COVID-19 Updates

November 12, 2020

Do you feel the present federal administration will fight COVID-19 for you in the time it has left in the national office? This morning I was looking at a national virus spreading map. It was frightening to see the heart of that red spread coverage is centered on my entire state Illinois. Reaching into our surrounding state eastern Iowa and the other Great Lakes states, even up to the eastern edge of Minnesota.

The virus spread is happening. Most importantly it is occurring exactly as the country was warned about last Spring. Without applying mitigation steps of testing, tracing, isolation, paired with masking, hand washing, and separation. This pandemic is guaranteed to remain a major part of our daily process to live this life. If this pleases you as your new normal welcome to your new world.

As far as the church business is concerned, the Israel of God will remain close to a large gathering inside all our buildings. The only current exception is for baptismal services. Even here local states and all government guidelines besides the extra instructions from the church are in place to make this blessing as safe as possible. Here is the primary reason for emailing so your information can be forward to proper committees. By the way, it is all a sure directive to visit the church website www.theisraelofgod.com for information and notices.

The Israel of God has always operated under your volunteering spirit. Every one of the committees survives with your support even during these trying days of separation. Although we are familiar with a mobile workflow this pandemic has created new wrinkles and stress marks in our operation like all other organizations. Right now its biggest effect is preventing the congregation from coming together.

Pastor Buie as with all of the elders of this church desires for all you parishioners to return to worship services inside one room again. We all know that will not happen anytime soon without safer conditions. That is the only reason the Israel of God is currently operating under these scale down measures we are employing. We have to praise God to be living in an era where we are able to still experience weekly service and other events on our social media platforms.

As you know the big news story this week is that the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine with its 90% effective rating is in the pipeline. With that said, this is the Israel of God’s position. A vaccine is coming online in the marketplace that is a targeted treatment for COVID-19. In essence or at best this vaccine will combat this novel coronavirus. Once it truly hit the store shelves it will lead the way for a sense of normalcy we currently have with all of the other strains of influenzas.

Once when having this measure of a safe level of medical treatment along with the governmental guidance about public space headcount inside buildings Bro Buie has said he would feel comfortable opening our camps for services again. You may have also noticed since the earlier news release more companies have jumped on the bandwagon with their input on vaccines. The Israel of God isn’t telling you or suggesting to you what medication to should use to sustain your health. We pray that all of our members remain in excellent health. And we understand that there are many different disciplines everyone must follow to stay well. Please do your necessary evaluation that will aid all of us to survive this pandemic. That is the eldership concern for you to be blessed.

October 29, 2020

While we are praying and facing toward the east, it is done so following the scripture. We still have to keep our focus on events happening in the old world that will make us current believers in today’s existence. Most of this year our lives as we have known it has been trying to develop into a generational phrase called “the new normal”. The COVID-19 name has an impact on many factors on how we have been responding to family and friends in these past several months.

This pestilence is definitely here and from all accounts, its time among us will remain because of the way we react to its transmission dynamics. I guess we need to understand this disease will be here for another two years at a bare minimum, which is historically the time frame it takes for humans to adjust to managing our new environment. This doesn’t negate the old adage for Christian Israelites when whites catch a cold we get pneumonia. Put simply, add another full year for us essential people to feel the curve of the cure.

How will this affect the church operation? It will have a major impact on the way we serve the One True God Jesus Christ as these months past has already revealed. It looks like the Israel of God Church is prone to repeat this cycle of service until a valuable vaccine is in the marketplace. The intention is to follow the government guidelines to combat this disease to remove it from its current pandemic stronghold on our culture to allow people to safety congregate inside a building once again.

Until that can happen with this virus strand we have to trust the people in charge have the massive best interest at heart. Also, as Pastor Buie mentioned a few weeks past, his desire is “for this virus to be lifted off of us soon and we can’t reopen until there is a vaccine or something in place for treatment for the people when they get sick.” It always has been about tests, treatment, and isolation. We hope the government can soon get on the process of providing the first two necessary steps to crush the pandemic.

The isolation portion is the only weapon the common public has to help in this fight. Like in the past, the signals that the worst is yet to come were happening in Europe. We are looking at the Europeans about to go into shutdown mode again as they did this past spring. If history is to repeat itself, immediately after the European spikes the coronavirus had the same increase happen here in America. Now we are quickly approaching winter which means we are under the threat of existing viruses which are better known how to treat. Combine with a novel virus that the medical profession is still groping to get a handle to practice.

We here at the Israel of God have plenty of seniors parishioners, which adds to the target criteria labeled by the epidemiologist as a high risk. Mainly, because seniors have preconditions that the COVID-19 virus can cause instant stress on one’s body. This is not to forget all of the medical professionals that have been running without limits since this pestilence appeared last November in China. It still comes back to following biblical principles, if you are aware of God’s clean standards most of the battle is won. They will truly assist you with moving about through this uncleanliness that is troubling the world.

September 12, 2020

High Sabbath September 17, 2020.

We have seven days before the first day of the seventh month according to Jesus’s biblical calendar. Next Thursday at sundown begins the Memorial of Blowing of Trumpets, Sabbath Day. Another one of the Lord’s annual Sabbaths.

In this seventh month, we will have to celebrate three more high Sabbaths to finish God’s calendar year of annual Sabbaths days to worship Him.

Knowing every year that the church will welcome new laypeople to experience these worship days. This year in 2020 is a little different from other times because of the pandemic guideline conditions.

There is another concern we need to follow up on for this seventh month as well to worship this year. As related to these last four Sabbaths.

All of them are double Sabbaths. And you need to pay special attention to how you will prepare yourself and family to serve on them. Please check your calendar! Begin now to make sure you are setting up comfortable arrangements to view the Livestream for the next few weeks.

The Day of Atonement Sabbath is at sundown on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

All Livestreams for all Sabbath Day services are at noon except for the Passover. It must be at night. Every Sabbath begins at sundown.

August 19, 2020

Now, experts are warning about the possibility of a “twindemic,” or the overlap of flu season and an expected surge in COVID-19 cases this fall and winter.

We all want to see our friends and congregate. This is a given every Sabbath Day. Besides desiring that local guidelines on social distancing. The medical community is adding new language like “twindemic,” to prepare the public for double doses of influenza this fall and winter.

It is for certain COVID-19, can be classified as a year-round infection. Doctors are still learning about the science to treat this disorder. As odd as it may seem following God’s unclean guidelines are still the best blessings one could ever hope to possess.

By this disease-carrying two transmission systems, air and touch contamination from the airborne particles. Amplify the need to stay in place or social distancing. As we watch the country’s attempt to have any normal close quarters interactive socialization.

The inflection rate spikes whenever these super spreader events happen. Outbreaks are at schools, restaurants, and any large parties where social guidelines are discarded. One can imagine that the same characteristics will plague worship services as well.

We are approaching the seventh month of God’s High Holy calendar. The last of the Lord’s annual Sabbaths that reveals His plans for salvation. This is more important than the current pandemic. As with every tribulation we must live through the trials.

When the modern era of the church had its start all of the layperson, worshipped at home as we are doing today. They were faced with a different evil than we are experiencing. But enduring this novel disease may have similar anxiety.

We are now hearing about people who are experiencing their second term of suffering from COVID-19. As well as long-term sufferers that have this disease for months. It is hard to recommend any type of congregating when the situation is still fluid the Coronavirus. As I mentioned the regular flu season is rapidly growing near.

However, we are blessed again by not hearing the seasonal warnings for influenza. We still have time to be a concern for double doses of quarantine time. It is very hard to place a recovery timeline on the flight of this pandemic. I don’t want to frighten you with my time frame. It would be interesting to see what comments about timeline you think we will have to return to normal, now that we’ve lived most of 2020.

Only mass testing will help this process scale down to a manageable level to treat the threat. The University of Illinois has announced a rapid slava test today that looks promising. We still have hope.

June 25, 2020

The Prayer, Health & Spiritual Counseling Committee is encouraging members to send in their prayer requests to iog_phscc@yahoo.com. You can join the open prayer line beginning promptly every Sunday at 3pm CT.  Please call between 2:45p – 2:55p. The conference number is (563)999-2090 using the code 758514#.

The Prayer Committee would also like to invite you to join in the worldwide unison prayer daily at 9am, 3pm and 9pm CT if the spirit moves you to pray during these times.

 

June 19, 2020

More On Baptism!

The Israel of God has received good responses from members that want to be baptized. I have more details to speak about because the your responses have been great across the country. The most important detail is to continue to use the email over the telephone if you are able to send in an email message. Use the official church’s address theisrael@earthlink.net.

Naturally, if you know anyone without email capabilities they must call their local camp contact person to make the services arrangements. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT DETAIL.

Because the Riverdale camp is forwarding emails to these locations where the other service will be handled outside of Illinois.

Brother Buie has mentioned his points of interest for the baptizing service. You will get more detail instructions about your arrangements with your return setup call along with the actual schedule date for the service.

I need to remind you these will be appointment arranged services limited to social distancing guidelines across the board. So everything will be decent and in order for the Riverdale office to understand the service level everyone is will receive.

Always check the Israel of God website for location and local contact before the main office.

Peace Christian Israelites.

June 9, 2020

The Blessing Baptism

Even in the face of a pandemic some of you have reached the point of faith whereas you desire to receive the blessing of baptism.

Please contact the Israel of God office to have your name added to the list of candidates for this service. We ask that call or use our Earthlink email address to make this happen for you.

Pastor Buie wanted me emphasize his concerns about the health of every person that desires this bless it service. That all parties on both sides preform every cautionary measure to protect all involved in this hands on activity.

Bro Buie’s concerns are understandable from a person who have been twice quarantine for this current flight from this novel disease. He is overly cautious about protecting everyone from this Illness. Let us do all that we can to keep this as righteous as humanly possible.

So if you have the need feel free to make the necessary arrangements. And afterwards if more procedures are needed it will happen at that time.

Israel, Christian Israelites be safe and always watch and pray until we can meet again.  

May 17, 2020

Although the IOG’s Prayer Health & Spiritual Counseling Committee is not taking requests for in-person visits during these unprecedented times, they are praying daily for all and adding individual requests as they are received. You may still email prayer requests 24/7 to the Committee at iog_phscc@yahoo.com.

You are also welcome to join the congregational prayer in unison, 3x’s daily at 9 am, 3 pm, and 9 pm. Lastly, the Committee has an open prayer line each Sunday at 2:45 pm, when you can call to request live prayer. Dial 1-563-999-2090 access code 758514# to submit your request. The Elders will begin praying promptly at 3 pm. Please remember to mute your phone during the prayer.

May 15, 2020

It is unbelievable that Pentecost 2020 is rapidly approaching on Saturday, at sundown May 30th. The Israel of God will again continue to follow the law’s of land and maintain their social distancing mandates.

We will also continue to stream out the Sabbath day lesson as in pass weeks. As you should now know Pastor Buie will be doing live streaming with a small support group to make this happen weekly.

All of the IOG facilities will remain closed until further notice. I imagine the open announcement will be very good news whenever it happens. Until then Brother Buie asks that all of us to watch and pray.

We know that families managed the last High Day’s and made a bad environment work in praising the God of Israel. It’s for certain you will do the same thing dreaded year for the Feast of Pentecost. Enjoy the Lord of the Sabbath. Jesus.

God has been merciful during this current pandemic. I am sure everyone knows that this new highly infectiousness COVID-19 will be with be mankind here on out. Actually, this strain of disease origins could be ancient for all we know. The Lord could be revealing it for a time as this.

If man would be practicing the science of clean dietary laws, maybe this current environment wouldn’t be as bad as we’re experiencing. But we are and by our prayers we will remain in good courage to sensibly navigate through it to its end. May God continue to bless all of you Christian Israelites.

Be safe until we meet at the appointed time.

May 10, 2020

We have begun broadcasting LIVE from Riverdale. NO members can attend services. All members can watch live from home via the internet. All members who do not have internet can call in.

Please stay at home for the Feast of Pentecost.

All tithes can be paid online via PayPal or can be mailed in, which ever is convenient.

The health of our members and employees is paramount, so while we apologize for this inconvenience, we believe it is the right thing to do at this time.

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our website at https://theisraelofgod.com and download our free mobile app at https://ioglessons.vhx.tv/ for Sabbath Day Live, Wednesday Night and Friday Night Services.

During this time we will continue to have maintenance and janitorial crews on duty so that when we reopen, be assured we have done everything to ensure our churches are ready for your return.

March 17, 2020

We have been carefully monitoring the information and guidelines being made available regarding the COVID-19 virus. In order to do our part in the efforts to flatten the curve and impact of this virus, we have made the very difficult decision to close the operations of ALL our churches which includes Sabbath Services, Wednesday and Friday Night services beginning Wednesday March 18, 2020 until further notice.

We will broadcast LIVE from Riverdale on Saturday, March 21, 2020. NO members can attend services. All members can watch live from home via the internet. All members who do not have internet can call in.

This includes the Passover April 6, The First Feast of Unleavened Bread April 8, The Last Feast of Unleavened Bread April 14. This maybe subject to change at any time.

Please stay at home for the feasts.

All tithes can be paid online via PayPal or can be mailed in, which ever is convenient.

The health of our members and employees is paramount, so while we apologize for this inconvenience, we believe it is the right thing to do at this time.

In the meantime, we encourage you to visit our website at https://theisraelofgod.com and download our free mobile app at https://ioglessons.vhx.tv/ for Sabbath Day Live, Wednesday Night and Friday Night Services.

During this time we will continue to have maintenance and janitorial crews on duty so that when we reopen, be assured we have done everything to ensure our churches are ready for your return.