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The Week's Top News
Convention offers guidance for restarting in-person services
By Biblical Recorder and BSC Communications
April 27 2020
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order on March 30 that severely limited public and commercial activity, banned gatherings of 10 or more and directed individuals to follow social distancing practices... read more
ADF confronts Wake County for targeting churches
By Alliance Defending Freedom & Biblical Recorder Staff
April 28 2020
Wake County announced April 24 that churches may now use prepacked communion elements and allow congregants to drop tithes and other monetary donations into boxes at drive-in church services.  Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and Shanahan Law Group sent a letter April 24 to Wake County regarding an April 15 amendment to its COVID-19 emergency proclamation that unconstitutionally treats churches and other houses of worship worse than similarly situated non-religious organizations... read more
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center furloughs employees, plans to restart elective surgeries
By Biblical Recorder Staff
April 28 2020
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced April 22 that some leadership and administrative staff members may begin furlough as early as this week. Wake Forest Baptist said in a statement to the Winston-Salem Journal April 23 that “most employees in our health system will be participating in (changing) time or pay in some fashion... read more
When restrictions ease, what will worship look like?
By Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
April 28 2020
Over the past few weeks and days, I’ve spoken with many pastors who continue to pray for God’s wisdom as they faithfully lead their church congregations through these uncharted waters. They are giving their best efforts in helping their people navigate through lifestyle changes that families are struggling with, but are necessary because of widespread sickness and loss of many lives due to COVID-19... read more
California church makes masks, gowns to fight COVID-19
By David Roach, Baptist Press
April 28 2020
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages have yielded an opportunity for one Riverside church to share the love of Christ with health care workers and emergency personnel. During the past three weeks, Sandals Church has converted its in-house manufacturing facility – normally used to make furniture, signage and sermon props among other items – into a PPE production line to help battle the coronavirus pandemic... read more
Eager to 'reopen'

As we look toward the month of May, everyone is eager to return to their normal habits as COVID-19 restrictions are expected to begin easing. Each of us has elements of life that we miss from the time before coronavirus, especially gathering with our local churches in Sunday worship.

I want to encourage our readers in two ways as we approach the coming weeks.

1) Be diligent as you read and share information. State and local governments will continue to communicate lots of information about when and how restrictions will lift. North Carolina has announced a pending three-phase process for "reopening." There are plenty of opportunities for mistaken or confusing information to spread. Take the extra time to read, understand and share accurate news.

2) Be gracious as leaders make tough decisions and as neighbors react to the obstacles they face. This is a unique time for all of us. We each have opinions that are shaped by our understanding and our life situation. We don't have to agree about the best way forward. But we should be kind and patient with one another.

As always, your BR staff will be here to provide the information and inspiration you need to stay focused on the Great Commission.

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Seth Brown
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