From the Desk of Pastor Paul Wilson, II.
Endtime United Ministries
7416 Evelyn T. Butts Avenue | 757.853.2439

 Praise the Lord Saints of the Most High God: 

I want to take the time to provide our fourth released statement to our local assembly regarding the spread of COVID-19 and our position and responsibility as members of the Body of Christ.  So much has taken place in our state and in our nation since our last statement on April 28, 2020.  Seemingly, the focus on COVID-19 has shifted to the inevitability that we are a long way from the racial equality and social justice that is mentioned in the Bible and taught by civil rights leaders.  We must see these as praying times, understanding that our God is attuned to the effectual and fervent prayers of the righteous. 

We are still operating in the promise that God is a keeper and a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 121:5, 46:1).  I remain proud to serve as the Pastor of Endtime United Ministries, seeing the love and support that each of you has given while we have had to adjust almost weekly from all of the things that are happening.  Know this—that what has us in a state of reaction is not a surprise to God.  This truth alone gives me a blessed assurance that God has all things in control. 

In the June 2, 2020 press conference, Governor Northam announced that our state will enter Phase II on Friday, June 5, 2020.  While we are undoubtedly making progress through our commitment to God’s Word and obedience to the recommendations of science, I want to remind you that this virus is still present and has not gone away.  Because of this, I urge you not to take down your stance, and to continue to be vigilant in wearing a face mask in public, using proper hand washing techniques, and maintaining social distancing.  This means we must be wise in our social interactions and take the precautions we need to stay safe over these pivotal weeks. 

This statement provides an update from our April 28 memo regarding each area of our ministry.  The next few pages will delineate our plan as of June 3, 2020 for addressing the safety and health of our congregation and community.  Again, thank you for your commitment to this local assembly, and for your faith in the God that is within your leadership to make well-informed, wise, and spiritual decisions on behalf of our church.

Pastor Paul M. Wilson, II.

CHANGES


SERVICES

Beginning Sunday, June 7, 2020 and effective through Saturday, July 4, 2020, all services and planned fellowships for Endtime United Church will be suspended.  Sunday morning worship and word will continue to take place via Facebook Live Streaming (with appropriate social distancing rules in place) at 10:00 AM each Sunday.  Bible study will be conducted on Zoom on the following Wednesday evenings at 7PM: June 24 and July 1.  Please keep the following additional items in mind:

  • Please remember that I have made a decision that we will return to normal operations 21 days after the Governor has placed us in Phase III. This means that when Virginia is opened back up, we will remain on hiatus for another 21 days to be sure we are properly quarantined, equipped, and prepared for our return to the sanctuary.  During this 21-day period, we will be on an around the clock Daniel Fast.  On Day 21, we will have an evening of praise and worship in the sanctuary.  The dates of the fast and of the evening of praise and worship are pending since we are not yet in Phase III of reopening. 
  • We will be planning several appreciation dates for our members soon and will also celebrate a “homecoming week” 7 days prior to returning to the sanctuary. I will keep you posted on these developments when appropriate. 
  • When services reconvene, we ask that any person that is ill remain at home and watch us on Facebook Live. God is omnipresent and omnipotent—while there is help in the sanctuary, remember that YOU are the church, and your faith makes you whole, whether you are able to attend service, or are at home having service on the altar of your heart.  If you are well, please do not forsake the assembly of the saints (Hebrews 10:25).  We WANT you at church, and NEED you at church, but only when you are WELL ENOUGH to attend!
BAPTISM

Baptism is a sacred part of our faith journey. We will follow the same procedures for Baptism that are in place for our services. To be baptized, you should set an appointment through our church secretary, Lisa Saunders once we are back to normal operations. We will disinfect our baptismal pool regularly and will take every precaution to make baptism a safe experience. As a general practice moving forward, we will not baptize anyone running a fever of 99.0 or higher or anyone who has been caring for someone running a fever. We also will not baptize anyone with symptoms of a viral infection (runny nose, sore throat, coughing, sneezing, chills, or any other flu-like symptoms). 

 

DESIGNED TO GIVE

Until further notice, the monthly designed to give campaign will continue through donation to humanitarian efforts across our local assembly and the nation. Please continue to contribute to this proselytizing wing of our ministry every first Sunday or through cash app continuously. This is the time to be a blessing to the world! Our focus moving forward will be on first responders that are reporting to duty for our safety and benefit during this crisis. 

TRAVEL AND FELLOWSHIP

All plans for travel outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be cancelled for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. This includes any events that were on the church calendar that have been planned during this time frame. These events will be rescheduled as necessary and when possible. Any new requests for travel outside of Virginia for church related functions for the year 2020 will not be approved by my office. You are also reminded that no person should enter the church at any time during this moratorium without the direct permission of Pastor Wilson. 

OFFERING

We strongly recommend that each of you sign up to give your tithe and offering through our church Cash App ($EUCIS4ME) if you have not already done so. It’s safe and convenient, and provides you with an instant summary of your giving throughout the year. Our CashApp handle is also linked to our website if you prefer not to download the application to your electronic device. Simply go to www.eucisforme.org and click on the “GIVE” option. For those looking to give their tithe and offering in the traditional manner during our suspension of in-person services, please make an appointment directly with Sister Lisa Saunders. We are also actively exploring other giving options such as PayPal and Givelify. We will provide more information on this as we move forward. This is the time to be sure you continue to tithe according to God’s Word in Malachi 3:10. 

WELCOME ADDRESS

We are a warm and loving congregation and it shows each week during our worship services. However, until this crisis concludes, we’re asking that you would replace hugs and handshakes with smiles and waves. While we acknowledge our guests, we will eliminate the walk around greeting until the COVID- 19 crisis abates. 

CHURCH SANITATION 

Our church was properly sanitized and will be further maintained by Trustworthy Janitorial Services. Our church will also resume to its regular weekly cleaning schedule starting April 30, 2020. While being away, we have installed touch less paper towel and soap dispensers to assist with our proper hygiene efforts. We are also working on touch less hand sanitizing stations for the church. 

COMMUNION

Holy Communion will be served through pre-packaged, individually wrapped Communion elements until further notice.  While our leadership team works diligently to serve communion in a safe manner, this will further reduce the risk of spreading all infection.  Our next corporate communion date will be on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020.  We will deliver drive-through communion on Saturday, June 13. 

OUR SPIRITUAL RESPONSE

Every leader in our church is required to fast from midnight until noon every Wednesday until further notice.  Also, each person who is able should join us on our zoom prayer meetings every Monday and Friday at noon reconvening on June 22. 

GENERAL CARE

We encourage you to take some time to understand proper prevention measures to avoid spreading the virus by reading through the CDC recommendations here. 

Here are some of the basic measures listed on the CDC website: 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty. 

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