The purpose of this post is to update you on how Governor Northam’s new COVID restrictions will affect Cherrydale. Executive Order 67 was released 11/13/2020 and takes effect 11/16/2020.

First, we WILL gather in-person for worship Sunday, Nov. 15 at 9 and 11am and for the Members Gathering Sunday evening (4:30-6:00pm). Though EO67 restricts gatherings of more than 25 people, religious services are exempt provided they take certain safety measures (masking, distancing, cleaning, etc.). We fully adhere to these guidelines already and will continue to do so. Please make every effort to join with us in person for both. A livestream will be available for those unable to do so.

Second, our COVID task force will meet Monday, Nov. 16 to determine how other ministries beyond our Sunday worship gathering may be affected by these restrictions. Look for a follow-up communication from us early this coming week.

While this news comes with disappointment, our kind and powerful Father has brought this to us for His glory and our eternal good. Therefore, we will trust Him and are grateful for every opportunity we have to gather in His name.

We’re encouraged that according to the Virginia Department of Health, the Northern Health Region continues to mitigate the spread of this disease very well. While cases have increased slightly, hospitalizations and deaths remain low. Continue to pray for healing for those impacted and those treating them, comfort for those who have lost loved ones, and for swift and effective work on a vaccine. Pray for wisdom, both for government officials and for us as we respond to these developments.

Pray also that God would strengthen our hearts today and provide us with a long view of His purposes in our lives and a deep sense of satisfaction that He has made us His own through the gospel. And come ready to praise His name with His people!

Psalm 34
[1] I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
[2] My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad.
[3] Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together! (ESV)

Ready to exalt His name with you!

Tom Oostdyk
Lead Pastor, Cherrydale Baptist Church