Bellevue Baptist Church
                                            10700 S. Emerald Ave
                               Chicago, IL 60628


Dear Members and Supporters of Bellevue,
I am writing this letter in response to the Governor’s decision to issue a stay-at-home order for the residents of Illinois. He indicated that this would not include essential activities such as going to the grocery store, pharmacy, gas station, taking a morning walk for exercise, or any other necessary function.
He did indicate nonessential businesses would be closed and he encouraged residents of Illinois to stay home. My previous position on social distancing was to allow people to operate in their comfort zone. However, the Governor’s stay-at-home order has made it necessary for our church leaders to make a decision regarding our meeting together for morning worship.
I certainly don’t want to get anyone in trouble with the law and don’t want to be responsible for someone getting sick. This would not be acting in love. Therefore, we will use alternative methods of meeting together for worship, fellowship and ministry.
I met with our leadership team on Sunday to discuss this matter. The following plan for our Church will be implemented.
1. Starting today March 29th, we will not be meeting together for corporate worship in the Church Sanctuary. All Bible study and prayer meeting groups at the Church will be suspended until further notice. This will allow members to abide by the law and honor their social distancing concerns.
2. How will we meet for worship? We will continue to worship together in small groups by conference calling, zoom meetings, Facebook live and personal one-on-one telephone calls for prayer and Bible reading.
3. Fasting I’m also asking for church members to join me in a one day fast each week until this crisis has past.
4. Seeking God I’m also asking for church members to join me in following II Chronicles 7:14. I believe God will hear us as we seriously approach the throne of grace as we are instructed in II Chronicles 7:14. God is able to heal our land.
5. Staying connected: I have talked to Michael Harris about live streaming for our church. We are not there yet but we do have the capability to pre-record and place our messages on our website. We will be in the process of trying to get that done.
6. Giving generously: We do encourage our members to continue to give generously for the expenses of our church. Giving can be done online at our website (bellevuebaptistchurchchicago.org). You can also give the traditional way by mailing your offering envelopes to the church.
7. Continue to pray for God to move and to bring an end to this crisis
Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Lucious Fullwood


We want to take this opportunity to welcome you to Bellevue Baptist Church of Chicago. We are a group of people who love God and we love the people that God sends to us!
Everyone is invited. Come out and bring a friend.  Let us celebrate the goodness of God in our midst!
Dr. Lucious Fullwood
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