Bethel Family, given the recent requirements issued by our governmental leaders, we will not be having services (in person) for at least the next couple of weeks.  Hopefully, this public medical crisis will pass soon. However, in meantime we want to be socially responsible and consider the greater good of society. Since we are commanded in the Bible to submit to governing authorities (Romans 13; 1 Peter 2), this current situation provides us the opportunity to cooperate with the overall plan of reducing the spread of the coronavirus.  The government isn’t asking us to do something that is against God’s Word, but to help our fellow-neighbor through taking these precautions.

We hope to have a video/message for you posted on Sunday.  This certainly won’t be the same as seeing each other in person. However, the goal is to promote encouragement through God’s Word. In this period of social distancing we have to be creative in how we cultivate community with each other. We hope you will participate in “the service” on Sundays.

Let me encourage you to continue to pray for all involved in this situation.  In case you haven’t seen these bullet points, below are some ways the Executive Office of Free Will Baptists encourages us to pray. Pray for:

  • Those battling the virus (both patients and medical personnel)
  • Missionaries and international ministry partners
  • Strength against fear and panic
  • Leadership decisions and direction
  • The hope of the gospel made clear to a frightened world

Additionally, I think it is wise for all of us to stay informed.  Yet, it is very easy to succumb to continual news which has the tendency to drag our spirits down and to incite fear instead of faith. I encourage you to designate a time to check the news about the current crisis daily—and then leave the rest of your day to normal activities.

Use this time as an opportunity to reconnect with your family. Watch a movie together (at home). As the weather allows, get outside and play catch. Spend some time praying together as a family. If you would like a devotional resource, visit the D6 Family Blog.

If you know of anyone who has a special need during this time, please contact a member of the pastoral staff. We are here to help in any way possible.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

—The Pastoral Staff