Safe and Secure

I like movies. My son, Ethan, and I have watched many of them together over the years. One movie we went to see a few years ago was the remake of “True Grit.” While it’s tough to beat the original version with John Wayne, I really enjoyed the latest version of this classic western. One of the things I particularly liked about it was the musical score. If you listen closely, you can hear the song “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms.” The words of this song give us confidence that we are indeed “safe and secure from all alarms” when we trust in God.

The reality for us today is that we live in a world that is often far from safe. In recent years, the church has experienced this reality. Many church campuses across the country have been the scenes of senseless violence. While the reasons why may vary, the upshot is that the church must prepare for situations where the safety of the church family is threatened. With this in mind, we have created a Safety & Security Team here at Lanier Christian Church. This team has been meeting and planning since last fall to put procedures in place to make LCC more secure. While the work of this team is not complete, we have begun to take measures to improve the safety of our people while they are on our campus. As with any new venture, there are some changes that occur with regards to safety here at LCC. I would like to highlight a few for you.

First, every service at LCC will have people with trained medical expertise in attendance. We will have a schedule that will ensure that each service is covered if someone has a medical emergency. We recently installed an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the Anchor Room, and we are beefing up our First Aid kits as

well. Second, we have people manning strategic areas in our building during our services for the purpose of responding to potential threats that may arise. These individuals have undergone training for this purpose. This should not alarm you, but rather it should comfort you. We have not received any threats against the church, but it is wise to be prepared ahead of time just in case. I call this “preventive maintenance.” We seek to be proactive rather than reactive. A third major change affects our children’s area. In order

to keep our children as safe as possible, no one will be allowed in the children’s area during our services unless they have a legitimate reason to be there (teaching, leading a small group, leading worship, etc.). Parents can continue to check their children in and drop them off like normal. Members of our security team will act as “gatekeepers” to the children’s area to prevent unauthorized access (If you have any questions about this, please see Jody or me).

I hope these measures give you a level of comfort. The Bible tells us: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10). We want to make sure that people are safe on our campus as they worship that Name. Only God can keep us “safe and secure from all alarms,” but we want to do everything we can to enable people to worship in a safe and secure environment. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding in this effort.

Because the Lord is a strong tower, Mike