Some churches return to online-only worship as COVID-19 surges in U.S.
A one-day rise of 121,890 new COVID-19 cases nationwide Friday (Nov. 6) is the highest to date in the U.S. since the pandemic began, the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reported. At 969,605 cases, Texas has surpassed California as the state with the highest number of cumulative cases. Texasâ€™ cumulative COVID-19 death toll of 18,909 is second only to New Yorkâ€™s 33,657, Johns Hopkins reported.
In the COVID-19 hotspot of El Paso, Immanuel Church has closed its school for a couple of weeks but continues onsite worship, pastor J.C. Rico said.
â€śI would say here in the city, itâ€™s about 50/50,â€ť Rico said of the El Paso Baptist Associationâ€™s 100 or so churches. â€śThere are some that just have continued online. There are some that did go back to live, and a small percentage have just gone online again. â€¦ I would say about 40 percent of the churches here in El Paso are going live (in person).â€ť...
Today at my Baptist Church during Adult Sunday School was Part 3 of The Medieval Church(The Crusades and the Inquisition). Then at 10:10 AM Pastor Steve announced that he received word that a kid from AWANA last Wednesday has the virus. Pastor stated that everyone except the Pastors and the worship team was to go home to watch the service live on YouTube. The sermon was given by Pastor Neil and was titled "Finding Your Place In The Mission" from Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8. The sermon was about how everyone who has received Jesus as their Lord and Savior is a missionary to get people saved.