Dear Church Family,
This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!
In spite of Covid!
In spite of the lack of peace in our world and in our society!
In spite of challenges we face as individuals!
In spite of the spiritual battles that we face every day!
Today is the day that the Lord has made!
WE CHOOSE to rejoice in the gift of today!
#1: After evaluating the situation with the increasing Covid19 numbers in our state and in our county, we have decided to worship via streaming for the month of July.
There will be no “in-house” services for the month of July. One of my best friends is a pastor in Limestone County (in a church about the size of ours) and they are now up to 20 confirmed cases in their church. We are making the best decisions that we can make under these trying circumstances. Thank you for your prayers, encouragement and support. They mean the world!
#2: While we will not have “in house worship” in July, we are tentatively planning a Sunday evening picnic on July the 26th at 6 pm here at the church.
The church would provide one or two pizzas and water/cokes for each family depending upon the size of the family. The reason we are thinking about a picnic is because an outdoor picnic would allow us to both “socially distance” and also have the joy of seeing one another on the church lawn.
We would also take that opportunity to honor our graduates from high school and college as we did not get that opportunity in May.
We will make a final decision on the picnic next week as we evaluate the state of Covid in our county and state.
#3: Wonderful things are going on even as we deal with the issues of Covid. **This Sunday, Bobby Cooper will be baptizing a teenager that he recently led to the Lord. **Our D-Life groups and Sunday School classes are forging ahead both through Zoom and through Socially distanced meetings. **Our men’s Bible study had 16 in attendance this past Tuesday morning via Zoom! **Our giving to the Lord’s work has remained very strong as we averaged over $17,000 per Sunday in June in general fund offerings while money continues to be given to our Forward by faith and Lunches of Love ministries. **I continue to receive many positive comments about our online services (which are always accompanied by: “But I can’t wait till we are back in church!” And I always say “Amen!” to that! )
#4: We are continuing to renovate our church buildings during this period of time. The chapel floor has been replaced with the wood look vinyl and the chapel will be painted this week. Also, our parking lots are now repaired and restriped. We are also in the process of getting all the panels in the various bathrooms fixed and the preschool wing is in the process of being repainted as well.
#5: Both our youth and children are having outdoor, socially distanced meetings on Wednesday nights and those are going well.
Also, please remember that every Tuesday, I post a study in the Psalms to our website and to our Facebook page.
Also, every Wednesday night, we post a teaching time from Bro. David and Bro. Joe as well.
Also, if you have a topic or passage of Scripture that you would like for me to teach on, email me at TommyBolan5@gmail.com! I’ll make sure that I cover it.
Finally, what an honor it is to be your pastor and to serve this great church. This church body is one of the most committed, worshipful, loving, encouraging, persevering, and giving local churches anywhere to be found! Thank you for the part that you play each day to make this part of the Kingdom of God a joy to our Lord and to this entire church staff!
Yours in Christ Jesus, Bro. Tommy