"To Know Jesus and To Make Him Known"
Vision Statement: Educate, equip and encourage ourselves and our families through worship and study, and engage our community through discipleship, example and Acts of Kindness, using the unique gifts bestowed on each member of our congregation by the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Hello BSLC family and friends,
How are you doing? That is not the casual American greeting. It is a real request with the desire to see how you are. We have not had any requests for help other than the normal requests for help. This means either you are doing ok or not letting us know? I called someone to meet with them and offer communion in the home and with the timing of the call, was able to pick them up where they were, take them home and give communion to them.
God is good. He always is! Please keep in mind that this doesn't mean that God makes everything work out according to our own desires. He is faithful and continues to take care of us. As I said on Sunday, my prayer is not that God is with someone. He always is there with you. My prayer is that we are reminded that God is with us and that He loves you. My prayer is that we do not put God on the side and lose our faith because we feel He doesn't love us or isn't acting how we feel He should. Pray for trust and the strengthening of our faith.
God's care and countenance: The new sound system is giving us some flexibility for this situation! Someone donated a computer to use with the sound system and that is a blessing as we are able to record services again.
Re the virus situation and social distancing: As a moratorium has been put out on groups of 10+, we will postpone in person worship until this is lifted.
*** We will be offering drive through / stop in communion.
- You can park and come in if there are only a few people.
- You can drive up, receive a blessing and the Lord’s Supper at your window.
Here are the time slots:
Sunday morning 10am-Noon
We can adjust depending on need.
*** We will potentially offer front porch communion for shut-ins. Let me know if you would like this. I will come to your front door and offer a blessing and communion.
*** We will put an abbreviated service online starting this evening. We are trying to figure this out and are looking at Facebook Live and a Youtube channel. Please find attached the bulletin and prayer list. As always, please pray for your fellow brothers and sisters and if possible reach out to them in some way (card, call, email).
*** Confirmation is going to google hangouts for class (Wed nights 7:30pm)
*** Friday morning in person bible class is canceled.
*** OGT pack: Pastor Dan and Pam will be here next Tue morning. There was a small group of volunteers helping yesterday.
Do you have access to our Facebook page?
Do you have a web camera for video conference calls?
In support of the ministry in and through BSLC, please consider online giving through our BSLC website if you are unable to stop by for communion.
Please also click this link for the instructions to give by texting. It works through Give+ Mobile app.
Some people have been giving already through online bill pay at their own bank.
IF this extends to Holy Week, we are looking at offering church in the parking lot like going to a drive in movie.
Feel free to call or email.
God bless and keep you!!!!
Jesus spent a lot of time with His disciples. He taught them, sang with them and prayed with them. He gave them the authority to forgive and retain sins. He commissioned them to enlarge the body of believers by His command to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you." He led by example showing them that Gentiles (those outside the Jewish race/religion) are allowed into the kingdom.
Our task is two-fold. Our first task is to teach our people about Jesus and how He would have us live and witness to Him. We do this through corporate worship where Jesus invites us to His Table to be fed. He feeds us and washes us clean through His sacrifice on the cross. He is the lamb that was slain. He feeds us with living water and the bread of life. He feeds us with His body and His blood poured out for the forgiveness of our sins. We are also fed by His Word. We hear the Word in worship and study the Word in our various Bible Studies.
Once fed, our second task or command is to go and feed others. We do not perform miraculous healings or cast out demons in Jesus name but we do bring the healing Word of love and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. This Word is what people crave. In our brokenness as a fallen sinful human race, we need to know that there is life on the other side. We need to know that our Father will pick us up, brush us off and give us the biggest hug ever, all because He loves us more than we can humanly understand or imagine. So we reach out to people with the hands of Jesus. We help the sick and the hungry in Jesus name. We pray. We open our hearts. We listen. Through us, God brings His reign now giving us a sampling of what God’s reign will look like when Jesus comes again. This life is not a rose garden, but in Jesus, who bears us up in His arms, we step forth each day in faith and hope. Our mission is to be Christ to those around us. Our vision is to look with the eyes of Jesus upon those who need salvation in Him.