I was still pretty new in my job. I had started the implementation of the new CMS (Church Management Software) at the First Baptist Church at the end of January. It was a steep learning curve, but things were progressing. About 45 days later, however, the whole project took a turn. The Brazos County Health Department issued a COVID-19 Alert and mandated mask wearing, social distancing, and ordered that people avoid meeting in groups. Restaurants, movie theatres, bowling alleys, schools, sports arenas, and churches (among other places) were all shut down. For just a few weeks we thought. But it turned out to be much longer. Much, much longer.
During the first month (or so) of the shutdown, I snuck into the church office to work. It was great production time because no one else was in the building. It gave me time to experiment with the accounting module and to get the Chart of Accounts set up exactly right. When the Municipal Order was extended, I worked on the Budgeting Module. Then the Payroll Module. And so on. The church scrambled to put Sunday School classes and Sunday Services on ZOOM and Google Meetings, and that is the way that the church met for the next 90+ days. Most days, I was usually the only person in the building -- it was a great time to learn a new software package.
I am happy to report that we escaped catching the COVID-19 bug, except for one minor case that Deb got. She quarantined herself at BaseCamp while she recovered; I stayed at FaithCamp.