Nye County Sheriff’s Office

Sharon Wehrly, Sheriff

Declaration of Existence for Local Emergency

FOR IMMEDIATE RESPONSE: March 25, 2020

CONTACT: Don Boulden; N.C.S.O. Chaplain Email: sheriff@co.nye.nv.us Non-Emergency Phone: (775)751-7000 PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH YOUR CONGREGATION Emergency Only: 911 Email: djboulden@co.nye.nv.us Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Office Phone: 775-764-0982 On behalf of Sheriff Sharon Wehrly and the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to respectfully request of all Faith Leaders to share with your congregations the importance of helping yourself, your family, your businesses, our local churches, and our communities to remain safe from COVID-19, during this year’s Flu season. COVID-19, symptoms are very similar to the Flu. Please recognize this event is not to be reflected upon as a vacation or a holiday away from our regular daily and work routines. Avoid close contact with people who are sick and stay home when you are sick. Regardless of your work status, an employee who can work from home should do so. This conscious choice is preferable to having employee’s unnecessarily spread disease in our workplaces. Any ill employees should absolutely stay at home. If you own your business, please take the necessary steps to protect your employees who must remain at work in person. Work with our community leaders and community friends in accordance with guidance appropriate to each individual and workplace. Don’t forget to cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw that tissue in the toilet or trash. Clean and disinfect your homes and churches and more frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipers. Clean your cell phones, TV remote controllers, and all other household appliances commonly touched by people. Please wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol base sanitizer that contains a minimum of 60% alcohol often for a minimum of 20-seconds: after using the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose and after coughing or sneezing, and after the use of kitchen utensils. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth after coughing or sneezing. Please use tissue/wipes when opening doors or when using shopping carts at the grocery stores, gas pumps, escalators, and other common objects used by multiple people. This event is not a, “one size fits all,” situation. What may work for one community, may not work for another in the same way. There needs to be a F.O.C.U.S. – F.OREVER O.BEDIENT C.ALLED U.NTO S.ERVICE attitude that reflects the glory of Christ in us and through all of us to do our part, and help to assist to reduce the transmission of this disease; COVID-19. Take care of our elderly whom have underlying health conditions, and who live in other high-risk populations. Encourage them to stay home and avoid unnecessary contact with others to avoid becoming ill themselves. Faith Leaders who are unable to adequately comply with safety guidelines should consider postponing services for your congregations. Many church leaders are using other technological means to tend to the needs of their congregation. We are asking Faith Leaders to comply with safety guidelines and avoid gatherings of more than 10-people in one space location at any time. Always remain 6-feet apart from one another. Fewer people in the room with a larger distance of space between them is the only way to decrease the risk of COVID-19 from spreading. Please take notice, your local law enforcement agencies are now expected to enforce new provisions ordered by their local governments for persons whom may refuse to comply with guidelines outlined to refrain from having public gathering of 10 or more persons; under Nevada Revised Statues: NRS 202.450 & 202.595. Penalties are subject to a Gross Misdemeanor & and/or Felony. Thank you for your attention given to this matter for the safety of all of us, N.C.S.O. Chaplain Don Boulden.

 
We will be hosting our Sunday Morning Service on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FSBCPahrumpNV/) live at 11 am on Sundays. The services will be posted here, under the Media Tab, at or about 1 pm on Sundays. Until further notice, ALL onsite activities at at First Southern Baptist Church of Pahrump are suspended. Contact Pastor Floyd Banks at 775 910 3221 or 775 513 6009.
 
Suspending of Church Services March 16, 2020 Going Forward Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.” Moses then summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you will go with this people into the land the Lord swore to give to their fathers. You will enable them to take possession of it. The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”  [Deuteronomy 31:6-8]  We stand at the precipice of the great unknown.  The COVID-19 virus is changing everything we thought we knew about the normalcy of life.  There are very few people left in the world who have experienced a pandemic of this proportion.  We are on to some extent unprecedented ground. It is in times like this when we show the strength of our faith.  This doesn’t mean that we ignore what is going on around us but instead we stand firm in our belief in God.  All things have a purpose.  No matter what happens we continue to praise him for who He is and for what He has done for us. Five days ago  the CDC recommended “for organizations that serve high-risk populations, (that we should) cancel gatherings of more than 10 people.”  Today the Whitehouse made that announcement. Therefore as the person charged by God to care for His flock, I am effective immediately complying with the guideline.  There will be no Devotional, Sunday school Church Service Bible Study or Youth group on First Southern Baptist Church grounds.  I do this with much reservation but I do so after discussion with the Trustees, Deacons and other key persons in this church.  Ultimately the responsibility rests with me and I do this with the assurance in my spirit that it is absolutely the right thing to do. I understand some of you may disagree with this decision.  It is your right to do so, however I must do what is best for the all members of the church not just a few individuals. I am not just closing the doors, saying God bless and walking away.  For those of you with internet access I plan to have sermons on our FSBC website: https://www.fsbcpahrump.com/home/
and our Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FSBCPahrumpNV platforms.
For those of you without an online presence, we will have the DVD’s available in a weatherproof container in the alcove in the front of the church. The survival and health of our people is our primary concern.  At the same time I have been asked “How does our church survive without Tithes and Offerings?”  My answer to that is each of us, especially during this time of uncertainty, must search ourselves and ask for God’s guidance.  For anyone wanting to give online: https://www.fsbcpahrump.com/give-2/ or you may mail your tithes and offerings to the church: P.O. Box 399, Pahrump, NV 89041. I gave my phone number on Sunday (775 910 3221).  You may also call the church at 775-513-6009. If there is anyone who needs me I am but a phone call away.  Know this.  I am  not abandoning you or the church: quite the opposite.  If I didn’t care I’d just pack you in until everyone was too sick to come, but then I’d have to look myself in the mirror and answer to God.  You have heard me say: “My worst fear is disappointing God.”   Trust me.  This is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make in my life and my career as a Pastor. Neither I nor our Governmental leaders have any idea when or if life will return to normal: I pray it will.  I pray that when our new normal comes, I hope to see each and every one of you at First Southern Baptist Church: “Where friends are made and souls are saved!” Be Blessed in Jesus name and read your Bible! Pastor Floyd B. Banks First Southern Baptist Church Pahrump 775 910 3221 775 513 6009 Here are some guidelines from the CDC website: There are some common sense measures everyone can take to protect themselves and others from the spread of respiratory illnesses including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at a time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

It is also good practice to start being more aware of the number of times a day your hands touch an object or hard surface and then touch your face without being washed. Limiting the exposure of your nose, mouth and eyes to unwashed hands can help to protect from the spread of all germs and illnesses. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/get-your-household-ready-for-COVID-19.html

This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  

1 Timothy 2:3-4

This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  

1 Timothy 2:3-4

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. 

Romans 15:7

 

ALL are welcome in His house.