas. However, "(1.f) Traveling to and from one’s residence, place of worship, or work" is allowed. Nevertheless, the conditions for gathering for church are still the same as under the earlier executive order 53, which include the following:
- Only ten or fewer are allowed in one group, such as in the auditorium; (this is what we are doing in the auditorium, foyer, and overflow areas); those attending must maintain at least six feet of distance.
- Although we have not yet made this decision, some are trying out "drive-in" church, where families stay in their vehicles so long as no more than ten people are in one vehicle. (We are considering the logistics and legal aspects and will let you know.)
- Those 65 and older are advised to stay home (due to their "at-risk" status).
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must stay home or seek medical care if symptoms become severe.
We rejoice that we have not been forced to close Central Baptist Church. We have maintained a scriptural balance between Romans 13:1 and Acts 5:29 as we are led of The Holy Spirit. Our people are 100% supportive, loyal, and very faithful in mailing in/dropping off tithes and offerings (thank you!). Services are live-streamed on youtube.cbcwoodbridge.org at 9:45am, 11am, and 6:30pm Sundays and at 7:30 Wednesdays. The new daily devotional From the Shepherd to the Sheep is enjoyed 7 days per week at 6am. We are receiving many texts and calls from those who are being blessed. (We love to hear from you!)
- Please note that the Annual Lord’s Supper observance scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th, is cancelled.
- Live-streaming of services will continue! Please introduce all your family (and friends and acquaintances) to our youtube.cbcwoodbridge.org opportunities. Text them the link, schedule, and tell them how you’re blessed. Urge them all to subscribe and to pass it along to their friends and acquaintance etc. Tell everyone why you love CBC!
- All other previously scheduled events and activities through June 10 are cancelled!
- Continue to witness and soul win as you have opportunities. The Great Commission has NOT been cancelled!
- Keep in touch with prayer requests and praises. Text me at 703-304-4217 anytime. God still hears and answers prayers! (Amen!) We are providing the form below for you to complete and return, or you may email your responses/requests to officecbcwoodbridge.org.
May God bless you!
Dr. Brad Weniger, Pastor
March 17, 2020
Dear Central Baptist Church Family and Friends:
We are living in the “perilous times” Paul described in 2 Timothy 3:1. Our Lord will enable us to come through these present challenges by His Grace and for His Glory!
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
- Philippians 4:13
We have been in touch with medical, governmental, and legal resources and will continue to lead CBC responsibly and scripturally through the days ahead. Details of our upcoming adjustments are herein enclosed and are being sent by email, USPS, text, and/or phone. Please contact Tina with your updated email and phone information today. Please take a few valuable moments to copy and send this letter to others who may not be receiving it.
In addition to the helpful input of my people, I have been blessed to receive counsel from The Christian Law Association and The Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists. The plan of action which we have developed has been described as “astute” and as “the best church plan,” for which we give God all The Glory!
Of course, our primary concern has been for life, health, and well-being of people. We continue to extend our sincere condolences to those who have lost loved ones to the coronavirus. We are praying for those who are ill. If you are sick, or know you have been exposed to the virus, or if you are at high-risk (elderly, medically compromised, etc.), we ask you to remain at home. Thank you.
President Trump and Governor Northam have spoken. They have declared that gatherings should not exceed ten persons. Therefore, until restrictions are lifted, we ask everyone who can receive our live-stream services to remain at home and watch with family and friends. For those who do not or cannot receive live-stream (and are healthy and not at-risk), we will allow ten people in our auditorium, and ten additional people in each of our two overflow areas, etc. We will not be running buses and our van to services. (Workers may individually wish to meet with up to ten of their riders for informal “mini-services” to be announced by the individual workers.) WNA is suspended for now.
With a quantity of disinfectant brought in from out-of-state (thank you for your sacrificial donation), we will ask our workers to continue to wipe down all surfaces. We have suspended handshaking. We will observe legal crowd size requirements in each of our confined areas. There will be legal overflow options provided. (We realize that this may change, and we will adjust when it does.)
Changes to begin this Wednesday: We will commence live-streaming of services Sunday School 9:45am, Sunday 11am, Sunday 6:30pm, and Wednesday 7:30pm. I repeat, this will begin this Wednesday, March 18! You may watch us on YouTube at youtube.cbcwoodbridge.org. Our IT people can help you to do this.
Thank you in advance for your faithful financial support! We appreciate your understanding in this vital matter. At this time, please feel free to mail in your regular tithes and additional offerings. Your giving will enable Central Baptist Church to continue to pay its ongoing bills and support worldwide missions. I cannot overstate the importance of your giving today.
Services, activities, ministries, and events at Central Baptist Church may continue as we are able, but will be subject to limitations. In the event that we find it necessary to cancel, postpone, re-format, or alter these in any way, we will make every effort to keep you well-informed.
Thank you for your prayers. They mean so much! God loves you, and so do we! God bless you, and may He keep you safe and well!
Dr. Brad Weniger, Pastor