Some Updates

Your shepherds (elders) and sheepdogs (individuals who intentionally look after your safety) met together a couple of weeks ago to evaluate what we are doing, and to explore additional measures we might take, to keep everyone safe at church. This is obviously not a new concern for the elders. We’ve long had procedures in place to assure the safety of our children, fire alarms are at all exits, a smoke alarm system was installed years ago, we have an AED defibrillator in the hallway, and several have been carrying concealed since it was made legal.

We started locking the front doors after the worship service starts a couple of months ago, and have now started locking the side entrance before the morning message. Church doors will also be kept locked during the week. Last week we had the alarm system completely tested, and put up additional signs to indicate that we do have security in our church facility. Specific protocols in case of weather emergency, fire, or hostile incursion are being formulated to share with ushers, nursery workers and teachers.

Obviously the specifics of every possible emergency cannot be anticipated, but we do feel a responsibility to do what we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. If there is something more you feel we should be doing, please let me, Mark, or one of the elders know what it might be.

On a different note, I want to update you on personal plans. I’ve shared with you the fact that cancer has been found in my prostate, and that I was exploring options for treatment. I have now decided to proceed with brachytherapy, the implantation of radioactive seeds. I’m scheduled to have a volume study on March 20 to make certain I’m a good candidate for this form of treatment, and to determine how many titanium seeds to prepare for implantation that will take place a month later.

In the meantime, I’m heading for Mickey Mouse World for my last trip there with the grandkids. Now don’t get the wrong idea. I simply mean this will hopefully conclude my obligatory grandfatherly trips to a place that has never been on my personal bucket list.

Mark will be preaching next week, but I’m planning to be back in the pulpit on the 11th.

God Bless, Rick

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