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Baptist Church Tent Meeting Draws Concern from the Community


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The first night of a week-long old fashioned tent meeting by Anchor Baptist Church in Astoria Oregon was a success as around 30 people attended. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the reaction of a tent meeting by the community raised plenty of concerns over the safety and well-being of those attending. Pastor Byers of Anchor Baptist Church assured the community and the city that all safety guidelines from the CDC will be followed. Anchor Baptist seemed to go above and beyond those extra measures.

When a guest arrives, they are directed to a separate tent for temperature checks, and to log their name and address for contact tracing in case someone in attendance tests positive for Covid-19. All guests are required to wear masks and each family is seated 6 feet apart from each other. The sides of the tents were also up so that there can be a constant breeze flowing through.

Due to the concern of the community, as evident from the comments on the City of Astoria’s Facebook page, Mayor Bruce Jones stopped in and found no reason for concern as all the public health guidelines from the CDC were being followed properly.

Many in the community wishing Pastor Byers church would delay or cancel the event as the pandemic is reaching new heights across the country. The event started Sunday and runs through July 19.

It seems as we reach new heights with positive Covid-19 results, that churches are starting to feel the pressure from the communities for having their doors open. As long as churches take precautions and do what they are supposed to do without compromise to Scripture, I say keep on keeping on.



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It seems to me that not only were all of the prescribed medical precautions were in place, but they went beyond that was expected of them by the CDC. Also, even the mayor, Bruce Jones, saw no concern. May the Lord bless the efforts of the Anchor Baptist church with souls saved, the saints encouraged, and to be a testimony of the leading of the Lord in the times of distress.

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You can be sure that the "concerned community members" would not have attended under any circumstances.

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

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On 7/14/2020 at 9:39 PM, Jim_Alaska said:

You can be sure that the "concerned community members" would not have attended under any circumstances.

Hebrews 10:25 (KJV) Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

That is a very broad brush you use in your comment. I do not think it holds. The church I attend is to have a social distancing picnic. It will be in the parking lot. Everyone is to bring their own food and distance themselves from others. Still, I have concerns, especially at my age and I will not go. I would happily be there if it were not for Covid-19. 

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Bill, I am not sure what you are getting at in response to my post. My text was simply a personal observation regarding community people who probably were not members of that church. My quoted Scripture was my own agreement with Scripture concerning church services.

I was not pointing to "anti-social distancing" or any of that other stuff. My church observes social distancing and makes provision for it, it also provides masks for those who want them.

Personally, I only have a problem with government trying to close, or even demolish a church building because its members want to continue meeting during this Covid 19 mess, as Scripture directs.

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20 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Bill, I am not sure what you are getting at in response to my post. My text was simply a personal observation regarding community people who probably were not members of that church. My quoted Scripture was my own agreement with Scripture concerning church services.

I was not pointing to "anti-social distancing" or any of that other stuff. My church observes social distancing and makes provision for it, it also provides masks for those who want them.

Personally, I only have a problem with government trying to close, or even demolish a church building because its members want to continue meeting during this Covid 19 mess, as Scripture directs.

The broad brush was suggesting that none of the concerned citizens would attend. I am not sure that is true.

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