2nd Letter from Senior Pastor regarding COVID-19 Cancellations

Dear Church family,
  This is Pastor Adam. I hopefully have my email set up so that I will be able to communicate with you every day during this virus crisis. I know there is a lot of confusion and even uncertainty going on in our world. These are unprecedented times we are living in these days. But as we look at the life and times of those who lived in Biblical times, and even 100 years ago, they are not that uncommon. In fact, they are mild. We have lived in such prosperity for so long, those younger among us do not know what real hardship is all about. 
        As we wander into this pandemic, we must be alert, aware and careful about how we handle this event. As the Bride of Christ, our allegiance is to Him and that must not change. We must walk by faith and not by sight. We must trust Jesus, believe Jesus’ words, and point to Jesus.  God is not honored when we fear man more than Him. There will always be a temptation to follow the flesh and its innate fears and give into them.  The world is cursed with a virus much worse than the one we are currently dealing with now. It’s called the sin virus and we have been dealing with that one since Adam and Eve introduced us to it.
          Most everyone you listen to that are not walking intimately with Christ, will be following those  fleshly fears . What you hear from a person of faith, will and should be different than just what you hear from the frantic world.(I wish we had a solidly Christian news outlet on TV).  Now I am not saying some of those fears don’t need to be addressed or just ignored. I am just saying we must have a view of them from a Biblical perspective.
    With that in mind, let us remember 2 Cor. 10:5, “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.” Let us then strive to make every thought we have come from faith, because it is faith that pleases God. Let each of us be a source of assurance and hope to a hopeless world living in fear. We have an unprecedented opportunity to share the love of Jesus to a lost and dying world. We are all terminal and if this virus doesn’t take us out something else will. But the question we must answer, is “are we all ready for eternity?” God is not going to waste this virus. I believe that He is using it and we must be obedient to His call to us to love people and share the good news with them.
    With all that said, we have decided as a staff and consensus of deacons to heed some of the warnings of the governor, the CDC, and the president have given. This is a real struggle for us, because we love being together on Sunday mornings together. But we don’t want to be part of the problem if the virus starts to spread around the lake and make those who are most vulnerable ill in any way. So out of love for others, we have decided to not meet together for the next two Sundays, at least. We will make a decision by April 1st concerning the near future. We know this is going to pass and we will get through it together, we just don’t know when.
     But in the meantime, we will still have a worship service online via Facebook live.  We will start streaming every service on Sundays at 10am. You just have to log on to our facebook page. If you are not following us as a church yet, just type our church name into the search and our page will come up. Click on it and it should bring up our live service and you will be able to watch it as it happens from the sanctuary. Myself, Josiah and Clenel and maybe Tom, will be participating. Even though the sanctuary will be empty, we will still treat it like a regular service. If you don’t have facebook, then you can type in the address here  https://www.facebook.com/lakegastonbaptist       and it should still bring you to it.
     All church activities will be canceled until further notice. However, the church office will still be open and our staff will still be here as we always are and available. If you need me for anything, please don’t hesitate to call. We are here for you. I will try to email you now, each day with some encouraging verses as well as updates. 
     We are aware of needs in our community for food, especially for school children and are in the process of trying to address them as fast as we can. Halifax county is delivering a meal to students via the school bus, but we are trying to assess if that is adequate enough. If it is not, we are going to try and help supplement some of that as best we can to at least Rolling Hills residence. 
      Most importantly, please continue to pray for our world, nation, state and community. Many people are now without jobs and don’t know if they are going to get paid in the near future. Pray also for our church and all the churches in our land who will be affected by this physically, spiritually and financially. If you feel like you can, you can still mail your tithe to the church. Josiah or myself will also be updating you on possible ministry opportunities to anyone who may be willing and able to help with our Littleton outreach to the children and families.  We have already had several requests for help. 
    I close with this verse, Psalm 91:4-6, ” He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and a buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.”
    God is with us! He will take care of us. I love each of you and am so thankful for all of you! Don’t be afraid! These are days the Lord is preparing for all of us and we don’t walk alone. Even though we cannot be together, I hope you will pick up the phone and call one another( like old times) 🙂 Don’t take one day for granted and love each other. Lord willing, talk to you tomorrow!
But God,
Pastor Adam