Pastor Gary Rodgers
Isaiah 43:1-3 says:
1 But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3 For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
Hold on to these verses and take comfort.
Dear Church Family,
I am writing to let you know about some decisions we have made in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in our nation and in the world. I am sure you have been listening to the news and are aware how most everything is being affected.
The most difficult decision, yet possibly the easiest, is the decision to not meet at the church building for the foreseeable future. It Is difficult because we love to come together to worship our Lord together and to study His Word. The decision is easy in that we want to be faithful to God’s Word which says “Remind the people to respect the government and be law-abiding, always ready to lend a helping hand. No insults, no fights. God’s people should be big hearted and courteous.” (Titus 3:1. The Message). Our government, and our president, have asked us to meet in groups of no more than 10 people. Our groups exceed that number so no activities will take place on Sundays, Tuesday or Wednesday. Special activities (Watoto Choir and Jews For Jesus) have been cancelled.
Does this sound like we are ceasing to be First Lockhart Baptist Church? Absolutely not! The church has never been about the building, it is about the people. The New Testament churches met in homes as they did not have buildings.
In our staff meeting we talked about how we are going to experience what Christians experienced in the New Testament days. We are going to experience being the church as we do all the same things as we do in our building at 315 W. Prairie Lea Street.
We will worship on Sunday mornings from home. Bro. Randy is meeting with the Technology Committee to iron out the details to provide a time of streaming the worship service.
Bro. Randy will also be working with our Sunday School classes. Our Sunday School classes are going to play a very important part in these next few weeks. We need to make sure that every Sunday School member is contacted on a regular basis. If this goes on for eight weeks, we cannot afford for people to not experience the touch of a brother and/or sister in Christ. One thing you can do is to help identify those who do not have a computer so we can find other ways to communicate.
Bro. Justin will be ministering to the youth by working with their parents.
Our logo says “Love, Connect, Go”. We will be able to do all of these things, without gathering at the church. Your staff will be providing you with helps so you will be able to see how these purposes can be fulfilled.
Provisions will be made for you to provide your gifts online or you can mail your gift.
We will be making adjustments to the office hours and we will make those known to you. Be assured we will always be available to be contacted by phone.
There is so much more to share with you but I cannot get it into one letter. So, there will be more letters coming from your Staff, letting you know about ways we can continue being the church.
Please be attentive to the needs of our people and to senior adults in the community. This is no time for people to be bashful about receiving.
There are so many passages in God’s Word that teach us about peace and God’s presence. Passages about not living in fear. I promise that none of these decisions have been made in fear. We know that God is up to something really good!
From the front office...
As with all things right now the only constant is that God is still in control. Hold on to that thought as you try to navigate waters we are not prepared for. Your staff will be at the church (8am to 5pm) to do the best we can to communicate with the church family. However, it may seem a bit different.
Office hours during the COVID-19 pandemic will be:
9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm. This will reduce the exposure to the church staff. There will be a place for you to drop off your tithes and offerings inside the foyer. In about a week we will begin to accept credit card donations through Vanco. See the web site for the way to access our Vanco account.
Everything we are doing is to make us available to you in the best way for everyone concerned. If changes are warranted, we may make adjustments.
If you need help please call the church office. We will do whatever we can to assist you.