UPDATED MONDAY 3/16/20:
Greetings Anchor Church Family,
For better or for worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has been met with unprecedented protection measures from our community. The State Governor, for instance, has asked that all unnecessary gatherings be postponed for the next several weeks. While we do not consider church attendance unnecessary, we do support our government’s responsibility to safeguard our community and are temporarily changing how we conduct church events.
All Sunday Services Will be Exclusively Online This Week
This means that everyone should stay home on Sunday and participate in the church services online if they are able. The pastor(s) are preparing to livestream our Sunday Morning Worship Service via Facebook so that everyone can easily participate from their homes with minimal fuss. We understand that there are hundreds of other “church-at-home” options available to you at this time but we believe that God has Providentially equipped us for this moment with a congregation that is committed to one another and with pastors that know us personally. You will be able to watch the livestream on our homepage or our Facebook page.
All Meetups are Canceled This Week
Just to be clear, this means that the member’s meeting, the lady’s Monday meeting and all discipleship groups are canceled. Now more than ever we need to be encouraging one another with Scripture and praying for one another; however, we need to do this in a fashion that transmits Christ–not Coronavirus.
Please realize that these changes can adversely impact our church and each other if we do not pay attention to several areas:
- If you typically give by check or cash in the offerings, please consider giving electronically through the church’s online giving page.
- Please share your prayer requests and praises with the pastors by email, text or phone so that we can pray for those and share those with others as appropriate.
- Please stay in touch with one another and remind each other of God’s goodness
- Meditate on God’s promises and share them with others. These passages come to mind: Psalm 23, 46, 91, 112, Isaiah 25, 26, Matthew 14:22-36, Mark 4:35-41, Romans 8, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7, Revelation 21,22
In closing, we just want to remind everyone that this is not the time to be fearful but the time to be vigilant for opportunities to minister the “gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15). Farmers and gardeners plow their fields before planting because seeds sprout best on freshly disturbed soil. As God’s Sowers, we have an unprecedented opportunity to shower the seeds of the gospel of peace upon many fearful and disturbed hearts during this moment in our community.
“The God of peace be with you all.” Romans 15:33
The Pastors of Anchor Baptist Church