WEEKLY NEWS, NOVEMBER 29, 2020

WHAT’S HAPPENING

 Parking lot repair

 December 1st. . . . Elders Meeting, Budget review

 December 6th . . . . Kirk Eason from South Africa Bible College will be speaking during worship

 December 13th . . . a special collection will be taken up for Eastern European Mission (EEM)

GOING AWAY

Our dear sister Charlotte Hastings will be leaving our midst in mid to late December, making a move to the Arlington area. As is our custom, we like to send off our friends with a heartfelt gift, such as a $$ Tree. Please give your money to Paula Welch, who will construct our Gift of Love.

WEDNESDAY PM BIBLE CLASSES

Videos all through December except December 23rd, two days before Christmas

PARKING LOT WORK

As noted by a number of our members, the condition of our building’s parking lot has deteriorated in recent months. The condition is scheduled to be corrected and improved over the next couple of weeks by AllStar Paving, who will be cleaning, patching, filling cracks, applying sealant and restriping. They will take our times of services into consideration as they perform their work. If you come to the building during this time frame, please give consideration to the barriers and cautionary tapes and signs.

COVID-19 TESTING QUARANTINE

If you have been tested for Covid-19 it is recommended that you remain in quarantine until you get results.

If you are positive, you will need to remain in isolation for 10 days from the onset of symptoms. if you have no symptoms, the ten days are measured from the time of the test. You will need to be symptom free and fever free (without the aid of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.) at least 24 hours before coming out of isolation.

Covid-19 patients are infectious for 48 hours BEFORE their onset of symptoms. All significant contacts of Covid-19 positive individuals, from the 48 hour period before symptoms began, should also quarantine. These individuals will need to quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with you. Testing on their part will not shorten their length of their quarantine.

A negative test at day 7 of quarantine, for instance, does NOT mean you can release early, as the virus may not exhibit symptoms or cause a positive test for 14 days. Therefore it is not necessary to get tested from a standpoint of quarantine, as it will not allow you to be released early. We do not recommend testing of some individuals in quarantine to assess the spread of the virus from an organization standpoint. (For instance, to assess the spread of Covid-19 in schools, nursing homes, jails, and assisted living facilities, as well as certain businesses).

Finally, a word on testing before returning to work. Some individuals remain positive for pieces of the virus for several months after they recover. These individuals are no longer infectious, they simply remain positive on the test. Repeat testing, therefore, is not recommended, as it can lengthen the isolation period unnecessarily. – Jack Franklin, MD, Hill Country Direct Care, Local Health Authority, Llano, TX

BEAUTIFUL FOOTNOTES

SOUTH AFRICA BIBLE COLLEGE

Next Sunday, we will be blessed to have Kirk Eason, the US representative of the South Africa Bible College, who will be here to report on this work which we help support. In that work, we support Nhlanhla Pascal Dlomo in his studies at SABC. Here is Pascal’s latest report. Keep him and all of SABC in your thoughts and prayers. For the elders, Ken D

Dear Brethren

I would like to pass my greetings in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. I write this letter having heard of how things are going there in USA and I shall keep on praying for things to get better, for we are in this together. I would not lie even on our side, here in the country things are not good as well and we are now seeing the increase in new infection rate and that is really alarming.

Brethren writing to you is never an issue or burdensome and I do it out of my free will; for it is nothing compared to the support you give to this institution. It is to my knowledge that the good work taking place here at the Collage is greatly supported by your generous giving which I personally really appreciate. Thus I have not ceased to ask our faithful Lord to keep on blessing you. I believe that we can all agree that this year has been hard on many of us if not all of us and the presence of this virus has disturbed many things. I for one have experienced some disturbance in a number of ways which includes my studies to the point that I even had thought of dropping them to pick them up again next year if possible. It was not easy studying at home for that alone comes with its own distractions, but what made my experience of studying at home unpleasant was the sometime unreliable network connection which at times would not be able to sustain the way we went about to achieve the online learning. Thus I wish and pray that things will not be bad here in the country that we will have to study online again.

With that being said, I am thankful to God for carrying me and the rest of the students through those hard time. We are now back on the campus and a good job has been done as far as the protective measures against this virus are concerned. Now one must try to focus on the final exams to be written in a few weeks time. Then for the upcoming holydays at home I am planning to go around sharing the gospel. I can hope that I will not pick up this disease (Covid-19). It is evidential that this virus kills but still I will go and preach being moved by the fact that sin kills too.

Brethren I know things are tough but be strong and courageous. Hang in there for this too shall pass. In God we trust and do not get weary in doing good to all for your good works for the Lord are not in vain and keeping in mind that we are created in Christ for good works. May God bless you in the name of Jesus.

From: Nhlanhla Pascal Dlomo

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