Pastor Mike's "OUT OF MY MIND"

Barbara Heckman on May 1, 2020

OUT OF MY MIND
 
In response to Governor Northam’s restrictions to combat the Pandemic here
in Virginia, the Deacons have decided that we will continue to worship online through, at least, the month of May.
Honestly, this isn’t the 2020 any of us had in mind. Figuring out how to be the church during a pandemic has been a challenge, but we put our hope in following our faithful God and knowing that nothing can cancel the Church. We’ll just continue to worship differently from where we are until we can be back together again. And we will be back together again!
I know you’re facing disappointment, grief, and other difficulties in these days, but we’re all in this together and we’re here for you!
 
Here’s how:
If you have financial, physical, or other needs right now, please let us know.
We will do our best to assist you. And please let us know about any prayer requests you may have. We will also keep updating the church website (www.manlybaptist.com), Facebook and Instagram with the latest news about how our church is “meeting” and serving during this time.
 
What we won’t do:
Meet in-person. All of our in-person events, groups, and other gatherings are on pause as we practice loving our neighbor through staying at home as much as possible.
Panic. God is still on the throne and in control. As hard as it may be to sit still right now, we can choose be still and know that he is God.
Waste this time. All of us have a huge opportunity to connect with people online, care for friends, family and neighbors, and serve our community right now. Let’s do this well.
What we will do:
Stay connected. Isolation isn’t good for anyone and we’re making sure that having to be physically distanced doesn’t mean we’re completely disconnected. Calls are being made, notes are being sent, articles are being shared, Zoom gatherings are taking place, and messages are being posted. Check out our online service information. If you wonder how someone is doing, ask them!
Love our neighbors. There are needs inside and outside of our church that we can work together to help meet. Even if you’re not in a position to donate financially, a kind word through the phone, volunteering in local relief efforts, or spreading a hope-filled message on social media can really help.
Remember our Hope. Our shared faith in Jesus Christ is what brought us together and will help us stick together. We should lean on and remind each other of God’s promises when we’re feeling weary.
Our church leadership is praying for you and trusting God to lead us in these challenging days. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
Your Pastor,
Mike