Keeping in touch | Mt. Airy News
Pastor Rusty Reed of the Flat Rock Baptist Church preachers at a parking lot full of cars during a Sunday drive-in service at the church. Parishioners can park in the parking lot for the 11 a.m. service, tune their FM radio to 87.9 on the dial, and listen without ever leaving their cars. –
A person watches and listens to Reverend Rusty Reed at Flat Rock Baptist Church. The service was also broadcast on FM radio, tuning 87.9 FM. – Flat Rock Baptist Church / Billy Childress
With Governor Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order in place, along with the social distancing policies recommended by the CDC, staying in touch with others has been a challenge, especially for organizations that depend on online interaction. face to face.
But a few of these groups have found ways to stay connected.
One of them is the Grand Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce, which has seen the regular schmoozing in person among its scaled-down events.
“Networking is a big part of what we do,” said Randy Collins, president and CEO of the chamber. In addition to large annual events such as the Autumn Leaves Festival, Citizen of the Year Award, and similar gatherings, the chamber typically hosts a monthly after-hours meeting, as well as periodic Lunch With Leaders presentations.
“With the governor’s order limiting gatherings to 10 or less, that’s difficult to do,” Collins said.
Difficult, but not impossible, once chamber officials sought to move their gatherings to the virtual world. Now the chamber sponsors what it calls a weekly virtual mixer, using an online video conferencing service called Zoom.
“People can connect by phone or participate in video conferencing,” Collins said. The first took place on Thursday April 2. “We’ve brought together almost 30 companies… it’s a time when people can connect with other people, even if it’s virtually, we can see how everyone is doing, if they need help. for anything. We normally have a speaker who speaks for 5 or 10 minutes on a topic.
The next mix is scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m., and those who wish to participate can head to http://members.mtairyncchamber.org/events/details/virtual-business-networking-4-april-2020-1638
Surry County School Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves is scheduled to speak. On the April 23 Mixer page, there is a link to past online meetings. Dr Kim Morrison, Superintendent of Schools for the Town of Mount Airy, and Todd Tucker, President of the Surry County Economic Development Partnership, were the speakers on the last two mixers.
Churches face unique challenges in fulfilling their biblical mandate to come together and serve their members, but Flat Rock Baptist Church has taken a new approach – the church has been running drive-thru services since the end of March.
In a move reminiscent of the old Bright Leaf Drive-In cinema days, when moviegoers could park and watch a movie on a giant outdoor screen, with either a speaker hanging from their door ringing in the sound, or through the car radio, members and visitors can park in the Flat Rock parking lot on Sunday morning and listen to the service on their FM radios.
“It was Mark King’s idea,” church pastor Rusty Reed said. “He is the president of our deacons. We wanted to continue to have some form of brotherhood and always be in compliance with the social distancing rules. He wondered if we could maybe broadcast on a frequency that would come in through FM radio.
After doing some research, King and others figured out it was doable.
“We bought a piece of equipment that would allow us to do that,” Reed said. This equipment allows the church to broadcast with a limited signal that reaches a few hundred meters. People arrive in the church parking lot, tune their radios to 87.9 on the FM dial, and they can hear Reed speaking from the shelter of the awning above the temporary parking lot.
He said the church usually holds a communion service when a month has a fifth Sunday, and March 29 was one of those dates.
“I would pray remotely with them,” the minister said. Communion was given from a tray that individuals could access from their cars, so that no one violated the Governor’s Order or the recommendations of the CDC.
Reed said there was a great turnout for the fellowship service.
“We had people passing right on the highway who saw our sign and then came,” he said.
The successive services saw the influx grow, with 55 cars in the parking lot last week.
“We had a couple who came from Mocksville in search of a place of worship. We brought in people from Pilot Mountain.
The next service is set this morning at 11 a.m.
Funny emails keep Rotarians in touch
The Mount Airy Noontime Rotary Club typically meets every Tuesday for lunch, a practice that was suspended by order of the governor.
Club president Doug Yarboro has taken it upon himself to help everyone stay connected through a daily email newsletter he sends to members.
“I decided to do this to make sure we stay somewhat connected,” he said. The content of her daily missive is fairly straightforward, but apparently effective given that Rotary club members are talking about it in the community.
“I send facts about Rotary every day, a different fact about Rotary every day that talks about the different departments involved with Rotary, how Rotary was founded, things like that. And a joke of the day.
Granted, he said a lot of jokes are cheesy – which sometimes makes them a lot more effective. He also challenged Rotary Club members – if they can identify the source of his comedic material, he will donate $ 10 each week they don’t meet to the Rotary Club disease research projects. Alzheimer’s.
He also doesn’t use someone else’s joke.
“One of our club members made up a really cool joke so I included that as well. I’m just trying to make sure everyone can start their day with a smile.
While his supply of fun material is nearly endless, Yarboro says he hopes the coronavirus crisis ends fairly quickly.
“I have about fifty facts about Rotary. I hope we can start to meet before I review them, ”he said.
Pastor Rusty Reed of the Flat Rock Baptist Church preachers at a parking lot full of cars during a Sunday drive-in service at the church. Parishioners can park in the parking lot for the 11 a.m. service, tune their FM radio to 87.9 on the dial, and listen without ever leaving their cars.
A person watches and listens to Reverend Rusty Reed at Flat Rock Baptist Church. The service was also broadcast on FM radio, tuning 87.9 FM.