COVID-19 Response / Preliminary Return Plan



May 3, 2020 • 9:00am

If you did not see yesterday's update to our Public Services Return Plan, we wanted to provide you this additional communication.  As of 11:59pm on 4/30/2020, the shelter-in-place order expired. 

Does this mean that we will be opening the church soon?  No.

Per the Emergency/Crisis Management Team (ECMT) Public Services Return Plan, the State Health Emergency Declaration must first lapse, then a 15-day monitoring period goes into effect before the ECMT makes a determination that we are ready to consider a phase-approach to return to having services on-site.  On April 30, Governor Kemp extended the State Health Emergency Declaration set to expire now on 6/12/2020.  If this holds firm, we will start our 15-day monitoring period starting 6/13/2020 and will expire 6/27/2020. 

This would mean that the first possible return wouldn't be considered until at least 7/4/2020 or later, pending the following factors have been satisfactorily met:

  • State and Local Health Emergency Declarations have lapsed
  • COVID-19 infection trend in local & surrounding counties has significantly diminished
  • Church Construction Project has been completed
  • Church A/V Equipment has been reinstalled, tested, and is operational
  • The Emergency/Crisis Management Team (ECMT) has met and agreed that the facility is ready to open, which includes a detailed plan for infection prevention with guidance from Federal, State, and Local government officials, as well as guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

Basically, this is just a detailed way to say that the church is not opening up for public services until at least July 4, or possibly later.

We will continue to keep you updated as this pandemic response is always evolving.  You can continue to get the most up-to-date information on our website at  If you have any questions, you can direct them to either Pastor Juanfer Monsalve or myself.


Josh Dobson, Communications & Public Relations Director


April 30, 2020 • 9:00pm

According to Governor Kemp, the Shelter In Place Order for the State of Georgia will expire tonight at 11:59pm.  With that said, he has extended the Shelter In Place for those who are elderly and medically vulnerable until June 12.  He has also extended the Public Health Emergency Declaration until June 12.  But what does that mean for us?

If you have not read our Return To Public Services Plan yet, I would encourage you to read it below.  Basically, the extension of the Public Health Emergency also extends our possible date of return back as well, which is not a bad thing.  As you may already be aware, COVID-19 hit Hall County much later than the rest of the state, which means our "curve" is not the same as Atlanta.  So, this gives us a little more time to plan our return in the most safe and thought-out way possible.  As part of the plan, the Emergency Management Team agreed that our church construction project needed to be completed and AV equipment re-installed BEFORE we considered a return.  The economic shutdown due to COVID-19 has created some delays in getting the emergency exit installed in the sanctuary, so today's address by Governor Kemp may give us some more time to get the building project completed.

Until then, please continue to log in online on Saturday mornings to our Zoom Sabbath School at 10am and our Live Service at 11:30am.  Please stay tuned to our primary social media outlet of Facebook and our Website for updates.


Josh Dobson, Communications & Public Relations Director


To clarify, we are NOT holding public services until further notice, this is a plan that we have in place when we decide that it is feasible to return to holding limited public services in our church facility.



March, 13, 2020 • 9:00pm

RE: All Events SUSPENDED Until Further Notice


Based on the following press release from the Office of Governor Kemp, we are following the recommendation of cancelling all services indefinitely until further notice.  We will be live streaming an abbreviated service starting at 11:30am.  You can find links at  We also are encouraging members to utilize online giving for tithes and offerings.  You can access the Adventist Giving site at or by downloading the AdventistGiving App on iTunes or Google Play.


During our live stream, we will also be providing updates for future services, so please tune in on Vimeo or Facebook tomorrow morning.  In the event the WiFi signal is poor at the church, we will be uploading the entire recording online.


Please share this notice with members that you know are not connected via email or the internet.


Josh Dobson

Communications & Public Relations Director


Kemp: Public Health Emergency in Georgia Effective Tomorrow



March 13, 2020


Atlanta, GA – Following President Trump’s national emergency declaration today, Governor Kemp issued the following statement:

“Based on President Trump's emergency declaration, I will declare a public health emergency for the State of Georgia tomorrow morning. This declaration will greatly assist health and emergency management officials across Georgia by deploying all available resources for the mitigation and treatment of COVID-19. In accordance with state law, I will call for a special session of the General Assembly to convene at the State Capitol at 8 AM on Monday, March 16, 2020 to ratify this action through a joint resolution.

"At this time, it is appropriate for faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider cancellation of public events and services."

Governor Brian Kemp

"At this time, it is appropriate for faith-based organizations and similar entities to consider cancellation of public events and services. Contact your local public health office or consult official sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, for helpful guidance on decision-making. Elderly citizens and those with chronic, underlying health conditions face a serious threat to their health, and we must do everything in our power to reduce risk associated with this virus. Continue to support one another, be mindful of potential exposure, use best practices to prevent infection, and pray for your fellow Americans in the weeks ahead."

After reviewing state records, it appears that Governor Kemp's declaration tomorrow will constitute Georgia's first ever public health emergency. The applicable code section is O.C.G.A. 38-3-51.

For updates on COVID-19, follow @GeorgiaEMA, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Twitter and @GEMA.OHS, @GaDPH and @GovKemp on Facebook. For more information, visit the DPH’s coronavirus webpage at



What You Should Know About the Coronavirus


Prevention & Treatment


What To Do If You Are Sick


Adventist Risk Management - Information Regarding COVID-19


CDC Frequently Asked Questions

Message published on behalf of Pastor Juanfer Monsalve by:
Josh Dobson, Communications & Public Relations Director
Gainesville Seventh-day Adventist Church