From the Pastor's Desk
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
Greetings in the name of Jesus! I am writing to inform you that all meetings, events and activities including worship at Bakerstown United Methodist Church have been postponed until further notice. We are doing this in accordance with the actions taken by our governmental authorities in response to the Covid-19 virus.
These are challenging times for all of us. While we cannot function as we normally do, there are a few things we can do. First, Pastor Luke and I will be developing a weekly bible study for our congregation to use in their homes as a way of worshiping corporately. We would encourage you to use these with your household. If you live alone, you may want to call a fellow church friend and utilize these guides. These will be posted on our website and Facebook page. We will also be mailing them to those who do not use e-mail or the internet.
Second, in lieu of regular office hours, someone will be in the church daily for the purpose of getting the mail, voice messages and checking on the building. If you leave a voice message for our office administrator or one of the pastors, it will be answered in a timely fashion. We will also be using e-mail as a regular means of communicating. Your pastors are available for prayer and conversation. Please feel free to contact one of us.
Third, we will be doing all that we can to be fiscally responsible during this season. However, we still depend on your financial support. We hope that you will prayerfully consider continuing to give to our church through online methods or through the mail.
Fourth, we need to be caring for one another in the best way possible. In this period of social distancing, please reach out to one another and especially the elderly by phone or e-mail when possible. There will be additional opportunities for outreach and mission as we move forward. We will communicate those to you as we get clarity on those.
Most importantly, we need to continue to be in an attitude of prayer. We believe that God is greater than any challenge we may face including Covid-19. Let us pray for God to guide our leaders in both our government and our denomination as they provide direction. Pray also for the leadership of the Bakerstown United Methodist Church that we would be faithful to Christ in serving both our church and our community. Please know that you are in our prayers.
In closing, I want to echo the last words of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, who said, “The best of all, God is with us!” God is faithful and continues to make his presence known. Join us in looking for God at work even now!