Food & Supply Collection – March 22-April 3, 2020

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EBC will be collecting food and supplies to help local food pantries from March 22-April 2, 2020. Items needed include:

– Non-perishable food items

– Toiletries

– Paper products

– Bottled water

– Cleaning supplies

– Pet food

Drop your donations off between 8am-8pm in the church foyer. If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Howard.

 


Food & Supply Collection: March 22nd – April 3rd, 2020

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We will be holding a Food & Supply Collection to help local food pantries and help centers in our area from Sunday, March 22nd – Friday, April 3rd, 2020. We are looking for the following items:

– Non-perishable food items (i.e. canned goods, bottled water, etc.)

– Toiletries (soap, shampoo, tooth brushes/paste, toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)

– Cleaning supplies (Clorox wipes, bleach, etc.)

– Pet food

You can drop those items off in the foyer of the church building at the following times:

Saturday-Sunday, 11am-8pm

Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm

 

 


UPDATE: March 20th, 2020

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Dear Church Family,

The Elders have made the official decision to pause public services for the foreseeable future. We are doing so for the health and safety of our congregation, as well as to follow the Lord’s mandate in Romans 13 to respect and obey the governing authorities that the Lord has placed over us. President Trump recently announced the following:

“We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it. Therefore, my administration is recommending that all Americans, including the young and healthy, avoid gathering in groups of more than 10 people, avoid discretionary travel and avoid eating and drinking at bars, restaurants and public food courts.”

Also, after speaking with Eastford Selectman, Jackie Dubois, as well as Deb Richards, Eastford Emergency Protection leader, who have strongly urged the same, we thus decided to make this decision. They have also both expressed their great appreciate for our cooperation and help as a church throughout this entire crisis, both with complying with the prohibitions, as well as for the toilet paper and soap drive that we held. It was a great help to community, and a great witness to the love of Jesus Christ.

Thus, because it was such a great blessing, we will be hosting another drive to help the Town of Eastford this week. This time, along with toilet paper and soap, we are asking for cleaning supplies, such as bleach, Clorox wipes, toilet bowl cleaner, etc. The town is also asking for donations of dog food as this has been in short supply as well. You can drop these items off in the foyer of the church Sunday-Friday, March 22nd-27th. Sunday, from 11-8pm, Mon-Thursday, 8am-8pm, and Friday, 8am-11am.

As we did last Sunday, we will be holding an online service through Facebook Live. If you do not have Facebook, the recording will be posted on the church website and Sermon Audio for you to watch at your convenience. However, I would strongly encourage you that if you have Facebook to please make every effort to join us at that time.

We will also be hosting another Online Prayer Meeting through Zoom this Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00pm. This time, we will have the option of calling into the prayer meeting through phone for those who would prefer not to use a webcam. 

It is very important that God’s people “assemble” (Hebrews 10:25), even if it is online. Satan’s greatest desire is that you would backslide spiritually, and getting out of the habit of coming together with your church family can help lead to that. So make every effort to take part in these online ministries.

Please also remember to support the church financially as the Lord leads. You can do so online at the following web address:

https://eastfordbaptist.churchcenter.com/giving

You can also mail your offering in to our physical address at:

Eastford Baptist Church

133 Union Road

Eastford, CT, 06242

The Elders and I are also very excited to begin planning what we are calling “Homecoming Sunday”. When the prohibition is lifted, and we are allowed to meet publicly again, that Sunday we plan on having a very special celebration service, filled with a great time of singing, sharing, praying, a time in the Word, in order to praise Him for what He has done through this whole Coronavirus situation. We are looking forward to reuniting with you during our “homecoming” as a church family as soon as the Lord allows it.

As I have said from the beginning, I am available for you throughout this entire situation, as are our Elders and our Deacons. If you or someone you know has any needs that the church can help with, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Above all, may we continue to trust in our great God (Proverbs 3:5) and glorify Him (1st Corinthians 10:31) throughout this whole situation.

Grace and peace,

Pastor


COVID-19 Update: March 16th, 2020

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Dear EBC Family,

Due to the continued concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are canceling all Wednesday activities this week , March 18th, 2020 (Olympians, Teen Club, Ladies Bible Study, Prayer Meeting).

I will, however, be hosting an online video prayer meeting tomorrow night at 7:00pm. I will send out more information on that later today.

Also, with much regret, we are canceling our Missions Conference that was scheduled for March 28-29th. This reminds us to take the time to pray for our missionaries overseas, many of whom are just as, if not more so, affected by this virus than we are.

We are still continuing to collect toilet paper and soap for the Eastford Food Pantry, so please be sure stop by the church and drop off your items today until 8pm, or tomorrow morning between 8am-11am.

Finally, please continue to uplift our church family, our state, our nation, and our entire world in your prayers, that the Lord would bring healing from this virus; that He would bring some semblance of normalcy to our lives soon; for those who are struggling due to income loss; and most importantly, that God would use this for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in order to see many come to know Him!

Practically speaking, be sure to be checking in on one another each day to see if their are any needs or ways that we can serve each other. Thank you to everyone who has been checking in on me and my family. If there are any needs that myself, the Elders or the Deacons can help with, please let us know as soon as possible.     Again, be sure to keep your eyes on your emails, social media, and the church website for updates.

Thank you all so much for your understanding, patience, and support. This is a very abnormal situation that necessitates much divine wisdom, and so, the Elders and I covet your prayers as we continue to seek God’s will day by day in making the best decisions that will honor our church family, neighbors, and ultimately our great God.

Grace and peace,

Pastor


UPDATE: 3/15/20 Services/Activities Canceled

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Dear Church Family,

As you are aware, the situation with the COVID-19, Coronavirus, is a very fluid situation, seeming to change second by second. As I said in the last update, the Elders and I have been monitoring the situation very closely in order to make the right decisions in keeping our church safe, as well as honoring our local government and loving our neighbors.

I spoke with the Eastford Emergency Service leader last night who strongly encouraged us to cancel services completely for this Sunday. Thus, while we are not obliged to cancel, or legally prohibited from gathering, in order to honor our governing authorities (Romans 13:1-7), we have decided to cancel all services and activities tomorrow, March 15th, 2020.

I will, however, be holding a Facebook Live devotional tomorrow morning at 10:30am which we would strongly encourage you to “assemble” (Hebrews 10:25) for. You will find the link for this on the EBC Facebook page. If you do not use Facebook, we will post links to the recordings after on the church website and Sermon Audio and send them through email.

In terms of what we will do for future services and events, we are simply going to take this situation one day at a time (James 4:13-15) and make decisions as the Lord leads. We understand this may be frustrating, so we would ask for your patience and understanding (Ephesians 4:2). We will post updates as quickly and frequently as we can through email, the church website and social media.

I will be available throughout the week, so please feel free to contact me. If you, or someone you know is in need of any assistance during this time, please email myself, Sarah, one of the Elders ,or one of the Deacons.

Again, please pray for physical healing for our nation, but more importantly, that God would use this situation for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Howard

“The LORD is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” – Psalm 27:1


COVID-19 Announcement

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Dear Church Family,

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Church of Philippi in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

There is currently much anxiety in our country today concerning the recent outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, or “Coronavirus”, and our church has not been exempt from this anxiety. Thus, we must, indeed, pray that the Lord would indeed “guard” our “hearts and…minds” through the glorious hope of the Gospel of Christ.

As part of seeking that “peace”, as Elders, we have been monitoring this situation closely and praying for God’s wisdom (James 1:5) in what to do in regard to how to guide our church in these matters. I have personally been in contact with local government officials, as well as Pastor Mike Moran of the Congregational Church of Eastford and other area pastors, seeking their wisdom (Proverbs 11:14)  in order to determine the best course of action for our church.

The Elders met this morning to discuss these matters and, after much prayer and thought, we have determined that our church will be taking the following actions:

1.) Sunday School at 9:00am will be canceled this week (3/15/2020). 

2.) PM Worship Service at 5:30pm will be canceled this month (3/15/2020). 

3.) Men’s Breakfast at 7:00am tomorrow (3/14/2020) will be canceled for this month. 

4.) Volleyball (3/16/2020) will be canceled this week.

5.) AM Worship Service at 10:30am (3/15/2020) WILL STILL BE HELD AS USUAL, however refreshments will be limited to coffee only. 

We feel that while God’s Word is clear that we are not to live in fear, that we are also to utilize wisdom, acting in the most responsible and loving manner to our neighbors (see 2nd Tim. 1:7; Matt. 22:37-39). We are praying that the Lord would honor these decisions with love and understanding on your part as a church family, that we might together honor Christ and each other through this situation.

Thus, we want to encourage you that if you are sick, showing signs of sickness, or are prone to illness to please stay home this Sunday out of love and deference for one another, and instead plan to join us online at 10:30am on our live-steam at the following web address: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrgg7FbFbnagSLzu80Gsajg

Also, if you plan to attend the 10:30am service, I would encourage you to limit physical interactions (i.e. hand-shaking, hugging, etc.). I know this is difficult, as we are a very loving and affectionate church, but, again, we must be prudent at this time.

Also, for more information on the virus, I would recommend the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). You can find them at the following  link: https://www.cdc.gov. The CDC is a great place to find valuable information, which will not be influenced by the hysteria we are seeing in the media at this point.

Please also check your emails, the church website, and our social medias regularly in order to stay up to date in regard to future decisions regarding activities.

Above all, we would ask you to commit this situation to prayer, specifically in the following areas:

Pray for God’s gracious physical healing and protection for those who have been affected and are most vulnerable to this virus. 

Pray for wisdom for our federal, state, and local government officials, as they make difficult decisions. 

Pray that we, as God’s people, would see this trial as an opportunity from God for the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus, as we seek ways to bless our community and share the love of Christ. 

Thank you all for your understanding in these matters. May God’s grace abound and may Christ be glorified through us as His people!

Grace and peace,
Pastor Howard

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” – Romans 8:35-39


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