Please know that our leadership at Mildred is continually monitoring the concerns around COVID-19. While we look forward to worshipping together soon, we are also trying to act in the best interests of our church family and our community.
Below you will find what we are doing to be able to stay connected as a church family, and provide opportunities for all of us to walk in the good works which Christ Jesus created us to walk in. While we may not be able to meet together, we have provided opportunities for us to worship together, for us to sit under the teaching of God’s Word together, for us to give together, and for us to minister to our families together, as well as our community. Be encouraged church family, JESUS has overcome the world!
The Church REGATHERED! MBC has moved to one service on Sunday morning @ 10:30 AM. We ask that all families please wear face masks. We are working on the possibility of small groups starting soon.
Navarro County is experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases. We strongly encourage our members to strictly adhere to the Mayor's request (below):
June 24, 2020
Navarro County has seen a spike in COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks. As of this writing, June 23, 2020, there are 156 confirmed positive cases (63 active) with fourteen (14) probable cases, four (4) deaths and five (5) hospitalizations. This is a 350% increase in active cases since May 23, 2020.
Therefore, I would like to ask everyone to double the effort to stem the rise of COVID-19 cases. Each one of you has the power to limit the spread by taking personal responsibility, which includes frequent and effective handwashing, social distancing and wearing a face covering where appropriate. With everyone taking these proactive steps, the spread can be slowed and avoid further infections. I would also like to encourage every business owner to use discretion and put control measures in place that strongly encourage patrons and employees to wear face coverings if a six-foot distance between one another cannot be maintained.
A clever sign may read: No shoes, No shirt, No mask, No service. At this time, we are trusting the public to take personal responsibility and help contain and stop the virus. The City will continue to monitor the case counts and will reevaluate these mitigation efforts in a few days.
We need your help to get the city past this pandemic. Only through your actions will we be able to get back to a sense of normalcy and safeguard the health of your family and fellow citizens. Your continued patience and diligence in these stressful times is necessary to slow the community spread of a deadly disease.
For further details for the City of Corsicana contact www.cityofcorsicana.com. Also for a full list of state guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit https://open.texas.gov.
Don Denbow Mayor
After much prayer and preparation, we’re ready to resume worshipping in the Mildred Activity Center, and we hope you’re able to join us! This coming Sunday, June 7th, we will have two worship services: 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. Before going any further, let me say this: as excited as we are about being able to “regather” again, we also want to make this as safe as possible for everyone. So, if you have experienced any COVID-19-related symptoms in the last two weeks, or if you have compromising health issues, please continue to join us from the comfort of your home through our Mildred Facebook GROUP at www.facebook.com/groups/mildredlife/. You may not be comfortable returning to church right away… that’s okay! Know that our church family loves you and we want to protect you. We encourage you to continue worshipping with us through our Facebook group page until you’re ready to re-join us in person.
Here are some reminders and things you need to know for Sunday to make our “regather” experience a success:
The MBC Activity Center will be unlocked 15 minutes before worship starts. Please don’t arrive earlier than 9:15 AM or 10:45 AM. You can park anywhere you like. To help create a touchless environment, all external and internal entrances and exits will be manned by a greeter or will be propped open. Remember, we will not be offering preschool, Sunday School, children’s/student ministries, or providing a nursery at this time.
Face masks aren't required, but are strongly recommended, especially for the 9:30 AM service, as this is intended for those in the “high-risk” category. We expect this service to have fewer people as well. We encourage you to bring your own mask. However, if you don’t have one, we will have one available for you (if we have sufficient quantities). Please keep in mind that our supply is extremely limited at this time. For your protection, when you’re inside the building, please also adhere to the CDC’s recommended six-foot social distancing guidelines before, during, and after services. Once you've been seated please stay seated, unless you need to use the restroom. Portions of the building — specifically the worship areas and restrooms — have been thoroughly sanitized before, during, and after services. Drinking fountains will be turned off. Hand sanitizer will be made available.
Offering plates will not be passed. If you choose, you can drop your offering in our specially designated collection box near the entrance. You may also continue giving online or mailing a check to the church office if you'd prefer.
Steps we have taken to prepare the Mildred Activity Center for regathering….
Gym floor has been stripped and waxed.
Restrooms and hallways have been cleaned/sanitized and floors
New AC Filters (Allergen) for Gym.
White chairs have been cleaned/sanitized and will be spaced accordingly to maintain social distancing (please bring your own cushion).
Some key points to remember…..
9:30 AM Worship Service - Intended for those in the “high-risk” category (masks strongly encouraged)
9:15 AM – Doors Open
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM– Worship Service
*We ask ALL STAFF/VOLUNTEERS to please wear a mask
*This service will be recorded for our members and uploaded to our Mildred Facebook Group page as soon as possible. Hopefully, we can do this before 11 AM on Sunday, but our internet upload speed or other technical issues may prevent this from happening on the same day. Please be patient with us on this side of things, as our emphasis now shifts to our in person services.
*CDs/DVDs will continue to be mailed out or delivered Monday. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to provide the address to where you would like your DVD or CD to be mailed. This is a great option if you do not have access to Facebook or the internet.
In between the 1st/2nd service, we will prepare the Activity Center for the 2nd service by sanitizing the seats, restrooms, etc. We appreciate your cooperation in exiting both services as quickly as possible so that our teams can complete their cleaning.
11:00 AM Worship Service – Intended for “non high risk group” (although anyone may attend) (masks encouraged)
10:45 AM – Doors Open
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Worship Service
We are keeping our worship service times to 45 minutes to limit exposure. As the guidelines change or we get more information from our county/state, we will re-evaluate.
Our folks can choose to worship at 9:30 or 11 AM. This is a personal choice we prefer to leave to our congregation. We are simply laying out a plan and trying to create an atmosphere where our Mildred family will feel as comfortable as possible. The guidelines from the Governor’s office still recommends those in the “high-risk” category to worship from home online. But if you plan to attend, please wear a mask.
I think that's pretty much it! We look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday, whether in-person or online! Thank you for remaining prayerful, faithful, and flexible in these times. We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we navigate as responsibly as we can. Again, we are committed to protecting your health and safety and remain vigilant in taking every precaution possible.
Love One Another,
Pastor Jonathan and the Deacon Team
Thank you for taking time to complete the MBC Covid-19 Safety Survey. This information was both helpful and informative. The MBC leadership team will use this data to put together a reopen plan that will accommodate our congregation and community in the safest way possible. These are extraordinary times that we are living in and I especially appreciate your thoughts and input as we “regather” (I like this better than reopen).
We have targeted June 7th as a time for our the MBC family to regather at church (in person). This is provided there is no significant rise in the Covid-19 cases in our area or new developments from our county officials. At this point, we are just starting with worship only and plan to evaluate our other activities later. I am excited to see faces, hear laughter, and to do what God created us to do together-WORSHIP HIM.
We will be sending detailed information to you this upcoming week on our exact plan and how you can help us in the process moving forward. We are even preparing a video to show you the steps we’ve taken to get the Mildred Activity Center ready and how you can help us be the model “social distancing” church (we aren’t sure what that looks like yet, though). We will need additional volunteers, so if you feel comfortable doing so, please be in prayer about that. In addition, I have spoken with several area pastors and churches that have reopened and they have been gracious in providing some extremely helpful information. Our success will largely depend on all of us working together. Let’s spend time loving and helping one another. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” John 15:12
Please keep in mind that our plan(s) will need to be flexible and could be subject to change from time to time. This is new to ALL of us and our staff and deacons appreciate your prayers and patience. We are cooperating with the guidelines set forth from the Governor and our local officials as well.
Keep loving and praying for one another. Keep honoring God and sharing GOD’S GREAT LOVE!
Love In Christ,
The Mildred Baptist Church leadership is prayerfully considering reopening the church building and resuming live, in-person worship services soon. One critically important thing that you can do for church leadership right now is to provide us with your feedback on some of our initial plans. We have prepared a survey and would appreciate you taking time to complete it as soon as possible (one per family), but by no later than Wednesday, May 27th. This survey will help us in preparing our facility and in facilitating a plan that will make our corporate worship safe and enjoyable.
Please know that while all of this isn't anyone's first (or even second or third) choice, scripture shows us time and again how God takes things most would think are bad and uses it for our good and His glory! For example, many people have been engaging with MBC every Sunday online. And even though we're physically apart, I would dare to say that our church family has in many ways never felt closer together spiritually and as a community! For many of us, myself included, this pandemic has pushed us to really and truly be salt and light in our homes and neighborhoods - to be ministers of the Good News to those on our block and across our backyards. To God be the glory!
Thank you for your continued prayers, faithful giving, and constant support and encouragement in these unusual days - and thank you in advance for your understanding as we navigate this season together. If you have any questions, please email us at email@example.com. Again, your feedback via the survey is incredibly important as we consider any adjustments to the plan and work to finalize a specific reopening day - hopefully soon!
Love In Christ,
Pastor Jonathan & The Deacon Body
1. Mildred is planning to monitor and watch the response of the phase 1 reopening of Texas. Our Worship Services and Zoom groups will remain safely online during this time. In the meantime, we are beginning to prepare our Worship Center and other areas of the building for reopening. This will include major cleaning and sanitization of all areas. We realize that other churches in our area may choose to reopen sooner, but preparing our building properly and assuring that we can reopen safely is our #1 PRIORITY FOR FAMILIES AND GUESTS.
Mildred Community Pantry
YOU CAN DONATE
Our church library has been temporarily converted to hold supplies to be distributed to those in need in the surrounding community. You can donate items by dropping them off anytime under the "driveway" area of the church. The area is checked daily and all items collected.