May 1, 2021 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

All I can say is “PRAISE THE LORD!”  Our God is so good literally all of the time!  Here at Moab Baptist, we truly are a blessed people, and the spirit here is GREAT.  We continue to have visitors from Moab and across the country (and have had since this whole pandemic “thing” started).  By the way, ALL VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME FOR ANY AND ALL SERVICES.

Moab is VERY busy!  People from all over are here for the outdoor experience and the various events.  Restaurants are fully opened without social distanced seating.

The State of Utah is no longer under a “mask mandate”; however, Grand County and Moab City, by their own requests and decisions, remain under a “mask mandate”.

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), and even though you see scores of people walking around with facemasks, driving in vehicles (alone even) with facemasks, running with facemasks, cycling and biking with facemasks, they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter) – this is per the health order.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, please wear a mask.

Moab Baptist continues to have in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).  Again, visitors are always welcome.

We continue to have livestreamed services on our website and Facebook LIVE.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

Keep looking to the Lord, reading your Bible, praying, and sharing Christ with others.  Bottom line: keep on being faithful!  By the way, THANK YOU for your faithfulness.

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

 

Links to the following:

Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com

State of Utah Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.utah.gov

 

 

April 1, 2021 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

You know, our church and church family have been truly blessed by the Lord!  The spirit among our folks is GREAT.  We’ve had several visitors from Moab and across the country (and have had since this whole pandemic “thing” started).  By the way, VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME FOR ANY AND ALL SERVICES.

Moab is very busy!  People from all over are here for the outdoor experience and the various events.

For almost a month (since I posted last on March 6), Southeast Utah Health Department’s website, Grand County (Moab) has been in the MODERATE level for rate of transmission.  Restaurants are fully opened without social distanced seating.  Grand County and Moab City, along with pretty much the rest of Utah, remains under a “mask mandate”.  Apparently, Utah’s Governor Cox is lifting the mask mandate across the State on April 10-ish.  Lord willing he does just that!  It remains to be seen what our illustrious County and City officials do. 

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter) – this is per the health order.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, please wear a mask.

Moab Baptist continues to have in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).  Visitors are always welcome.

We continue to have livestreamed services on Facebook LIVE, Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

Keep looking to the Lord, reading your Bible, praying, and sharing Christ with others.  Bottom line: keep on being faithful!  By the way, THANK YOU for your faithfulness.

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  6) In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Links to the following:

Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com

 
March 6, 2021 - UDPATE
 
Dear Church Family & Friends,
 
GOOD NEWS! 
 
I believe it was actually yesterday or the day before (March 4 or 5) that this was posted on Southeast Utah Health Department’s website (seuhealth.com) – Grand County (Moab) is officially in the MODERATE level for rate of transmission.  Not sure what this actually means in a “practical sense”, but this is good news!
 
Grand County and Moab City, along with pretty much the rest of Utah, remains under a “mask mandate”.
 
While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter) – this is per the health order.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, please wear a mask.
 
And here’s the ongoing request: because of the “anonymous snitches” roaming the streets of Moab and turning unsuspecting and, most likely, innocent businesses into Utah’s Department of Labor for not having employees wear masks, I’ve asked our church family to wear a mask into and out of the church building.
 
Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).  Visitors are always welcome.  We continue to have livestreamed services on Facebook LIVE, Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).
 
Keep looking to the Lord.  Keep reading your Bible.  Keep on praying.  Keep on telling others about the Lord Jesus and His wonderful saving grace.  Keep on being faithful!
 
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
 
Links to the following:
Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com
State of Utah Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.utah.gov
 
 
March 1, 2021 - UPDATE
 
Dear Church Family & Friends,
 
It’s MARCH… and this month marks the one-year anniversary of the global pandemic reaching Moab and Grand County!
 
We are truly grateful for God’s protection, provision, healing, and working in the lives of our church family AND in our community.  Isn’t the Lord good?!
 
Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).  Visitors are always welcome.
 
If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).
 
Grand County and Moab City, along with pretty much the rest of Utah, remains under a “mask mandate”.  We are also considered HIGH for the rate of transmission.
 
While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter) – this is per the health order.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE wear a mask.
 
And here’s the ongoing request: because of the “anonymous snitches” roaming the streets of Moab (apparently, it is expected to get worse, especially with the local officials actively pressing for names of delinquents) and turning unsuspecting and, most likely, innocent businesses into Utah’s Department of Labor for not having employees wear masks, I’ve asked our church family to wear a mask into and out of the church building.
 
Keep looking to the Lord.  Keep reading your Bible.  Keep on praying.  Keep on telling others about the Lord Jesus and His wonderful saving grace.  Keep on being faithful!
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
 
Links to the following:
Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com
State of Utah Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.utah.gov
 
 
February 1, 2021 - UPDATE
 
Dear Church Family & Friends,
 
It’s FEBRUARY!
 
We have survived, quite miraculously, one whole month of 2021!  This is even with the Inauguration, the Annual Meeting of our church, and some illnesses that are creeping through town and our church family.
 
Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).  Visitors are always welcome.
 
If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).
 
Grand County and Moab City, along with pretty much the rest of Utah, remains under a “mask mandate”.  We are also considered HIGH for the rate of transmission.
 
While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter) – this is per the health order.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE wear a mask.
 
And here’s the ongoing request: because of the “anonymous snitches” roaming the streets of Moab (apparently, it is expected to get worse, especially with the local officials actively pressing for names of delinquents) and turning unsuspecting and, most likely, innocent businesses into Utah’s Department of Labor for not having employees wear masks, I’ve asked our church family to wear a mask into and out of the church building.
 
Let’s continue to glorify the Lord through this most uncomfortable and uncertain time!  I’m glad that He and His Word NEVER change!
 
Keep on keeping on!
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 
Links to the following:
Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com
State of Utah Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.utah.gov

 

 

January 1, 2021 - UPDATE

 

Dear Church Family & Friends,

WELCOME to a New Year (I think!) – 2021.  I mean, at least it’s not 2020 (oh boy!).

Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).  Visitors are always welcome.

If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

Grand County and Moab City, along with pretty much the rest of Utah, remains under a “mask mandate”.  We are also considered HIGH for the rate of transmission.

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter) – this is per the health order.  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE wear a mask.

Because of the “anonymous snitches” roaming the streets of Moab (apparently, it is expected to get worse, especially with the local officials actively pressing for names of delinquents) and turning unsuspecting and, most likely, innocent businesses into Utah’s Department of Labor for not having employees wear masks, I’ve asked our church family to wear a mask into and out of the church building.

Let’s continue to glorify the Lord through this most uncomfortable and uncertain time!  I’m glad that He and His Word NEVER change!

Keep on keeping on!

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

1 Corinthians 15:58, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Links to the following:

Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com

 

State of Utah Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.utah.gov

 

December 1, 2020 - UPDATE

 

Dear Church Family & Friends,

Thanksgiving has passed us and Christmas is just around the corner (aren’t you glad for the Christmas season?), as well as the New Year!

Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

Grand County and Moab City, along with pretty much the rest of Utah, remains under a “mask mandate”.  We are also considered HIGH for the rate of transmission.

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing (6’ of distance) can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE wear a mask.

Because of the “anonymous snitches” roaming the streets of Moab and turning unsuspecting and, most likely, innocent businesses into Utah’s Department of Labor for not having employees wear masks, I’ve asked our church family to wear a mask into and out of the church building.

Let’s continue to glorify the Lord through this most uncomfortable and uncertain time!  I’m glad that He and His Word NEVER change!

Keep on keeping on!

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the LORD's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

 

Links to the following:

Southeast Utah Health Department: www.seuhealth.com

State of Utah Coronavirus: www.coronavirus.utah.gov

 

 

 

November 1, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

…and it’s NOVEMBER!

The middle of last month, Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert, along with the Coronavirus Task Force, changed the reporting for COVID-19 cases.

Replacing the nice “earth-tone” palette – red, orange, yellow, green – that indicate risk phases (Grand County never moved beyond LOW RISK - Yellow Phase), we now have the lovely, yet somewhat chilly, “winter-tones” of blue – light blue, medium blue, and dark blue.

As of TODAY, Grand County’s transmission rate of infection has been deemed “HIGH” (dark blue).  We continue to be “mask mandatory” for Grand County and the City of Moab.  Keep yourself informed by visiting: www.seuhealth.com/covid-19 and www.coronavirus.utah.gov.

Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

We are entering the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons – may we seek to honor, magnify, glorify, and praise the Lord in all that we do!  He is SO good – ALL THE TIME!

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Keep on keeping on!

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

 

October 2, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

WELCOME TO OCTOBER!

We continue to hold steady in the LOW RISK (Yellow Phase), and continue to be “mask mandatory” for Grand County and the City of Moab.

Not much has changed, except our rate of COVID-19 infections continues to appear as the lowest (at least one of the lowest) in the State of Utah – this goes for hospitalizations and deaths too.

Moab Baptist has in-person, in-house services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

If all the technology works correctly, live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and Twitter, and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

Be sure to keep yourself informed by visiting: www.seuhealth.com/covid-19 and www.coronavirus.utah.gov.

While face-masks are mandated (per local health order), they are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

I praise the Lord for the great faith and faithfulness by the people of Moab Baptist!  We  continue to watch our God do great and mighty things this year.

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Keep on keeping on!

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

September 3, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

We find ourselves in September and holding steady in the YELLOW PHASE (low risk), and still battling the issues that surround COVID-19.  Nice.

Not much has changed, except our rate of COVID-19 infections appears to be the lowest (at least one of the lowest) in the State of Utah – this goes for hospitalizations and deaths too.

According to the https://coronavirus.utah.gov website, Moab and Grand County remain in the “YELLOW” or Low-Risk phase; however, IF – and that’s a big “if” – our local officials wanted to go to “GREEN” or New Normal phase, we could.  You may also see updates about Grand County here: https://www.seuhealth.com/covid-19.

Moab Baptist continues to have in-person, in-house, social-distanced seating for all services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

By local health order, face-masks are mandatory.  Face-masks are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

Live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

I praise the Lord for the great faith and faithfulness by the people of Moab Baptist!  We’ve watched our God do great and mighty things this year.

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

Keep on keeping on!

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

August 7, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

We find ourselves in August, and still battling the issues that surround COVID-19.  Nice.

According to the https://coronavirus.utah.gov website, Moab and Grand County remain in the “YELLOW” or Low-Risk phase; however, IF – and that’s a big “if” – our local officials wanted to go to “GREEN” or New Normal phase, we could.  You may also see updates about Grand County here: https://www.seuhealth.com/covid-19.

Moab Baptist continues to have in-person, in-house, social-distanced seating for all services on Sundays – 10AM (Sunday School & Bible Classes), 11AM (morning service), and 6:30 PM (evening service) – and Wednesdays (7PM).

By local health order, face-masks are mandatory.  Face-masks are NOT required if social-distancing can be maintained inside the building (or outside for that matter).  If you are comfortable wearing a mask all the time or it is medically prudent, PLEASE feel free to continue.

Live-streaming of the church services continues on Facebook LIVE and on our website.  The services that are live-streamed are: Sunday morning (11AM), Sunday evening (6:30 PM), and Wednesday (7PM).

During these odd and challenging times, let’s continue to honor and glorify the Lord Jesus, representing Him well to others!

Psalm 118:23-24, “This is the Lord's doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. 24) This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 

July 4, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Church Family & Friends,

Welcome to July – by the way, HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! – and yet another month of dealing with COVID-19.

According to the https://coronavirus.utah.gov website, Moab and Grand County remain in the “YELLOW” or Low-Risk phase.  You may also see updates about Grand County here: https://www.seuhealth.com/covid-19.

 This past week (week ending today, July 4, 2020), the Grand County Council requested from the Governor’s Office to be a “mask-mandatory” county (mimicking Salt Lake & Summit Counties).  The Governor approved the request.  This next week – July 7 – Grand County Council meets to set the parameters of this order.

Having visited with the pastors of churches in Salt Lake County, the churches are still meeting and have asked their congregants to wear masks into the building, leaving them on until they are seated (socially-distanced, of course).  If they are up and about and CANNOT maintain social-distancing, then masks are to be worn.

At Moab Baptist Church, we request that masks be worn (they are mandated).  These may be removed once seated.  Please wear them if social-distancing guidelines cannot be maintained.

I’m grateful for the spirit and cooperation of our church family and guests.  Let’s keep on keeping on, serving the Lord, rejoicing in Christ, doing right, and “weathering through” this most interesting time J.

 

Your friend,

Pastor Howe

 
May 30, 2020 - UPDATE
 
Dear Moab Baptist Church Family and Friends,
 
As of May 27, 2020, Grand County and the City of Moab are now in the “Yellow” or “Low Risk Phase” established by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.  We rejoice in this decision, but it really changes nothing as to what we are doing in our church’s ministries and with the various church services of Moab Baptist.
 
This is by no means a “free-for-all”.  I continue to closely monitor the coronavirus.utah.gov and seuhealth.gov websites for changes that might affect our church.
 
Please know that we are OPEN for in-person services and have been.
 
We have social-distanced seating (6’ spacing) available.
 
We continue to live-stream all the services (Sundays – 11AM, 6:30 PM; Wednesdays – 7PM).  The Moab Valley Bible Class for adults (Sundays @ 10AM) is no longer live-streamed beginning June 7.
 
It goes almost without saying, if you are age 65 or older, or have a compromised immune system, seriously consider watching the live-streaming services.
 
In an attempt to comply with the Governor’s Guidelines, I ask the following take place for those worshipping in our services:
 
1. Family/ household units need to sit together, maintaining at least 6’ from others
2. Face coverings are encouraged, especially if you cannot maintain at least 6’ from other people
3. Please do not shake hands or hug
4. Wash hands with soap; use hand sanitizer
5. Provided hymnals and Bibles are an option, however, words to hymns and choruses are on the screen
6. Offering plates are available, but not passed; a black, locked, giving box is located inside the back door of the church
7. Nursery is not staffed, but if parents or family members need to utilize it, they may
8. Children’s Church (Sundays – 11AM) has restarted
9. The Teen Bible Class & Children’s Sunday School Classes (Sundays – 10AM) begin meeting on Sunday, June 7
10. Sunday’s van shuttle is not running (resuming soon)
 
Visitors are welcome.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
 
May 7, 2020 - UPDATE
 
Dear Moab Baptist Church Family and Friends,
 
According the Phased Guidelines established by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, the State of Utah, Grand County, and the City of Moab are in the Moderate Risk Phase (orange) – still!  While this does not mean a “free-for-all”, it does remove many of the “mass gathering” restrictions.  I continue to closely monitor the coronavirus.utah.gov and seuhealth.gov websites (several times each day) for changes that affect our church.
 
Please know that we are OPEN for services.  Ya’ll can come on back now!
 
We have social-distanced seating (6’ spacing) available.
 
We continue to live-stream all the services (Sundays – 10AM, 11AM, 6:30 PM; Wednesdays – 7PM).
 
We have made a huge effort to keep you informed and updated with the ever-evolving changes that are coming with this whole COVID-19 “stuff” (and the changes are NOT going to stop for the foreseeable future).
 
May I challenge you to make a concerted effort to return to services?  Let me remind you that the live-streaming is a “stop-gap”, but is especially beneficial to those who cannot – for whatever reason – be in our church services, and the reducing of people in the services was temporary.
 
It goes almost without saying, if you are age 65 or older, or have a compromised immune system, seriously consider watching the live-streaming services.
 
In an attempt to comply with the Governor’s Guidelines, I ask the following take place for those worshipping in our services:
 
1. Family/ household units need to sit together, maintaining at least 6’ from others (for the children, a “sermon survival kit”, complete with crayons, paper, snack, etc. are provided)
2. Face coverings are strongly encouraged, especially if you cannot maintain at least 6’ from other people
3. Please do not shake hands or hug
4. Wash hands with soap; use hand sanitizer
5. Provided hymnals and Bibles are an option, however, words to hymns and choruses are on the screen
6. Offering plates are available, but not passed; a black, locked, giving box is located inside the back door of the church
7. Nursery is not staffed, but if parents or family members need to utilize it, they may
8. Children’s Church (Sundays – 11AM) is not meeting (for now, BUT is resuming soon)
9. The Teen Bible Class & Children’s Sunday School Classes (Sundays – 10AM) are not meeting (for now, BUT are resuming soon)
10. Sunday’s van shuttle is not running (for now, BUT is resuming soon)
 
Visitors are welcome.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.
 
Your friend,
Pastor Howe
 
 
May 1, 2020
 
Dear Moab Baptist Church Family and Friends,
 
Good news!  On April 29th, Utah’s Governor, Gary Herbert, issued an Executive Order, that was effective today, moving the state COVID-19 public health risk status from red (high risk) to orange (moderate risk).  This Executive Order adopts the guidelines for moderate risk for individuals and businesses [and churches too] found in the “Phased Guidelines for the General Public and Businesses to Maximize Public Health and Economic Reactivation (version 4.0)”.  This Executive Order applies to all counties within the state, and supersedes all local public health orders, except where exceptions are granted by the Governor in consultation with the Public Health and Economic Emergency Commission.  The full order may be read here.
 
Public Health order # SEUHD 2020-5GC, issued April 30, 2020, is now in effect for the Southeast Utah Health District (Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties), until May 29, 2020, with review to take place by May 15, 2020.  The full order may be read here.
 
Pertaining to church services, this health order defers to the “Phased Guidelines…(version 4.0) – (p.6) CHURCH SERVICES…Follow all social guidelines outlined on page 5, Spacing between immediate household groups, Alternate schedules to accommodate smaller gatherings where social distancing guidelines can be adhered to, Recommend streamed services to households”.
 
The “CHURCH SERVICES” section was not in the previous versions of the Phased Guidelines until about Thursday morning, April 30.  This is an answer to prayer.
 
A Reminder:
As a reminder, the Governor’s Phased Guidelines suggest the following (which are NOT new):
a. General public takes extreme precautions
b. Stay 6 feet away from others when outside…unless not possible
c. Follow strict hygiene standards, including:
i. Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
ii. Use hand sanitizer frequently
iii. Cover coughs or sneezes (it is allergy season, UGH!)
iv. Regularly clean high-touch surfaces (e.g. door handles, counters, light switches, remote controls, restroom surfaces)
d. Do not shake hands
e. Face coverings (e.g. mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain:
i. Change or launder the cloth face coverings routinely
ii. Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
f. In-person interactions limited to individual households and those who have been following recommended distancing/hygiene guidelines; increase use of virtual interactions
g. Leave home infrequently
h. Social interactions in groups of 20 or fewer
 
How does this apply to Moab Baptist Church?
1. We continue to live-stream all church services: Sundays at 10 AM, 11 AM, 6:30 PM, and Wednesdays at 7 PM
2. For the next several services (at least until Wednesday, May 6, probably to Sunday, May 10 – Mother’s Day), in-house church services are limited to around 20 attendees (my decision).  Be sure to call the church to reserve your seat.
3. “Things” are going to be a bit different as we start meeting– but we at least get to start worshipping the Lord together!
4. Sunday school and Bible classes for teenagers and younger are NOT meeting (probably until June – this is always subject to change).  Pastor Howe teaches all attendees during the 10 AM service.
5. Children’s Church during the 11 AM service is NOT meeting (probably until June – this is always subject to change).
6. The church’s nursery is NOT staffed; however, if parents or family members need to utilize it, they may.
7. The Glory Grind Coffee Stop (a perpetual fundraiser by the Slickrock Teen Bible Class) is NOT open on Sunday mornings until further notice.
8. Our church continues to be cleaned and sanitized weekly AND between Sunday’s morning and evening services.
9. Additional seating is available throughout the auditorium – please “spread out”.
10. Family/ household units need to sit together, and maintaining at least 6’ from others.
11. You will be warmly greeted; however, handshaking and hugging should not be done (try a vigorous a wave instead, or a hearty “howdy”, or, as in Kelly’s case, a full-body wag).
12. The offering plates are available, but not passed; a locked giving box is located inside the back door of the church.
13. Face coverings are strongly encouraged.
14. Hand sanitizer is available; however, consider bringing your own too.
15. If you are not feeling well, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE watch the services online.
16. If you are in that vulnerable or high-risk age category (65 and older) or are in the immunocompromised category, for your safety, consider watching the services online.
17. Tuesday’s Men’s Maintenance Meeting and the Ladies Coffee Time – both at 10 AM – resume.  All attendees are to follow the appropriate social distancing guidelines; neither are to exceed 20 attendees.
 
Pertaining to out-of-town visitors:
We are GLAD, thrilled really, to see you in Moab!  Due to the interesting nature of these present days, we’re respectfully asking that you reschedule a visit to Moab Baptist Church the next time you’re in town OR watch our services online.  We haven’t met as a church family for several weeks (almost 2 months), and must “work out” the social guidelines and ministry aspects of our church services to make it more conducive for practical ministry.  Thank you for understanding!  If you need anything, or have some questions about this, you’re invited to contact the church office – we’d love to hear from you.
 
I’m excited for this new “phase”.  I’m thankful for your faithfulness and love for the Lord.  Let’s all continue to pray for each other, our church’s ministry, the City of Moab, Grand County, the State of Utah – especially Governor Herbert – and the United States of America!
 
Your friend,
 
Pastor Howe
Moab Baptist Church
Moab, Utah
 
 
COVID-19 UPDATE

April 2, 2020

The Southeast Utah Health District (Carbon, Emery, & Grand Counties) issued an Amended Public Health Order (SEUHD2020-02), dated March 31, 2020 – seven (7) pages. This posted on their website, Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

“On March 27, 2020, the Governor issued a Directive to the State of Utah, known as the “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive, directing the citizens of the State of Utah to, among other things, stay at home as much as possible, to work from home as much as possible, directing high-risk individuals to avoid attending any gatherings outside their household, and to avoid meetings of more than ten individuals.” (p.1)

“Section 4. Public Gathering Places. All museums, gyms, exercise studios, spas, fitness centers, health clubs, indoor recreational facilities, churches, and all entertainment venues, including without limitation music performance venues, live stage performances, and lectures, located within Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties shall be closed to members, guests, patrons, and the general public.” (p.3-4)

“Section 12. Duration. This Order shall expire April 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless renewed after further review.” (p.6)

Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s Directive to the State of Utah, dated March 27, 2020, states:
• “Exemptions to Directive for For-Profit and Nonprofit Organizations – 3. Faith leaders and workers, including an official, worker, or leader in a house of worship or other places of religious expression or fellowship, wherever their services may be needed. Faith leaders and workers also include a worker necessary to plan, record, and distribute online or broadcast content to community members.”
• This directive is “…in place until 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020.”

I briefly spoke with Mr. Orion Rogers of Moab’s SEUHD today (April 2), and he asked us, in light of this new health order, to scale down the number of people in our services (10) to the bare minimum – the number needed to do the livestreaming of our services – which is five (5) (me, Cindy – piano, Caleb – sound booth, Jory – song leading, and Marisa – viola). Again, this stringent restriction has an end date of April 15, 2020.

It is beneficial and important to do all we can to comply with these health orders, regardless of our personal opinions. It is a good testimony for the Lord, and also prudent for the safety of our church folks and community.

Please be sure to do all you can to engage in social distancing. We should be good at this by now.

Love you!

Pastor
 

 
March 18, 2020 - UPDATE

Dear Friend,

At Moab Baptist Church we are committed to reaching our generation with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and this only the task that born-again believers and churches can accomplish. We constantly work to create a safe and secure environment on our property and in our facility for all of our gatherings, meetings, and activities.

With the spread of the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus here in America, I wanted you to know what we are doing to ensure that our facilities and church family are safe and protected.

We continue to closely monitor the latest developments and guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Utah Department of Health (UDOH), and the Southeast Utah Department of Health (SEUHealth).

Numerous public health orders are coming exceedingly fast to all communities throughout the United States of America. To say the least, it is difficult to keep up!

Here is what is NEW:

All church services and functions of Moab Baptist Church are suspended beginning today, Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This includes the Moab School of the Bible (Mondays at 6:00 PM) and the coffee fellowships (Tuesdays at 10:00 AM).

It is our intention, at this time, to meet again as a church body on April 1, 2020, at 7:00 PM for our regularly scheduled mid-week service. Of course, you will be notified of this date’s certainty as it draws closer.

• Tonight, at 7:00 PM, I am preaching in the auditorium and we are livestreaming this service.
• Sunday, March 22, at 10:00 AM, I will teach my Adult Bible Class lesson, livestreaming it.
• Sunday, March 22, at 11:00 AM, I will preach the Sunday morning sermon, livestreaming it.
• Sunday, March 22, at 6:30 PM, I will preach the Sunday evening sermon, livestreaming it.
• Wednesday, March 25, at 7:00 PM, I will preach the mid-week service, livestreaming it.
• Sunday, March 29, at 10:00 AM, I will teach my Adult Bible Class lesson, livestreaming it.
• Sunday, March 29, at 11:00 AM, I will preach the Sunday morning sermon, livestreaming it.
• Sunday, March 29, at 6:30 PM, I will preach the Sunday evening sermon, livestreaming it.

At this point, there will be a handful of select individuals (of course, no more than 10) who’ll help me during the church service times to make the livestreaming and audio aspects happen.

Soon after each of these services is done (give me an hour or two), these will be available online (archived). You can access these from our website (Media tab). They’ll be in video and audio form.

Tithes and offerings can still be made online, given personally (bring to the church any time during the week), or mailed through U.S. Post Office (Moab Baptist Church, P.O. Box 145, Moab, UT 84532)

Here’s some background as to why this immediate and drastic change:

As of Monday, March 16, 2020, the Board of Health in and for Southeast Utah Health Department (Carbon County, Emery County, and Grand County) issued an extensive Public Health Order (#SEUHD2020-02, this has seven pages) that has shut down all dine-in restaurants and bars, limiting food services to take-out or drive-thru service, even closing all overnight lodging establishments.

What pertains to churches is Section 4 (p.5):
PUBLIC GATHERINGS. Effective at 10pm on March 17, 2020, all museums, gyms, exercise studios, fitness centers, health clubs, indoor recreational facilities, and all entertainment venues, including without limitation music performance venues, live stage performances, and lectures within Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties shall be closed to members, guests, patrons, and the general public. Churches, and private clubs and lodges that do not sell or serve alcohol or food during the duration of this order, are exempt from this order… Churches and private clubs are encouraged to limit and restrict their functions and the gatherings of their members to adhere to this Order. (emphasis mine)

Also pertaining to churches is Section 7 (p.6):
GENERAL PROHIBITIONS. Effective immediately, the following prohibitions shall apply throughout Carbon, Emery, and Grand Counties:
• No public gatherings over ten (10) people shall be held. Weddings, funerals, wakes, viewings, and events sponsored by churches and private clubs which do not sell or serve alcohol or food shall be exempted from this Order.

For how long will this Order be in place? Section 8 (p.6):
DURATION. This Order shall expire in thirty (30) days unless renewed or terminated early. The SEUHD Health Officer shall re-evaluate this Order in fourteen (14) calendar days.

Praise the Lord, as of today, March 18, 2020, there are NO reported cases of coronavirus in Moab or within the Southeast Utah Health District.

Let’s pray for all those affected by COVID-19 and ask God for protection for our church family and facilities. We also pray for our government and healthcare leaders as they make decisions pertaining to this issues.

Folks, these are unprecedented, pressing, interesting, and extraordinary times. I’ve never had to deal with such recommendations before, nor has anyone else that I know of. I am not living in fear, nor am I being flippant. I continue to trust the Lord, having faith in Him for ALL areas and aspect of this crisis and our church’s ministry.

As the pastor of Moab Baptist Church, my goal continues to be to minister to the spiritual needs of Moab Baptist Church, those of the city of Moab and Spanish Valley, as well as Grand County, and beyond. I still consider Moab Baptist to be an essential part of this community, having a vital role to play.

We are using all the resources we have at our disposal to do so, and it’s getting to the point where we have to be very creative.

I am still working and keeping regular office hours.

I do intend to be visible to our church folks and even around town, of course, taking necessary and recommended health precautions.

Please keep checking our social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, and Sermon.net.

We also can still utilize the telephone – cell phones, landlines. Be sure to check up on our church folks. Minister to them the best that you can.

If you have any questions, PLEASE call me. Struggling with something? PLEASE call me. You can even come in and visit, or I can come to you.

It’s a great joy to serve our Lord with each of you. I look forward to seeing you soon!

Your friend,

Cole Howe
Pastor