LEARN MORE: CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Amidst concerns surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to let you know how Dixie Lee Baptist Church is responding.

Our leadership team is carefully and continually monitoring this situation. As information evolves, this page is the primary, most up-to-date place for you to receive answers to commonly asked questions. We are committed to doing everything we can to provide a safe environment for our church family and surrounding community.

Updated 3/19/20:
If, as a member of DLBC, you or someone you know needs help or assistance during these difficult days, please contact your deacon or the church office.

 

IS DLBC GATHERING THIS SUNDAY?

 
Updated 3/19/20:
While we will not be gathering at 14650 Old Stage Road, Lenoir City, for worship services on Sunday, March 22, or Sunday, March 29, we will be streaming the morning worship service at 10:15 a.m. both Sundays via Facebook Live on our DLBC Facebook page. We will evaluate if it will be possible to gather April 5 for Palm Sunday and will make that information available on this page as soon as we know. We will only be streaming morning worship services through March 29. While we understand some members might not have Facebook access, Facebook Live is the most efficient and cost effective way for us to worship online. There is no cost for DLBC members to set up a Facebook account and gain access to Facebook Live.
 
Find Dixie Lee Baptist Church’s Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DixieLeeBaptistChurch

 

IS DLBC GATHERING WEDNESDAY?

Updated 3/19/20:
Because local schools have cancelled in-person classes through April 3, we will have no midweek activities on our campus until Wednesday, April 8. We will continue to evaluate the ever-changing situation and update this page.

 

ARE DLBC BUILDINGS OPEN ON WEEKDAYS?

Updated 3/19/20:

No. At this time, DLBC buildings are closed to the public and activities through April 4 have either been cancelled or postponed. In addition, certain ministries in the church may decide not to meet at various times for various reasons. For more information on individual ministries and/or meetings, please contact your ministry leader and refer to our online calendar that is updated frequently by our administrative staff.

 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO DLBC BUILDINGS?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu and other illnesses, including:

• Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

• Using hand sanitizer when soap and water is not available.

• Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

• Staying home if you are sick.

• Covering your cough or sneeze.

• Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly.

 

WHAT PRECAUTIONS IS DLBC TAKING TO MAKE DLBC GATHERINGS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE?

DLBC is taking extra cleaning precautions at this time. This includes:

• Wiping down all common area touchpoints (e.g., doors, light switches, countertops, etc.) with a safe disinfectant.

• Continuing to place hand sanitizers in common areas throughout the buildings.

• Performing added in-depth cleaning of our facilities on a regular basis. When warranted, deep cleans could involve closing DLBC buildings on certain weekdays, and we will include all information about scheduled closures on this webpage (see above under, “Are DLBC buildings open on weekdays?”).

In our nurseries and children’s areas, after each gathering, our volunteers and staff have been asked to sterilize various surfaces used by our children. We will continue to follow our standard health protocols, not admitting any child with an elevated temperature (above 99.6 F). A child must also be fever free for 24 hours before coming to worship and programs for children. You can help us by closely monitoring your children for any symptoms and being understanding if we feel we cannot accept your kids into our programs due to health concerns.

We encourage everyone to take commonsense precautions and consider creative interactions (like elbow bumping or a “holy wave” instead of hand shaking!).

 

HOW CAN I BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CORONAVIRUS?

Coronavirus is a type of virus that causes respiratory illness — an infection of the airways and lungs. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus. It is part of the same family of coronaviruses that includes the common cold. The coronavirus outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Since then, the virus has spread to other countries.

The most common early symptoms appear between 2 and 14 days after infection. Symptoms can be mild to severe. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention. Most people recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

Like many other viruses, the coronavirus seems to spread person to person through a cough, sneeze, or kiss. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention updates risk status regularly on their website at cdc.gov/coronavirus. You can also find more information from the World Health Organization.

 

HOW SHOULD I RESPOND SPIRITUALLY TO THE CORONAVIRUS?

The coronavirus is one more reminder that we live in a fallen world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. Ultimately, none of us are immune to any of these things. But that’s why the gospel is such good news. God has not left us alone in this world of sickness, sin, suffering, and death. He has come to us in the person of Jesus. The greatest news in all the world is that Jesus lived a life with no sin, died on a cross to pay the price for our sin, and rose from the grave in victory over sin and death. Now anyone anywhere who turns from their sin and trusts in Jesus will be forgiven of all their sin and restored to relationship with God forever. That means that through Jesus, we never have to fear sickness or death because we know we have eternal life with God.

If you do not know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to put your faith in Jesus. And if you do know that you have eternal life with God, we urge you to share your faith in Jesus with others. Times like these remind us all of the fragility of life and the inevitability of death. So let’s spread the greatest news that death has been defeated and eternal life is available to all who trust in Jesus.

In addition to trusting in Jesus and sharing about Jesus with others, here’s some other ways you can respond to the coronavirus:

• Trust in God as the good and sovereign Creator and Sustainer of life upon whom we all depend.

• Pray for mercy for the sick, strength for doctors, insight for researchers, and wisdom for officials.

• Look for opportunities to love and care for others, whether they are sick, isolated, marginalized, poor, or oppressed.

• Avoid every semblance of prejudice or racism. In light of the origination of this virus in Asia, it has been grievous to see a rise in racist incidents against the Asian community. We want every Asian-American (as well as Asians around the world) to feel and know the love of Christ. So just as we do in any circumstance, guard against all prejudice or racism in your thoughts, your words, and your actions.

• Even if we are unable to gather at certain times, stay closely connected to the church family. Gather with smaller groups as appropriate, and participate in worship gatherings online if that’s the only option.

• Continue to faithfully give financial offerings online or by mail so that the ministry of the church thrives all the more in the midst of difficult days.

• Reflect often on the brevity of life, the urgency of eternity, and the beauty of the gospel.