covid-19 updates
 
 

May 29, 2020

 

The Deacons, Trustees and Church Staff have met this week, and are excited to announce that on June 17th, we will begin having Sunday School and Prayer mtg on Wednesday nights in Building A at 6:30 Pm.    All Sunday School groups are asked to meet in the Fellowship Hall and we will have a rotation of teachers to teach the material that we did not get to finish due to the Quarantine.  Social distancing policies will still be in place.

  • We will continue our indoor service this Sunday Morning. We will meet in Building A for worship at 10:30 am. As a reminder, the chairs have been set to maintain social distancing. We will have plenty of room for everyone. The chairs are set in groups of three. Families are encouraged to sit together and may pull extra chairs as required. The building will continue to be sanitized after every use. We want everyone to feel safe.
    • As discovered people with asymptomatic symptoms (not showing any symptoms) can still pass the virus on to others. We recommend that you please refrain from hugging or shaking hands. Remember a smile and a wave warms to heart.
    • Keep six feet apart as you speak to others outside of your family.
    • Wearing masks are encouraged, but not required.
    • If you have been feeling ill, show signs of a fever or have been in contact with someone who has, we ask that you stay home and participate in the service on Face Book live.
    • People who are able are requested to park in the lower lot near the office and walk up the drive to enter through the main entrance on the top floor of building A. That will be the only entrance that is open. You may need to bring an umbrella, based on the current weather report. Those needing handicap access, senior adults, and those who have other needs are requested to park near the entrance in the back of building A.
    • Bathrooms will be available, but you are encouraged to avoid using them if possible.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be just inside the entrance.
  • We will continue to put the service on Facebook Live and com. Feel free to continue watching the service from your homes if you feel uncomfortable coming to the church at this time. We will not be using the FM transmitter (where you could listen from your cars) due to technical challenges.
  • Please look for the offering Boxes near the entrance of the building. You may discreetly place your tithe and offering in them as you enter or leave the service. You may also continue to mail your contributions to the church office. Thank you for your faithful giving.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are still available for congregational use.

 

God is good and we trust in Him entirely.

 

In Christ’s Love

Enoree Baptist Church

 
 

May 22, 2020

 

  • We are excited to host our first indoor service since the stay at home order was lifted on Sunday, May 24. We will meet in Building A for worship at 10:30 am. The chairs have been set to maintain social distancing. We will have plenty of room for everyone. The chairs are set in groups of three. Families are encouraged to sit together. The building has been sanitized. We want everyone to feel safe.
    • Please refrain from hugging or shaking hands.
    • Keep six feet apart as you speak to others outside of your family.
    • Wearing masks are encouraged, but not required. People who are asymptomatic (have no virus symptoms) can still pass the virus on to others. Our goal is to keep everyone safe.
    • People who are able are requested to park in the lower lot near the office and walk up the drive to enter through the main entrance on the top floor of building A. That will be the only entrance that is open. You may need to bring an umbrella, based on the current weather report. Those needing handicap access, senior adults, and those who have other needs are requested to park near the entrance in the back of building A.
    • Bathrooms will be available, but you are encouraged to avoid using them if possible.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be just inside the entrance.
  • We will continue to put the service on Facebook Live and com. Feel free to continue watching the service from your homes if you feel uncomfortable coming to the church at this time. We will not be using the FM transmitter (where you could listen from your cars) due to technical challenges.
  • Two boxes will be placed near the entrance for your tithes and offerings. You can safely drop your offerings there. Thanks to Tony Anderson for making the boxes for us. You may also continue to mail your contributions to the church office. Thank you for your faithful giving.

 

We thank the Lord for guiding us through the pandemic. Continue to pray regularly for an end to the virus. Also, join us in seeking the Lord’s leadership as we re-gather the church. Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4b, ESV).

 

Grace and peace,

 

Steve Crouse

Interim Pastor

 
 
May 13th, 2020
 

The deacons, staff, and trustees of Enoree Baptist Church met Tuesday to assess the Covid-19 outbreak and to discuss the re-gathering of our church family.

 

  • I am thankful for all the work of so many people to make our Drive-In service work efficiently last Sunday. We are planning our second Drive Inn Service at 10:00 am on Sunday, May 17. We continue to encourage safety protocols for our congregation, particularly for the most vulnerable. If you are comfortable with it, join us for the Drive-In Worship Service Sunday.
    • Please continue to practice safety protocols, especially to protect the most vulnerable. Stay at least six feet away from others outside of your family as a precaution.
    • The church building will not be open during the Drive-In service. Therefore, restrooms will not be available.
    • Please avoid shaking hands and offering hugs if you exit your car. Think safety first. A friendly wave and a smile will warm our hearts.
    • You may drop your offering in a basket as you exit the parking lot at the end of the service. Thank you for your faithful giving. If you prefer, continue to send your offering through the mail to the church.
    • Andrea will be sending the worship songs through email to you. You may print the words and bring them with you to worship. We will also make copies available for you at the service.
  • We will continue to put the service on Facebook Live and com. Feel free to continue watching the service from your homes if you feel uncomfortable coming to the church at this time.
  • Since our state has moved passed the stay at home order, we are planning to have worship in Building A on Sunday, May 24. We are meeting in Building A because it is easier to wipe down and sanitize. We also have more options with setting up the chairs to maintain social distancing.

 

We thank the Lord for guiding us through the pandemic. Continue to pray regularly for your church staff, deacons, and trustees. They all are devoting a lot of extra time to serving during these days. Also, join us in seeking the Lord’s leadership as we re-gather the church. “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,

the Lord would not have listened. But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer” (Psalm 66:18, ESV).

 

Grace and peace,

 

Steve Crouse

Interim Pastor

 
 
 
 
May 5, 2020
 
The deacons, staff, and trustees of Enoree Baptist Church met Tuesday to assess the Covid-19 outbreak and to discuss the re-gathering of our church family.
 
• We are taking the first step in re-gathering for worship on Sunday, May 10, at 10:00 am with a Drive-In Service. We continue to encourage safety protocols for our congregation, particularly for the most vulnerable. If you are comfortable with a Drive-In Worship Service, join us on Mother’s Day. We will offer the service from the covered drive through entrance on the gym side of the worship center (by the choir room). There is plenty of room for cars to park. You can listen to the service through your car radio. We will also have a system set up so you can hear with your windows down.
o The church building will not be open during the service. Therefore, restrooms will not be available.
o Please avoid shaking hands and offering hugs if you exit your car. Think safety first. A friendly wave and a smile will warm our hearts.
o You may drop your offering in a basket as you exit the parking lot at the end of the service. Thank you for your faithful giving. If you prefer, continue to send your offering through the mail to the church.
o Andrea will be sending the worship songs through email to you. You may print the words and bring them with you to worship. We will also make copies available for you at the service.
o Please leave an empty space between cars (on both sides) to help maintain social distancing.
• We will continue to put the service on Facebook Live and EnoreeBaptistChurch.com. Feel free to continue watching the service from your homes if you feel uncomfortable coming to the church.
• Our plan is to have Drive-In Services for at least two weeks and perhaps longer. We will continue to monitor the pandemic and operate under the guidelines and requests of President Trump and Governor McMaster.
• Vacation Bible School has been postponed since it was originally scheduled for early June. We hope we will be able to have VBS in late July or before school begins in August.

Continue to pray regularly for your church staff, deacons, and trustees. They all are devoting a lot of extra time to serving during these days. Also, join us in seeking the Lord’s leadership as we re-gather the church. “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV).
 
Grace and peace,
Steve Crouse
Interim Pastor
 
 
April 29th, 2020
 

The deacons and the staff of Enoree Baptist Church met Tuesday to assess the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the ministry of the church. We are now looking at how we begin to re-gather as the virus loses momentum.

 

  • The current stay at home order by Governor McMaster and the state of emergency status for SC has been extended through May 12. We are hopeful that this is the last extension.
  • I was in a virtual meeting with the Governor and the SC Baptist Convention this morning. Governor McMaster made it clear that he has not placed any restrictions on churches in South Carolina because of his personal convictions and the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, he does recommend that churches follow the issued guidelines related to the coronavirus for the safety of all. Social distancing, refraining from hugging and shaking hands, staying home if you feel sick, voluntary quarantine for 14 days if you have been around someone that tested positive for the virus, etc., are wise protocols for the safety of everyone.
  • I have also been in constant contact with other pastors and leaders, evaluating re-gathering strategies and safety concerns. These conversations have been helpful to our discussions.
  • We will continue to offer online services even after the pandemic. This is a useful tool, not only for our church family, but for many people outside of our church family we are reaching through these venues.
  • We are actively seeking to purchase an FM radio transmitter (they are difficult to find currently) that can be used for drive-in services where people can hear the service through their car radios. This purchase will provide a safe way for the most vulnerable of our members to come to church, hear the service, see their brothers and sisters, and connect with them through a wave while in the safety of their cars even after we began to re-gather for worship.
  • We hope to re-gather in mid-May if possible. Our plan is to meet in Building A where it will be easier to maintain social distancing and to sanitize the area. We are looking to re-gather for worship on Sunday mornings only initially. Our plan is to be cautious and safe. We hope to have some form of Sunday School after we have been meeting for worship for one month. We are planning to have two Sunday morning services to make the service available to everyone and to maintain social distancing.
  • Vacation Bible School has been postponed since it was originally scheduled for early June. We hope we will be able to have VBS in late July or before school begins in August.
  • When we do meet, it is very important that we all refrain from shaking hands and hugging since that is an easy way to spread the virus. This will be hard for all of us, but it will help keep everyone safe right now. My prayer is that we will be able to shake hands and hug in the near future J.
  • The deacons and staff continue to meet weekly. We will meet jointly with the Trustees next Tuesday as we discuss re-gathering in greater detail.
  • We are in the process of providing other resources to assist your spiritual growth and small group offerings through Right Now Media. You will receive more information about this resource in the near future.
  • Thank you for your continued loyal giving to the Lord through the pandemic. Your faithfulness is a testimony of your love for God and his church.

 

Continue to pray regularly for your church staff and your deacons, and all the leaders at EBC as they devote extra time to serving during these days. Also, join us in seeking the Lord’s leadership as we explore when and how to begin meeting together again. It is my joy to serve with you during these days. Please let us know if we can help you. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”

(Psalm 46:1, ESV).

 

Grace and peace,

 

Steve Crouse

Interim Pastor

 
 
 
April 16, 2020
 
The deacons and the staff of Enoree Baptist Church met Tuesday to assess the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the ministry of the church. These were the highlights:
 
• The current stay at home order by Governor McMaster is in effect through April 30. At this point, we do not know if it will lifted or extended, but we are hopeful.
• The church will continue to offer online “virtual” services at 10:30 am on Sundays and a virtual devotion and prayer time at noon on Wednesdays until we are able to meet publicly together again. The services can be viewed live when they air or at other times after they air through the Enoree Baptist Church Facebook page and through the Enoree website at https://www.enoreebaptistchurch.com/.
• Our leadership began discussions about how and when we will meet together again at church. We hope this day comes quickly. We need to balance safety and public health concerns as we meet for worship. Please pray for our leadership.
• Thanks to all who helped and participated in our Holy Week service, especially to Andrea Krigbaum who is doing such a great job with our technological and media needs.
• Have you considered having Sunday School online using zoom video meetings. It is easy to set up and it is free for meetings up to 40 minutes. If you have a web cam (most laptop computers have one built in), you can see the other members of your class as you study God’s Word together. If you need technical help, contact the church office. Think about meeting Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening or at another time during the week that is convenient for your class. Enjoy the fellowship and study God ‘s Word together. If your class is meeting, let the church office know so we can celebrate with you and pray for you.
• Thank you for your continued loyal giving to the Lord through the pandemic. Your faithfulness is a testimony of your love for God and his church. We have received $1,337.77 toward our $2,000 goal for North American Missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. As our missionaries serve during this pandemic, the need for support increases.
 
Continue to pray regularly for your church staff and your deacons as they devote extra time to serving during these days. Also, join us in seeking the Lord’s leadership as we explore when and how to begin meeting together again.
 
It is my joy to serve with you during these days. Please let us know if we can help you. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid” (Psalm 27:1).
Grace and peace,
Steve Crouse
Interim Pastor
 
 
 
April 7, 2020
 
 

The deacons and the staff of Enoree Baptist Church met tonight to assess the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the ministry of the church. The decisions made and announcements follow:

The church will continue to honor the requests and executive orders of President Trump and Governor McMaster. Therefore, all regular public worship services and gatherings at Enoree Baptist Church are cancelled through April 30. The deacons and staff consider to monitor the situation. There was some encouraging news yesterday. The growth in the number of Covid 19 cases and deaths have decreased. Perhaps we are approaching the tipping point of the flattening of the curve. This does NOT mean that we should back off of social distancing and staying at home. We must continue to diligently practice these measures to help us move past the pandemic and to keep safe. Pray, pray, then pray some more.
The church will continue to offer online “virtual” services at 10:30 am on Sundays and a virtual devotion and prayer time at noon on Wednesdays. The services can be viewed live when they air or at other times after they air through the Enoree Baptist Church Facebook page and through the Enoree website at https://www.enoreebaptistchurch.com/.
Andrea Krigbaum is posting videos daily that include testimonies of members, times of prayer, songs, and short devotionals. Be sure to check these out on the webpage and be encouraged.
Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday virtual Lord’s Supper Service. You will need to provide some juice and bread for those who worship with you in your homes. Join us on Facebook or at the church website at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 9.
Drive In Sunrise Service, 7:00 am, Resurrection Sunday, April 12. You are invited to drive your family in your cars to our church parking lot. A portable sound system will allow you to listen to the service in your car (with your windows down). The deacons will assist parking vehicles appropriately. It is very important that everyone maintain their social distancing. In addition, this service will be available through Facebook and the Enoree website. In case of rain, the service will become virtual through the Internet options.
Resurrection Sunday virtual worship at 10:30 am, Easter Sunday, April 12. Join us on Facebook Live or the website. Invite your friends and families to watch the service with you.
We would love for you to upload pictures of you and your family in your Sunday best to the Enoree Facebook page for Easter. Also email them to mailto:enoreebcwebmaster@gmail.com. We’d love to post them on the website sight too.
Have you considered having Sunday School online using zoom video meetings. It is easy to set up and it is free for meetings up to 40 minutes. If you have a web cam (most laptop computers have one built in), you can see the other members of your class as you study God’s Word together. If you need technical help, contact the church office. We will try to help you. Think about meeting Sunday afternoon or Sunday evening or at another time during the week that is convenient for your class. Enjoy the fellowship and study God ‘s Word together. If your class is meeting, let the church office know so we can celebrate with you and pray for you.
Thank you for your continued loyal giving to the Lord through the pandemic. Your faithfulness is a testimony of your love for God and his church. We are almost half way to our goal for North American Missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. Help us reach our missions goal of $2,000. As our missionaries serve during this pandemic, the need for support increases.

Continue to pray regularly for your church staff and your deacons as they devote extra time to serving during these days.

It is my joy to serve with you during these days. Please let us know if we can help you. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Ps 46:1, ESV).

Grace and peace,

Steve Crouse
Interim Pastor

 
 
 
 
April 1st, 2010
 
 
Enoree Baptist Church Covid-19 Update
 
 
The deacons and the staff of Enoree Baptist Church met tonight to assess the Covid-19 outbreak and its impact on the ministry of the church. The decisions made and announcements follow:
• The church will continue to honor the requests and executive orders of President Trump and Governor McMaster. Therefore, all regular public worship services and gatherings at Enoree Baptist Church are cancelled through April 30. These additional 30 days are necessary for the safety and health of our church family, friends, and neighbors. The church will continue to offer online “virtual” services at 10:30 am on Sundays and a virtual devotion and prayer time at noon on Wednesdays. The services can be viewed live when they air or at other times after they air through the Enoree Baptist Church Facebook page and through the Enoree website at https://www.enoreebaptistchurch.com/. The staff is exploring other ways to encourage our church family to stay connected to the Lord and the church during this pandemic.
• Holy Week Services
o Maundy Thursday virtual Lord’s Supper Service. You will need to provide some grape juice and bread for those who worship with you in your homes. Join us on Facebook live or at the church website at 7:00 pm, Thursday, April 9.
o Drive In Sunrise Service, 7:00 am, Resurrection Sunday, April 12. You are invited to drive your family in your cars to our church parking lot. A portable sound system will allow you to listen to the service in your car (with your windows down). The deacons will assist parking vehicles appropriately. It is very important that everyone maintain their social distancing. In addition, this service will be available through Facebook Live and the Enoree website.
o Resurrection Sunday virtual worship at 10:30 am, Easter Sunday, April 12. Join us on Facebook Live or the website.
o We would love for you to upload pictures of you and your family in your Sunday best to the Enoree Facebook page for Easter. Also email them to mailto:enoreebcwebmaster@gmail.com. We’d love to post them on the website right too.
• We praise the Lord that Braxton Edwards is safely at home.
• Thank you for your continued loyal giving to the Lord through the pandemic. Your faithfulness is a testimony of your love for God and his church. We are almost half way to our goal for North American Missions through the Annie Armstrong Easter offering. Help us reach our missions goal of $2,000. As our missionaries serve during this pandemic the need for support increases.
• The process of the pastor search team has naturally slowed down during these days. The team has been in touch with all of the candidates who are serving their current churches through the corona virus crisis. The team will actively continue their work as soon as possible.
Your church staff is working hard for you and God’s kingdom. These days present some unprecedented challenges. I am very thankful for Andrea, Andy, Amy, and Dennis and all they are doing to help us stay connected as they continue to serve. In addition, they have taken on many responsibilities outside the scope of their job descriptions. They serve the Lord with gladness. As you have the opportunity, let them know how much you appreciate all they are doing to put together our virtual worship services, youth meetings, and so many other things.
It is my joy to serve with you during these days. Please let us know if we can help you. Our God reigns and he will see us through this outbreak.
Grace and peace,
Steve Crouse
Interim Pastor
 
 
 
March 26th, 2020
 
 
Enoree Baptist Church Covid-19 Update

 

The deacons and staff met Wednesday night to assess and review the current issues related to the Covid-19 pandemic. I appreciate these leaders, their love for the Lord, their love for Enoree, and their desire to reach out and impact our community. The following outlines our response to the pandemic:

 

  • The meeting of the deacons and staff began and ended with heartfelt prayers for our church family, our President and all elected officials (local, state, and national) and those who are hurting physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially due to the pandemic.
  • Response to our first virtual worship service on March 22 has been very positive. According to Facebook records, more than 1,000 people were reached through the service. I encourage you to share comments as you watch these virtual services and that you share it with your friends through Facebook. We are grateful that the even though most people are rightly staying in their homes at this time, the ministry of Enoree Baptist Church continues.
  • Connection with others is essential during this time of limited social contact. Last week, the Children’s Ministry and the deacons distributed care packages to our senior members. The deacons are continuing to reach out to their assigned families to encourage them and to discover challenges people are facing. Use your phones and social media to stay connected with the church family.
  • Currently, we hope that we can have worship together on April 5. The leadership will continue to monitor the situation. We have a contingency plan in place to continue virtual services if that is necessary.
  • The deacons and staff will have virtual meetings in the future to help with social distancing. We plan to meet every week throughout this crisis on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm.
  • In addition to the virtual services each Sunday, we will do a mid-week devotion and prayer service that will be available at noon through the church website and Facebook.
  • We are moving toward providing some virtual contact and worship with our youth and children’s ministries. Look for updates about these events.
  • MSome people have expressed concerns about picking up medications. If you have a need, contact the church office.
 
  • If you are aware of a need that we can help with, contact the church office.

 

Our eyes are on the Lord. He will continue to guide us through this pandemic. Thank you for your prayers and support.

 

Steve Crouse

Interim Pastor

Steve.Crouse@ngu.edu

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Enoree Baptist Church

881 Tigerville Road

Travelers Rest, S.C. 29690

(864) 834-7403

 

 
 
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March 19th, 2020
 
Dear Enoree Church Family,

There is good news. God is on his throne and even the corona virus is ultimately subject to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Cast your cares and anxieties upon the Lord, for he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). He will see us through this pandemic.

Our staff and deacons met tonight to assess the current information we have on the Covid-19 pandemic. The safety and health of our Enoree family is our priority. In alignment with the recently released White House 15 day plan, as posted on the CDC website, the Enoree Church leadership agreed to honor the President’s request. We are suspending our regular services until Palm Sunday, April 5. It is our hope that we will be able to meet for our regular worship service that day. As you are aware, the pandemic information is changing rapidly. We will continue to monitor the situation. The staff and deacons will be meeting weekly for the foreseeable future to stay current with these changes and implement alterations accordingly. We are making the changes outlined below. Please view Dr. Crouse’s video message at your earliest convenience. Our response to the crisis follows:

We will offer a virtual worship serve every Sunday morning at 10:30 am. You can view the service on the church Facebook page or the website. The service will include music, video updates, prayer, and a sermon by Dr. Crouse. The church will also provide DVDs of the service for those who do not have computer access. If you need a DVD, contact the church office.
A mid-week video devotion and prayer service will be available by noon on Wednesdays on the church Facebook page and the Website.
The deacon family ministry plan is in place. There have been some changes and reassignments since Sunday. Your deacon will contact you in the next few days. Please let us know of any concerns or needs that you have. You can email or call your deacon, the staff, or the church office. Church office phone number is 864 834-7403, Email office@enoreebc.com. Church staff email are as follows: Dr Steve Crouse Steve.crouse@ngu.edu , Andrea Krigbaum wlamk17@gmail.com, & Andy Jones Enoreestudents202@gmail.com. The church office should have the list of phone numbers and emails for the deacons.
We strongly recommend that you avoid social gatherings with more than 10 people
By all means remain connected with the church family through phone calls, text messages, Facebook, other social media outlets, and our church webpage.
Continue to support the ministry of Enoree Baptist Church. During these days when you are unable to physically bring your tithes and offerings to the church, send a check by mail to the church office 881 Tigerville Road Travelers Rest 29690. The work of the ministry continues. Keep in mind that our goal for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board is $2,000. Our missionaries need our support. Give generously and cheerfully as you are able.

Philippians 4:6-7 is instructive, particularly during this pandemic. Paul states that we should not worry or be anxious about anything. The key to freedom from worry is found by taking everything to God in prayer. If we really trust God, why should we worry. This freedom from worry leads to experiencing God’s peace that passes all comprehension. His peace guards our hearts and minds in the power of Christ. Cast all your anxieties upon the Lord and you will experience his peace. That is our prayer for each of you. Let us know how we can serve you.

The Enoree Baptist Church Staff and Deacons