Elder Updates
Last updated on June 3, 2020
CBC Reopening and Meeting Location starting Sunday, June 7

We are excited to give you an update about our plans to gather together again, beginning this Sunday, June 7, at 5:00 pm, at Grace Community Church in Maryville. This is a long message, but please make sure to read the details below. 

With Pellissippi State remaining closed to us indefinitely, it remains our desire to meet in person, so we have begun looking for other meeting locations. 

While we have not yet been able to find something near Pellissippi State, we have been offered the use of our sending church in Maryville, Grace Community Church, during the hours they are not using it. 

Grace started Crossway over six years ago because we wanted such a ministry to be available in West Knoxville, and we know that the drive to Maryville is not convenient for most in our community. However, we believe that the benefits of meeting in person right now outweigh the inconvenience of driving to Maryville, so we're taking them up on this offer to use their building! 

Therefore, while we look and wait for something else to open up locally, we are going to begin to meet at GCC immediately, beginning this Sunday at 5:00 p.m. and weekly at the same time until further notice.

For the first week, our schedule will consist only of the worship service and nursery. We will not have a Zoom Sunday school class this week, but will likely look to resume Sunday school in-person before the worship service in coming weeks. 

In light of COVID-19 concerns, we are taking a few measures in structuring our setup, and we are asking you to follow a few practices as well, so please read the following details carefully in preparation for Sunday:

Setup:
  • For now, we will plan to spread out groups of chairs by family groups.
  • Please respond to this survey so we can have a group of chairs ready for those you wish to sit with: Attendance Registration


PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND if: 
  • You have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • You have a fever or chills
  • You have a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat.
  • You have a chronic cough - even if you believe it is due to allergies.
  • You have begun to experience loss of taste or smell.
  • You have had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours. 
  • You have cold-like symptoms or any similar sickness in general 
Also, please make sure you are aware of the CDC’s guidelines for high-risk groups before deciding whether to attend.

If attending, please do the following:
  • Check your temperature before leaving home to ensure that you don’t have a fever 
  • Practice good hygiene concerning coughing and sneezing
  • Wash your hands regularly
Concerning physical and personal interactions with others:
  • We are not placing any blanket restrictions on physical contact, however… 
  • Out of love and deference to others, please confirm before any hugging, hand-shaking, or other physical contact that the other person is okay with such contact. If you have already established this in previous encounters with the person in recent days, there is, of course, no need to do this again at the worship service, but please serve others by making sure. 
    • The biblical principles to practice here are 1) considering others’ interests as more important than yourselves (Philippians 2:3-4) and being willing to give up your freedoms for the sake of others (Romans 14:15; 15:2-3). 
    • If you are not comfortable making/receiving physical contact with others, we ask you to be willing to say so when asked, and to be confident in saying "no." There is nothing ungodly about taking such cautions if you believe it is the wisest thing to do, and you should do so without fear that you are implying anything negative about the behavior of others who don’t take such cautions. 
  • We will have greeters at the front doors of the church to open the doors. However, please do not shake the greeters' hands (or make other physical contact at the door) at this time
  • Masks are optional- you may wear one or not wear one, and all are encouraged to refrain from passing judgment upon others or feeling pressure to change your practice based merely on what others are doing. 


Location
  • GCC’s address: 161 E Harper Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
  • Park and enter by the front doors on the top floor of the building, on Harper Avenue.
  • You can park in the “Depot Lot" between the building and The Daily Times, located here: https://goo.gl/maps/FBYwL6Tp6Scp7keH6
  • Street-level parking for those who prefer not to walk up the large hill may use the extra parking that is available in designated public spaces along streets nearby or in the former First Tennessee garage here: https://goo.gl/maps/itXHugCxBJHUhpMx6
  • (If you are able to walk uphill, please park below and leave these spaces for others)
  • Please do not park on the hill beside the church or in spaces on the pond-side of the building that are reserved for the lofts next door. 
For those who are unable to attend or uncomfortable attending at this time, we will continue to livestream the services via Facebook as we have done since we stopped being able to meet. We will also plan to record the sermon as always. In addition, we would like to make arrangements to help you stay connected as well as possible even while being unable to return to meeting, so please let us know if you wish for help with that. 

While we know this isn’t a 100% perfect solution, we're thrilled to be able to get back together, and we hope that you will be encouraged by it as well!

Hope to see you Sunday,

Greg, for the elders