Mar 12 20

Coronavirus Update

vmsmith

08.08.20  Update  8:20 p.m.

My first thoughts today are to thank the church for the outpouring of love, support, and compassion since the death of my mother last week and Pam’s recent hospital stay. We received numerous calls, cards, emails, and other messages of condolences. We sincerely appreciate every kind gesture expressed by church members and friends. Pam came home on Monday and my mother was laid to rest on Wednesday. Mostly, we have returned to our lives of the new normal.

I wish there were better news to report concerning our return to services, but the latest is that our status remains indefinite. When the ban against in-church meetings was restarted, it was hoped that a three-week hiatus would allow virus cases to flatten out and we would be ready to return. This didn’t happen and neither has any follow-up news of projected dates for reopening been reported.

I don’t have any special insight for you, although I probably follow reactions from religious leaders more closely than you. Christian news sources reported that LA County threatened John MacArthur with jail time and $1000 per day fines for each time his church defies the government’s order. Ventura County heavily fined another church for reopening in defiance of the ban. While there are many who support resisting the government, I have been interested to read the comments of those who see such actions as selfish and not in the best interest of ridding us of the virus nor of reopening the economy. As previous updates have noted, the convictions of Christians on this issue are varied. Strong opinions are expressed on both sides. We don’t expect the world to be in favor of anything we do, but the anti-reopening opinions of non-Christians have been especially strongly negative. I believe this is due to their fear of potential harm to everyone both physically and economically. I am not sure of all the effects of non-closure, but at minimum, it should give us pause to think clearly about what we do. We must be sure personal politics are not the real driving force behind our actions.

Our opinion is that the coming days will provide proof of either the wisdom or the folly of our decisions. In either case, the Lord surely knows we’ve made no decisions that are purposely destructive to the cause of Christ. We are certain to take other actions before this is possible. Until then we wait with full confidence that God will take care of us. Satan is hard at work and uses every trick at his disposal. We must be careful we don’t play into his hands. We remain strong through our confidence in God’s word and our obedience to the doctrines of the faith. This is the subject of tomorrow’s sermon. Unity is the theme—our doctrinal clarity undergirds our unity. Tomorrow’s sermon is posted below along with a fillable outline.

Study the word and pray for each other. God is always faithful to us. Let’s remain faithful to Him.

Pastor V. Mark Smith

Outline: The Unity of Believers, pt. 4

08.01.20  Update 

This week has been a trying time for my family and me. My wife was taken to the hospital early Thursday morning by ambulance and remains there indefinitely. I have asked three times to see her but haven’t been further than a few inches inside the ER entrance much less to get to her room on the second floor. Please pray her health will improve and she will be released soon.

While contemplating the events of Thursday, yesterday afternoon I received word from my sister in Kentucky that my mother passed away. Both of my sisters who have faithfully kept a vigil for her are deeply distraught. Last night my personal thoughts were sinking as I am alone at home thinking of how blessed I am to have parents who raised me to know and obey Christ. They are together again in the presence of God our Father awaiting the resurrection of their bodies at the return of Christ. I am saddened that present circumstances prevent me from traveling home to attend my mom’s funeral. I very much appreciate the condolences received and the promises of prayer. The church family is my greatest support and we stand together on the Solid Rock of Jesus Christ.

Meanwhile the trials of life continue as another week goes by with COVID-19 affecting the closure of churches throughout our state. This closure is highly controversial with some choosing to openly defy the ban while others are convinced we should remain closed until the government determines we may safely reopen. Some believe the whole pandemic episode is fake while others are fearfully panicked. It’s hard to imagine that such wide disparity in thinking is mostly cut along political lines and seems to have little to do with medicine, science, or even good sense. I mean on both sides we live in a world gone mad. The wickedness of this country has reached a Romans 1 level so that we expect not much more than for God to give us up to shamefully dishonor ourselves between ourselves.

I may seem jaded on these issues due to my personal trials, but please don’t mistake this for such despair that I have lost hope. No, I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day. Trials increase patience to faithfully endure until our hope is realized.

Please understand, keeping the church closed is one of the hardest decisions I have made in more than 40 years of ministry. It is the most unusual decision I’ve made by far. Though our church has expressed little dissent on what we must we do, the contrary winds from without are howling insisting that we are bowing to Caesar by obeying the government. For this reason, I spent a good deal of time this week composing a response to Dr. John MacArthur and his open letter to churches and pastors about Christ not Caesar being the head of the church. It is a long-form article that I encourage you to read in its entirety. Click this link to view. Also, here is a link to a response from another conservative Northern California church. If you haven’t read Dr. MacArthur’s letter, I have posted it in our public documents that may be viewed here. I suggest reading it for the context of my comments.

Tomorrow’s video sermon is ready and premieres at 6 a.m. The video and sermon outline follow this post. Please know that I am praying for all of you and anxiously await our reunion. Until then, let’s stand together and be good ambassadors for our Lord in this world deceived by principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Pastor V. Mark Smith

Outline: The Unity of Believers, pt. 3

07.25.20 Update 2:40 p.m.

Welcome to another Coronavirus update! I know this is a profoundly serious matter, but I must say that if the Coronavirus doesn’t get me, talking about it so much just might. Every evening my wife and I watch the news and each time we remark how sick we are of hearing about it. Unfortunately, it’s here and apparently will be a thorn for the foreseeable future.

This week has seen a remarkable development from those who have reversed course and decided to disobey the ban on opening. Yesterday, Dr. John MacArthur released a statement declaring that his church will defy the ban and resume in-person services. As you know, other churches are already defiant, but these in general are groups that I cannot respect due to their flagrant faulty interpretations of scripture. MacArthur’s decision is important because of his usual wise and careful handling of the word of God. If you care to research his reasoning, the statement is easily found on the internet and in many parts, we are in perfect agreement. However, we do not believe defying the ban is currently wise and proper. We still regard it as a temporary measure to assist the well-being of our citizens and reduce the load on strained hospitals and their workers. We voluntarily agree to remain shut down as an act of conscience not because of a government mandate even though we believe our measures when opened were safe and did not put anyone at undue risk. We do not feel qualified to make a certified announcement that we are correct in our assumptions. At some future date, we may recognize the desired objective is too elusive and these measures are not working. If this is the case, we make our own decision to reopen. We will do so when many unanswered questions about the spread of the disease and the consequences of disobedience are clearer. This is not to say state persecution might possibly rule our decisions. We stand with our forefathers determined to endure for the sake of the gospel. Meanwhile, I want to emphasize that quarantine is a biblically sanctioned method for the control of infectious diseases. To my knowledge the New Testament does not record an instance of this in the church, however, the Old Testament is sufficient for precedent.

Perhaps you understand a little better the reason I am tired of this. When I walked in the building to do the recording of this Sunday’s message, I walked around the curtain to view lights on in an empty auditorium and a sense of grief overwhelmed me. Believe me, I wish this whole thing were as easy as saying I am independent and therefore I do as I please. I am not and therefore every action has the welfare of this church at heart. Please continue to pray for wisdom to be well-pleasing to our Lord.

One other note…stay tuned for an announcement of either a weekday Bible lesson or a recorded Forum Class type question and answer session. I am working on the possibilities…

With this said, tomorrow’s message continues the thought of unity in the church. The Unity of Believers, part 2 premieres tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. The message is posted below along with an outline. Be sure to watch and worship!

Pastor V. Mark Smith

Outline: The Unity of Believers, part 2

07.18.20 Update 2:45 p.m.

As I mentioned in the mid-week update, due to a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases, our governor has issued an order for churches in Sonoma County to cease indoor in-person services. This ban is in place for at least 3 weeks which means we are closed at least through Sunday, August 2. We are unhappy with this for various reasons. Some are unhappy because it’s a governmental order which they prefer to resist. It is a governmental order that is inequitable at best when our governor and others refuse to enforce social distancing in dispersing crowds that gather in close quarters for social protests. Others are unhappy because once we were permitted to meet, we carefully complied with the guidelines and had no issues. In fact, although you have heard there have been sporadic infections in churches, our churches have not proved to be an even remotely significant source of new Coronavirus cases. Still, I believe the consensus of our church members is that we should obey the government’s order and so we shall.

My disappointment includes both the preceding reasons, but these are not my chief reason. Recently, I heard a pastor say he preaches because it’s part of his job. If he could do the other parts of his job without preaching, he would be content to give it up. He said he doesn’t even like to be called “Preacher.” I think that is about as far as can be from what Paul told Timothy to do. He told him to preach the word and with his preaching to rebuke, to reprove and to exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. He couldn’t do any other parts of his job without preaching because the people can’t know the Lord and do anything themselves for Him unless they hear and believe. How shall they believe in whom they have not heard, and how shall they hear without a preacher? (Romans 10:14). Does this sound like preaching is a tacked-on responsibility of pastoring a church?

Where and how we preach is important. A pastor needs his people to surround him. He needs to see their faces and have contact. Video screens are no way to have a church because church is an assembly. We are without church if we don’t meet. Don’t think Satan doesn’t know this. If he can make people content to sit on the couch at home and call it church, he’ll do everything he can to make it happen. Even though we don’t believe the government is consciously trying to prevent freedom of religion by keeping us from meeting, it is yet to be proved that most people are aware they are Satan’s pawns.

I want to preach, and my greatest disappointment was hearing that I must go back to preaching to a camera that never says amen and never nods its approval and never laughs, cries, fidgets, yawns, sleeps, looks interested or disinterested. Preaching to a camera is cold and I like warm bodies. If you like what you hear great! If you don’t, rebuking is also a part of the job. Regardless, there is nothing as important as preaching the word, and for a preacher to push it down below organizing church suppers—maybe he shouldn’t be called “preacher.”

Do you see what happens when I’m confined to an office and a computer? You can see my nerves are beginning to fray. Pray for your preacher! With that said, here is some information you need. Following this post is a link to tomorrow’s sermon and outline. It premieres tomorrow morning at 6:00 a.m. We will keep you updated about any change to service schedules. Tithes and offerings may be mailed to the church or you may give online by clicking on the donate button at the bottom of any page on our website.

Gather the family and watch the video tomorrow morning. Read scriptures and pray that we will be together again soon. I will miss your fellowship and your veiled faces.

Pastor V. Mark Smith

Outline: The Unity of Believers, pt. 1

Sermon: The Unity of Believers, pt. 1

07.15.20  Update

I hope all of you are having a great Wednesday and looking forward to the Lord’s Day. This is a brief mid-week update for two purposes. First, many of you are wondering about the status of in-person services for this Sunday, July 19. You have probably heard the scuttlebutt of another round of closures and I am personally disappointed to announce that Governor Newsom has issued a mandatory order that we must cease indoor in-person services. I am disappointed because despite the difficulties of complying with reopening procedures, the spirit in our church couldn’t have been better. It was enjoyable to endure the hardships together. But due to this order, we must revert to the pre-opening format of recorded messages to be viewed in your homes on Sunday. We must comply for the good and safety of all not to mention the political, social, and economic hazards of not complying.

We don’t know how long this will last. As you are aware, the decision is tied to the percentage of COVID-19 cases in our county. As of today, I understand this ban is in effect until at least midnight on August 2, which will put us out of church for at least three Sundays. As usual, we will keep you updated if there is any change. Later in the week, there will be another update with links to the pre-recorded message and the outline of the sermon.

My second purpose is to pass along the news that last Sunday’s message on fasting is now available on our website. The links for the message and the outline follow this post. I am grateful for the interest in the topic of fasting and if you missed the service, you have opportunity for viewing. Others might want to review by listening again.

I hope your week goes well and that none of us will let Satan’s often discouragements undermine our joy. Remember, God is sovereign, and Satan does nothing God doesn’t allow.

Pastor V. Mark Smith

Outline: What Does the Bible Say About Fasting?

07.12.20  Update 3:00 p.m.

Since reopening services on June 14, I have been pleasantly surprised by the good attendance in our church services. We are spread throughout the auditorium due to social distancing, but we have managed to get everyone seated and have followed the necessary guidelines. Still, some are missing because of concerns with COVID-19 and we understand why the elderly are cautious about attending. Coupling these absences with the 4th of July weekend kept last week’s attendance rather low.

As delighted as I’ve been with the good attendance, I must say I am more so with the spirit of our church. We’ve weathered this storm well and many of you have proved your allegiance to our Lord and to this body of believers. It’s good to know despite much adversity there are people who sincerely love their church and want to be counted faithful. We’ve met each challenge and we press forward each week even though our services are limited in times we can meet and what we can do when we meet. Last week, it was the restriction against singing. We love to sing, and I thought doing without would be unbearable. However, I found that pausing to read the words on the screen as the musicians played was moving and thought provoking and enabled us to worship in a more contemplative way. I am not saying it was better—I am just saying if we want to worship the Lord, He will accept our heartfelt, sincere efforts. If He is pleased, we are pleased.

I understand from the local paper that dust is flying as pastors are kicking up their heels against the ban on singing. Some defied the ban last week and intend to do so again this week. Most likely this latest restriction will find its way into the courts to see if it will stand constitutional scrutiny. Though we are not happy with it, we will obey until told otherwise. Thus far, the constitution has saved no lives from the coronavirus. I have been told upon good authority that Christians can and do die.

For those of you unable to attend last week because of virus concerns or because of the 4th of July weekend, the message Rebuilding Righteousness in Our Nation is now posted. We apologize for the delay and you can listen at your leisure. The link to the sermon is at the end of this update. The blank outline can be found by clicking here. Tomorrow, we will steer away from comments on the virus and the turmoil in our nation to consider a completely different subject. I want to speak about fasting. What does the Bible say about fasting? Are we commanded to fast, and will it help in this COVID-19 crisis?

Before I let you go, many thanks to Lucy Kunz and the ladies of the church for sending a box of goodies and letters of encouragement to my wife. They came at an excellent time as the Lord moved you with compassion for her. Her days are filled with much discouragement from her disease, but these hard times are bearable when you know the Lord and His people are on your side. When she opened the surprise box of sunshine, her spirits revived. We appreciate your prayers and acts of kindness.

God bless each of you, and I look forward to our fellowship tomorrow!

Pastor V. Mark Smith

07.04.20  Update 5:05 p.m.

Happy 4th of July! We hope you are enjoying this holiday as we celebrate the 244th year of our Declaration of Independence. This Independence Day is one for the books and won’t be soon forgotten. Our country has changed in profound ways not the least of which is the shameful disregard of our history, lack of patriotism, and loss of pride in being Americans. A few weeks ago, I was in the post office. The lady in line in front of me refused to buy stamps because they were imprinted with the American flag. Yesterday, the news reported that many would not celebrate the 4th this year because America is not free, and we are an unjust society. You’ve seen the anarchy that reigns in the streets with the idiocy of those who claim they are fighting for justice while at the same time breaking the laws we live by. Justice obtained by injustice is about as convoluted as the human mind can get. Yet, we are not alarmed because the Holy Scriptures describe such times. The mind is ravaged by sin which makes for incomprehensible irrationality.

It is upsetting and if we dwell on it, we will never be anything but miserable and angry. This is the reason we need the scriptures to explain such things and to remind us that the people of God are citizens of another country where perfect peace and righteousness is the rule for eternity. We are only strangers and pilgrims passing through this world of turmoil on our way to the city built by God. Turmoil does not surprise us. We expect it because God is preparing the world for His perfect justice that is not built on fallacious human opinions. Our hope is anchored in Jesus Christ, the eternal refuge for our souls.

Instead of commiserating over our common woes, let’s rejoice in our common salvation! Tomorrow is the Lord’s Day and we are prepared to meet again to worship our Lord and Saviour. Another new dynamic will be introduced to tomorrow’s worship. I precede this announcement with the words of the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed but not in despair… We are thankful we can meet but the latest edict handed down by our governor is that singing in the service is strictly forbidden. I’ll leave you to do the research on the reasoning. I only want to say that on our part we will obey this latest order for the good health of all those who attend our services. We are happy to comply but not happy that we need to. Singing praises is integral to our worship and leaves us measurably unfulfilled when we can’t. We will still make melody in our hearts as we listen to our musicians play our hymns. Thus far the governor has not determined the virus is transmitted by sound waves!

We invite you to come and be a part of the services. You are a part when you attend, although for the time being participation is certainly limited. The word of God will be preached, and we will rejoice in our Lord for free salvation in Christ and for freedom to assemble and freedom to preach. Thank God He has chosen the people of worship, has revealed the purpose for worship, has a plan for worship, and has given us a place to worship. Interestingly, we need not expend much extra effort for this Sunday to be the most unusual 4th of July weekend any of us has experienced.

I hope to see you tomorrow!

Pastor V. Mark Smith

06.29.20 Update  11:55 a.m.

I have a brief update for you on this Monday morning. I hope all of you are well and had a blessed Lord’s Day. Yesterday’s service was well attended, and we had a wonderful time of worship. The Lord has His purposes in the hardships endured. I genuinely believe missing church and then working together to reopen for worship has been good for us. The spirit of the people is outstanding, perhaps better than I’ve seen in years. With face masks, I can’t see all your expressions, but I can read the eyes and hear the voices. The common experience is expressed by the Psalmist: “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.”

Our thanks to Jason Guritz who quickly posted yesterday’s video sermon for those who were unable to attend. Please follow the link below to listen. I’ve also provided the blank outline for notes which you can view and print by clicking here. I hope to see you again on Sunday as we gather for the 4th of July weekend. Our topic is Rebuilding Righteousness in our Nation.

Pastor V. Mark Smith

06.27.20  Update 6:55 p.m.

Happy Saturday afternoon to everyone. I hope you are doing well and anticipating our services tomorrow morning. To date, we are happy to report that no one in the church has fallen ill from COVID-19. Still, there are some taking all precautions not to get out and mingle in the crowds until the virus is better under control. Once again, we thank our volunteers for doing an excellent job of keeping the church clean and making sure everyone follows the guidelines for social distancing and other safety precautions.

Last week I was disappointed to be unable to attend. Of course, the greatest disappointment was my wife’s illness that caused another hospital visit. I called an ambulance for her in the early hours and she was admitted. She is now home and only marginally better. We thank you for continuing to pray for her. Unfortunately, there was no time to warn anyone and prepare them, so early last Sunday morning I made the call for help to conduct the service. My deepest appreciation to Jorge for preaching and for others who made sure you were able to have a time of worship. I was also disappointed to miss the fellowship of God’s people and not share my Father’s Day message. I plan to bring the message to you tomorrow. I’ve flattened out some of the Father’s Day references and the subject is applicable to all our church members and friends.

Another disappointment is the lack of a video recording of Jorge’s message. I know those who are unable to attend expect to view the messages later in the week. We were unable to record, so there won’t be a video available later. However, I hoped we would have an audio recording available by now but that hasn’t happened either. We should have the video recording of tomorrow’s sermon later in the week and perhaps the audio of Jorge’s message as well. I’ve mentioned these woes before but is seems incredible that living in the tech capital of the world we would have such poor internet availability at our location. I hope everyone is praying that this nightmare virus threat will soon be over. There are many reasons to pray for it and near the top of my list is to get back to normal church without these constant issues that plague us.

Tomorrow, the same protocols are in place. We still need cleaning and other volunteers, but not as many as before. Rather, we need you on a rotating basis to share some of the work that prevents the same people week after week from being able to attend the service. If you are willing to trade-off and help share one of the responsibilities, please let us know.

Remember our new service time is 10:30 a.m. Please try to arrive around 10:15 a.m. to make it through screening and enable a timely beginning of the service. We will follow this schedule most likely through the summer or perhaps longer depending on the status of the pandemic. Get a good night’s rest and be ready to worship tomorrow!

Pastor V. Mark Smith

06.20.20  Update

The best news I can report today is to reflect on services from last week. It was our first Sunday back in church after 3 months of sitting home absent from the fellowship of the church. The excitement began last Saturday as we had an army of volunteers that met in the parking lot to receive assignments for cleaning and disinfecting the building for services the next day. We accomplished the cleaning in Nehemiah fashion completing a daunting task in about 1 ½ hours. It didn’t seem like work as everyone eagerly and gladly put their hands to the business. Everyone wanted a part in making it happen as if this was the most important undertaking in the Lord’s service.

The same volunteers agreed to come early on Sunday morning to take up their positions to make sure all precautions were met. There was excitement and I couldn’t have been more pleased about the enthusiasm of our people and the worshipful attitude as we were finally able to sing, pray, and hear preaching together. I am honored to pastor such fine people whose joy is the Lord. Even though the day was different because of the cleaning protocols, the masks, the inability to stand close, shake hands, hug, and enjoy each other in close quarters, still it was a great day. The fact that so many worked to make it happen and saw the fruits of their labors made it all the much better. We can endure the inconveniences to be together as God’s church. And then, the greatest surprise was the number of people that came. With our social distancing, we filled all available seats. We may need to add more chairs tomorrow if our crowd increases.

Last Sunday was a preview of what services will be like for quite some time. We don’t know how long this will last and until it’s over and/or restrictions are relaxed we must go through the same steps week after week. More good news is that Saturday cleaning will not be necessary. We have seven days between services which is too long for the virus to survive even if there was some present in the building. Preparations for the next service are done by our excellent regular cleaning crew now that the major portion is taken care of.

We still need help. We need ushers, musicians, and some volunteers to be at church at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for assignments. We don’t need everybody but what is wrong with being there at 10:00 anyway? We can stand 6 ft. apart and have good conversation. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. but we would like those who aren’t helping to arrive by 10:15 a.m. so we can get everyone screened, in the building, and properly seated for a timely start with the Call to Worship.

Several who couldn’t come to the last service asked about the sermon video for last Sunday. I hoped it would be posted by last Monday but unfortunately, we weren’t able to accomplish it. It is available now and posted below this update. We are sincerely looking forward to seeing you tomorrow morning as we gather again to praise our great Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. For those who can’t come, our prayers are with you that you may soon join us again.

Pastor V. Mark Smith

06.12.20  Update 6:55 p.m.

We are thankful to say everything is on track to reopen our services on Sunday morning June 14. My update is a day early to remind church officers and volunteers that we will meet tomorrow morning, Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. to prepare the building for opening and assign duties for the Sunday service. Please remember our new service time is 10:30 a.m. This will be the only service of the week until further notice.

Since we will be in church on Sunday, we did not make a recording of the Sunday sermon today as we’ve been doing on Fridays since the shutdown began. The Sunday morning sermon will be recorded during the service and will be posted on the website early in the week. We will also send out the sermon to email subscribers. We regret that internet service to our building is not fast enough for livestreaming. Yes, I realize we are living in the tech capital of the world and our service should not be this poor. If you want to know why, just ask!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. The procedures for reopening are at this link. This will tell you what to do when you arrive on the property and what we will do to keep you safe. We are committed to protecting the good health of everyone, and until we are sure we can do this, we are suspending other services to reduce time in the building. Please pray for God’s blessings that all will go well this Sunday. Also pray for the soon return to our full worship schedule.

I’ll see some of you tomorrow and hopefully more of you on Sunday!

Pastor V. Mark Smith

06.06.20  Update  7:30 p.m.

Policies for Reopening

By the grace of God, I am pleased to announce that on Sunday, June 14 we will resume in-church services. The past three months have been a trial of faith and even though we are ready to return to worship, the trials are not over. We must adjust the ways we are used to worshipping to accommodate the safety of our congregation and our community in this ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The government has given permission for us to meet but this permission comes at a price. I hold in my hand a 13-page document from the State of California describing conditions that must be met to mitigate the spread of the virus. This is in addition to other documents produced by the Center for Disease Control, CAL OSHA, and the California Department of Public Health. These documents include cleaning and disinfecting protocols, social distancing, personal hygiene, attendance restrictions, and even elements of worship services that must be curtailed or eliminated.

Our services will be different from anything we’ve seen before. I know many of you are confused about what to do and the government has not been on our side to help us reach clarity. This is the reason we thought we could go back to church earlier and then had to pull back. We were not able to open for services tomorrow because final approval was withheld until the last minute leaving us with no time to be properly prepared.

Since we now have permission, we need to make everyone aware of our plans. Clicking this link will open a document entitled Policies for Reopening. It will advise you on what to expect and how to prepare yourself for our first service back on June 14. Without listing on this page everything in this document, I want to emphasize some important information. Until notified otherwise, we will conduct only one weekly service which will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings. This is the preaching service. Forum Class, Sunday afternoon service, and Wednesday evening Bible study are canceled until further notice. The 10:30 a.m. Sunday service will be approximately one hour. We are following the recommended guidelines for limited use of the building and exposure to the virus.

On Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m., we will host a meeting of officers and volunteers to discuss opening protocols and to clean and sanitize the building. I am thankful many of you responded and with many hands for the work, we should be able to handle this speedily. We welcome more help if for nothing else than we would love to see you! Everyone, please come prepared with masks. If you’ve been in the stores lately and among crowds, you are already aware of what this meeting will look like. We will begin in the parking lot. I don’t intend to keep you long as we will fill you in, answer questions, and then do our work.

Meanwhile, we still have tomorrow, June 7 to consider, don’t we? This will be another in your homes video with a sermon about Christian service. Fan the Flame of the Faith is our subject. You may watch by clicking the following video link. Prayerfully, this is the last time we’ll be separated. Accordingly, pre-recorded Sunday sermons will not be available after this week. We understand some of you will not be able to attend due to age and underling medical conditions. We are sorry that internet service to our building is too poor to permit livestreaming. The Sunday sermon will be recorded but not available until later in the week. We will do our best to make it available as soon as possible.

We hope to see you soon!

Pastor V. Mark Smith

Outline: Fan the Flame of the Faith