March 17, 2020
A letter on our Coronavirus response
What an unusual time we are in. So many unknowns; but still a Savior who is steadfast and never changes.
Our goal is to always make sure each of you remain safe and healthy while at the same time abide by any requirements being shared by Governor Kay Ivey and our local Jefferson County Department of Health. It was decided that we should completely shut down our campus for this week.
So, effective today, Monday, March 17, our campus will be completely closed. This does include Wednesday evening March 18. We will be in prayer for you and your family, we will also send daily thoughts of encouragements to you. Please visit our website for future updates.
During this time, we will be working diligently to sanitize and disinfect every part of our campus. Please understand that no groups (big or small) will be allowed on campus for any reason. We are hoping this helps reduce any potential transmission of the virus and quickly brings an end to this situation.
I know this is an inconvenience, but this is the safest solution for us all.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Direct any specific ministry questions to me.
Pastor Morris Johnson
Additional Questions You May Be Asking
Is the campus open?
For the time being, our campus is closed. We’re working to sanitize our building, but in the interest of your safety, and in accordance to the CDC’s instruction.
Where is God in all this?
Disease (pestilence as it is sometimes called in the Bible) is part of the human condition. When sin entered the world, sickness became a part of life. He sometimes uses critical times to draw people back to Himself, and this may be one of those times, or it may just part of being human. What we do know is we want to be sensitive to the fears surrounding such uncertainty as today but pray that God uses this situation to lead people to a saving faith in Him. He has not changed. He remains the Alpha and the Omega, and “Our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
How Can I Be Faithful In My Giving?
Even if we don’t be meet on campus for the next couple of weeks, there are several ways you can give. By mail or online giving.
What about my small group?
There are ways we can take care of each other without being together. The Ministry Team here is researching ways for us to connect without being on campus together, but technology allows for some amazing ways we can interact with one another virtually without being in one place. We urge you to continue to look after one another, praying for one another, and connecting through phone, text, video conferencing apps, and any of several ways available to you today to do so until we can meet again. While this isn’t an ideal situation, we all want to be in, the reality is it couldn’t have come at a better time in history for us to connect remotely with one another!
Annie Armstrong Easter Offering
Taken each spring, the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering funds the Southern Baptist Mission efforts right here in North America. Monies collected go directly to missionaries serving here in the U.S. and neighboring countries as they advance the Gospel here at home. This year our goal is $500.00, collected through Easter Sunday on April 12.