RE: The staff/deacons’ statement on the Coronavirus and the path forward for Westwood

We care about the health and safety of our church family and guests at Westwood Baptist Church. Consequently, for the next two weeks, or, so long as President Trump and Governor Asa Hutchinson are calling for no group meetings of more than 10 people, Westwood will move to a different venue for our church services. In compliance to the leaders of our nation and our state, and for the safety and convenience of our church family, please join the Live Stream of our service on Facebook this Sunday. 

We will follow the venue of encouraging you to join us online through life streaming for the next two Sunday’s-March 22 & 29. Both the Sunday morning services and the Wednesday night activities will be postponed for the next 2 weeks or until the threat of the virus subsides. It is currently our plan to reopen the church for services on April 5. 

Your staff and deacons are constantly assessing the situation as the Coronavirus continues to disrupt our normal life patterns.  It is our desire to provide spiritual leadership to our church family and, at the same time, attempt to be in compliance with the recommendation of our Nation’s Leaders. Should changes occur in the outbreak of this virus in Arkansas, additional information on our path forward will be made available to you via church billboard, texting, phone calls, email and/or the Church Facebook page.

Although the services are currently postponed, the ministry of the church; the Insurance, the Utilities, the loan payment on the Family Life Center, Etc. will continue as normal each month. Therefore, we are encouraging each member of the church family to continue their support to the church during these difficult times. You can give by Venmo online or by mailing your offering to the church at P. O. Box 99, Greenwood, AR. 72936.

The above statement is a result of meetings on Monday and Wednesday evenings where the seven of us met for over an hour. We agonized over the path forward for Westwood; we talked, we pushed back on one another and we prayed together.