Our Response to the Coronavirus Threat

Cashie Baptist Church COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

For Returning to Church

07/26/20

  • If you are not comfortable coming in-person and following these guidelines please stay home and watch the service on-line.  The service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org.
  • If you feel sick or have a fever please do not attend.
  • We will use only 3 doors to enter and exit:  1. By the big steps in the back  2. The door under the breezeway in the back.  3. The door by the handicap ramp will also be open.
  • There will be no Sunday School, no nursery, no children’s church, no choir and no congregational singing.  The praise team will still provide worship music from a safe distance.
  • There will be no greeting time during the service.
  • Please, no handshakes, hugs, kisses, etc.  Smile & wave.
  • We encourage everyone over 2 years old to wear a face mask.  Bring your own if you have one or we will provide one for you.  Hand sanitizer will also be available.
  • Please don’t congregate around entrances and exits.  Please maintain social distancing as you visit outside.
  • Every other pew will be closed.  Families, please sit together and remain 6 feet from other families and individuals.  Please fill the pews from the middle so others won’t have to step by you in the pew.
  • We will continue to use our offering buckets instead of passing the offering plates.
  • At the end of the service please exit starting with the last pew.  Wait for the pew behind you to clear before following.

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Covid-19 Letter to Church #37

October 17, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

This Sunday October 18, we are having a drive-in worship service in the Powell & Stokes parking lot.  Our interim pastor, Royce Williams, will be preaching.  If you get out of your car please follow social distancing and masking guidelines.  Worship will start at 10:45 am.  The weather is looking great.

 

Please help spread the word that we will be at Powell & Stokes this Sunday

 

Blount Knowles is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week (on-line only). The lesson is from chapter 37 in the Book of Isaiah and is entitled “God Listens”.  God answered Hezekiah’s prayer to protect Jerusalem because of Hezekiah’s repentance, God’s plan’s for the future, Sennacherib’s arrogance and God’s concern for own reputation among the nations.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

There are still a few boxes of individual offering envelopes that need to be picked up.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

     The deacon nomination and vote process will begin Sunday, October 25.  As members of Cashie Baptist Church, it is your privilege and responsibility to be engaged in the process.  No one’s opinion, no convention’s stance and no church’s constitution, policies or procedures will ever supersede what the Holy Word of God lays out for the qualifications for the office of deacon.  Study, pray and vote!

 

     Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money, holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons. Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything. Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently. For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:8-13 HCSB

 

See you (OUTSIDE) Sunday!

Pastor Royce

 

Boyd Copeland, Billy Griffin, and Blount Knowles are rotating out of office after serving as deacons for 3 years.  Those presently serving are: Jonathon Huddleston, Ron Miller, Jimmy Smithwick, Ed Thompson, Jack Williford and Ted Winslow. If you can’t attend church next Sunday, you can stop by the church office to get a nominating form.

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #36

 

October 9, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

This Sunday October 11, we are having a drive-in worship service in the Powell & Stokes parking lot.  Our interim pastor, Royce Williams, will be preaching.  If you get out of your car please follow social distancing and masking guidelines.

 

During the month of October we will be alternating between in-church worship services and drive-in worship services.  Here is the remaining schedule:

Oct 11 (this Sunday) and 25th, services will be drive-in worship at Powell & Stokes.

Oct 18 service will be in the sanctuary.

 

Worship will start at the same time at both places – 10:45 am

On Sundays that we are in the sanctuary we will have in-person corporate Sunday School starting at 10:00 am.  On the Sundays that we have drive-in worship, the Sunday School lesson will be on-line only.

 

We will remind you each week through this newsletter where the service will be.   Please help spread the word about this new schedule to people you know who may not receive our email or check facebook.

 

Rev. Tarkington is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week (on-line only). The lesson is from chapter 31 in the Book of Isaiah and is entitled “God Protects”.  Isaiah continues to prophesy that God is in control and He will protect his people.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

There are still a few boxes of individual offering envelopes that need to be picked up.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

Tis the season for voting...in more ways than one!  The deacon nomination and election process is upon us, and believe it or not, that election is just as it important, or more-so, than the presidential election.  Christian men among us should be praying and seeking Gods face as to whether or not you will allow your name to be nominated.  All of the membership should be praying as to whom they will nominate on Sunday, October 25.  Gods business is serious business...pray!

 

Its not about a mans reputation, but character.  Its not about a mans ability, as much as it is about his availability.  Are you available to be used by God at Cashie Baptist Church?  Read 1 Timothy 3:8-13 and pray, and vote.

 

See you outside on Sunday!

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #35

 

October 3, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

For Sunday October 4, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship service in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am and the worship service will follow at about 10:45.  Our interim pastor, Royce Williams, will be preaching.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will still be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the and the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

The deacons have been concerned about the number of people who don’t feel safe worshipping inside the sanctuary.  Because of our desire to enable as many as possible to be able to enjoy attending a worship service in person we have decided to try something different during the month of October.  We plan to have a mixture of worshipping in the sanctuary and worshipping at a drive-in service.  Here is the schedule:

Oct 4 and 18 services will be in the sanctuary

Oct 11 and 25 services will be drive-in worship at Powell & Stokes.

 

Worship will start at the same time at both places – 10:45 am

On Sundays that we are in the sanctuary we will have in-person corporate Sunday School starting at 10:00 am.

On the Sundays that we have drive-in worship the Sunday School lesson will be on-line only.

 

We will remind you each week through this newsletter where the service will be.   Please help spread the word about this new schedule to people you know who may not receive our email or check facebook.

 

Please note that the deacon nomination process will be coming up soon.  On October 25 members will nominate 6 people as candidates to be a deacon.   On November 1 & 8 the top 6 nominees will be listed in the bulletin.  On November 15 we will vote to select the 3 deacons who will serve for 3 years.  If you are not able to attend some of the services during this time you may see Lois at the church office to get a nomination form and ballot.

 

Janie Torrey is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week. The lesson is from chapter 25 in the Book of Isaiah and is entitled “God Saves”.  Speaking through Isaiah, God promised destruction for all of the rebellious nations.  In these verses God promises hope and salvation for the remnant of people who will turn to Him.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

The Word of God makes it clear, not only does it matter “what“ we do, but also “why” we do what we do. The truth of this statement begs several questions concerning our motives:  Am I more concerned with what God thinks about my life than with what others think?  Would I pray, read my Bible, give, and serve as much if nobody but God ever noticed?  Am I more concerned about pleasing God than I am about being accepted and appreciated by others?  

Jesus had a word to say on the subject: “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”  Matt.10:28. And Luke records a word on the matter as well in Acts 5:29, “But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”  And then the apostle Paul reminds us, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.”  I Corinthians 4:5.

Be reminded that we will observe the Lord l’s Supper together this Sunday morning. If you’re not able to be with us in person, you are encouraged to have the elements prepared so you can join us, virtually, in observing this ordinance of the church.

God bless!

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #34

 

September 26, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

For Sunday September 26, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship service in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am and the worship service will follow at about 10:45.  Our interim pastor, Royce Williams, will be preaching.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will still be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the and the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Neenie is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week. The lesson is from chapter 23 in the Book of Isaiah and is entitled “God Reigns”.  Speaking through Isaiah, God demonstrated that he was in control of all nations.  We can take comfort that God is still the ruler of the universe and is still in control of all nations.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

Someone has said that worry is the respectable sin…as if, everyone worries, so it must be the right thing to do.  Worried about COVID 19, worried about the election, worried about the riots, worried about the economy, worried about Russian interference, etcetera, etcetera.  I mean, there is so much evil…shouldn’t we worry?  Isn’t it the proper response? No, not for the child of God.   We have a more effective weapon against ALL evil…prayer.

Hear this message from God on the subject:  Philippians 4:4-7 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Pray about it and leave it in the hands of God.

 

See you Sunday!

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #33

 

September 19, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

For Sunday September 20, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship service in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am and the worship service will follow at about 10:45.  Our interim pastor, Royce Williams, will be back in the pulpit for us.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will still be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the and the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.  A member has express concern over the number of people that are removing their mask during the service and is considering staying home.

 

Ed Thompson is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week. The lesson is from chapter 7 in the Book of Isaiah and is entitled “God Promises”.  Isaiah told King Ahaz that the Lord would send him a sign that the Lord would protect Judah.  The sign was that a son would be born.  Was this sign the son of Isaiah or the Messiah, Jesus Christ, or both?

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

The Apostle Paul admonishes us to be filled with the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:18, “be filled with the Spirit,” literally “be, you, being filled.”  If we are constantly being filled, then the fruit of the Spirit will shine through us like a candle in the dark.  Our life will be characterized by “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control,” Gal.5:22-23.

Consider this:  Am I allowing Jesus to be Lord of every area of my life?  Am I allowing the Holy Spirit to fill (control) my life each day?  Is there consistent evidence of the fruit of the Spirit being produced in my life?

See you Sunday,

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #32

 

September 12, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

For Sunday September 13, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship service in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am and the worship service will follow at about 10:45.  Dennis Conner will be back in the pulpit for us.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will still be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the and the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Dr. Tarkington is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week. The lesson is from chapter 6 in the Book of Isaiah.  After God purified Isaiah, God asked the question “Who shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  Isaiah’s response should be an inspiration and a great example to all of us who claim our salvation through God’s grace and our faith in Jesus:  “Here I am.  Send me!”  I hope everyone is planning to read the whole Book of Isaiah during our study this quarter.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

When James comes to the final of these seven commands to the church in chapter 4, he comes full circle.  Having begun with the command to Submit yourselves to God, now he concludes by admonishing believers to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord. 

 

And of course, you’ll never submit yourselves to God unless you are willing to humble yourself.  And, for certain, no one will humble themselves before their peers who are not willing to humble themselves before their Creator. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

Have a great Lords Day!

Brother Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #31

September 4, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

Yea!   It’s September!  Most of the 90 degree days should be gone for the year.   For Sunday September 6, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship service  in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am and the worship service will follow at about 10:45.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will still be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the and the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Blount Knowles is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  We will be  starting a study in the Book of Isaiah.  Our study in Romans taught us just about everything we needed to know about the gospel story.  Proverbs encouraged   us to seek God’s wisdom by seeking a closer relationship with Him. 

Isaiah is probably one of the best books of the bible to help us know and understand what God is like.  This study can help us achieve a closer relationship with God.  So, I encourage you to either come in person to the Sunday School lesson, or watch on-line.  But even more importantly, plan on reading the entire Book of Isaiah over the course of our study.  You can use the “Bible Reading Plan” in your personal study guide to help you do this in an organized way.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.


Please note this message from Ellen Taylor and the WMU:

The Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina need our help.  It is time for their fall FOOD Roundup.

Because of Covid, the spring roundup was cancelled, so the need is great.  Instead of collecting actual food items,

our WMU group is giving a gift card.  We are asking for your help with gift cards for purchases that they need.

The stores that they can use are Walmart, Sams Club, Food Lion, Lowes, Ingles and Piggly Wiggly.  Your card

donation can be dropped in the offering buckets at church, the church office or I can pick it up from you.

Please call me at 252-209-4506, if you would like a gift card picked up from your house.  Your donation is

greatly appreciated.  The children need our help.

 

Thank you.

Ellen Taylor


 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

      As James nears the end of his discourse on repentance at the church at Jerusalem, his message takes an unexpected turn.  It is certainly an unwelcomed tone in most churches today, and flies in the face of many contemporary worship styles. If one follows the commands previously preached, “Submit yourself to God, resist the devil, draw near to God, cleanse your hands, purify your hearts”…then one, by necessity, must enter into a state of genuine repentance. 

     The inward turmoil caused by seeing ourselves as God sees us should bring us to a proper response.    “Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep.”  Literally,  be miserable over your sin-sick state, mourn over it, see yourself as you really are.  Not unlike Paul, who cried out in Rom 7:24, “O wretched man that I am!  Who will deliver me from this body of death?”  Mourning (that is, repenting) and weeping are both the proper response to impending danger and distress, and also the proper response to one’s fear of God’s judgment.  The message is clear…judgment IS coming… mourn now so you do not mourn then.

See you Sunday!

Bro. Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #30

 August 29, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

For Sunday August 29, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am and the worship service will follow at about 10:45.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will still be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the and the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Neenie Whitehead is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  We will be in chapter 5 in the Book of Song of Songs.   The title is “Relational Investment”.    These verses continue to describe the love, passion and devotion that are necessary for a wonderful and successful marriage between a man and a woman.

 

Please remember to stop by the church office to pick up your Sunday School book for the next quarter.  We will be studying the Book of Isaiah.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Please note that our tithes and offerings fell off pretty drastically in the month of July.  The pandemic has forced all of us out of our normal way of doing things.  If our personal income has not been drastically affected by the pandemic we all need to remember to be faithful in our steward ship to the church.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

As James writes to his congregation in Jerusalem, his letter reveals that it hadn’t taken the church very long to fall into a desperate need of revival.  In just 25-30 Years, the church had a deep-seeded heart problem, so he writes “Purify your hearts, you double-minded!” 

 

The concept of purification (purify your hearts) has reference to Old Testament rituals, whereby the priest would consecrate himself for service and worship.  The times of worship in Jerusalem had become a mere routine, dependent upon their own skills and abilities, rather than being sanctioned and empowered by the Holy Spirit.  It’s a clear warning to the Lord’s church in 2020.  See you Sunday, prayed up and prepared for worship!

 

Bro. Royce

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #29

 

August 22, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

For Sunday August 23, we will continue to have corporate Sunday School and our worship in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will start at 10:00 am.  Please note:  we have moved the starting time of the worship service to 10:45 to be a little more efficient with our time.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the same as for the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Ed Thompson is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  We will be in chapters 2 & 3 in the Book of Song of Songs.   The title is “Relational Foundations”.    The author of our lesson states that Song of Songs can make you blush but it provides rich insights into God’s wisdom regarding relationships, love, romance and marriage.

 

Billy Griffin has announced that that our Sunday School literature for next quarter is available in the Sunday School office.  The books are sorted and labeled by class.  Please stop by the office and pick up your copy so you will be able to study the lessons each week.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

     As James addressed the church in Jerusalem concerning their need of a revived, personal walk with Jesus, he was quite pointed and clear. Submit Yourselves to God; Resist the devil; Draw near to God; and, fourthly, “Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”  Clean up the visible acts of your hands, and also the invisible attitudes of your heart.  

     Job 17:9 says, “he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.”  If that be true (and it is), then it stands to reason, also, that he who has guilty hands will grow weaker and weaker, spiritually speaking.  So, how is it with your hands and heart?  Okay then, purify your hearts.

God Bless, 

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #28

 

August 14, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

Please note there is a time change again this week.  We will have a corporate Sunday School lesson starting at 10:00 in the sanctuary.  The Sunday School lesson will last 30-40 minutes.  We will then re-group for our regular worship service at 11:00.  We will continue to record and post the Sunday School lesson on-line so you can continue to view it that way if you prefer.

 

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in effect for the Sunday School lesson the same as for the worship service.   The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Rev. Tarkington is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  We will be in chapter 31 in the Book of Proverbs and this will be our last lesson in Proverbs.  The title is “Finding Honor” and it uses the example of a godly wife as someone who demonstrates His wisdom in their lives.  Who could be better to teach on pursing wisdom and finding honor than Dr. Tark?

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

The pastor of the Church at Jerusalem, James (the half brother of Jesus), gave a third command to the church in James 4:8.  Unlike the second command (resist the devil and he will flee from you), this one is a positive command with a blessed promise attached to it.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.   It is the blessing of His manifest presence.

     Notice it is we who are to take the initiative.  Draw near to God in prayer, in meditation, in worship and in praise...and He will draw near to you.  Draw near to God in obedience and in service, and He will draw near to you!  As King David said in Psalm 73:28, “...it is good for me to draw near to God!”  Good for David, and good for us, too!

     Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #27

 

August 7, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

We will continue meeting in our sanctuary this Sunday August 9. Please note:  the time has changed again.  For those who voted for their preference, the times were evenly distributed between 9:30, 10:00 and 10:30.  So, we decided to set the time at 10:00.  So, 10:00 this Sunday.

 

Our interim pastor, Royce Williams will be back in the pulpit.

 

We will continue to follow our safety guidelines to help protect us from the COVID-19 virus.  Please give feedback to your deacons to help us provide the best possible worship experience while keeping us as safe as possible.  The main features of the guidelines are wearing a mask and maintaining at least 6’ distance between families.  Please move into and out of the church quickly and do most of your visiting outside of the church. To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Blount Knowles is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  We will be in chapter 29 in the Book of Proverbs.  The title is “Accepting Discipline” and it is about how God uses discipline from society, family and others to shape His people.  These lessons in Proverbs help us know how to please God.  When we please God lots of good things happen!

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Encouraging words from Pastor Royce:

The second command James recorded in James 4:7-10 is resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  What about that?...  A command with a corresponding promise! Literally, put up an active resistance to the devil, and he will leave you alone...at least for a little while!  You’ll find the supreme example of that in Luke 4:1-13.  Jesus had been tempted by the devil in the wilderness on three separate occasions.  Jesus resisted the devil and corrected his theology by quoting each time from the book of Deuteronomy.  When the 40 days of temptation were ended, verse 13 says, He (the devil) departed from Him (Jesus) for a season.  So, resist the devil...and take a rest.

 

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #26

 

August 1, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

Tomorrow, August 1 at 10:30 am we will again be in our sanctuary for our worship service.  There will be a special recognition service for a couple of our dearly loved members.

 

We will still be observing our safety guidelines to help protect us from the COVID-19 virus.  Please give feedback to your deacons to help us provide the best possible worship experience while keeping us as safe as possible.  Last week everyone did a good job of wearing masks and keeping at least 6 feet between families.  To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Neenie Whitehead is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  We will be in chapter 23 in the Book of Proverbs.  The title is “Staying Sober” and it is about avoiding the abuse of alcohol and drugs. 

 

The Sunday School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Here are some wise words from Pastor Royce:

James, the half-brother of Jesus, gave a synopsis of maintaining a fresh walk with God in his letter to the Jerusalem church in James 4:7-10.  He gives a series of seven imperative verbs (commands).  “Submit yourselves, therefore, to God“ is first on the list.  It literally means to “stop resisting God” in any and every area of your life.  Well, then, to know God’s Word on any given subject and conducting ourselves otherwise is resisting God.  James said (under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit), stop it!

Pastor Royce

 

Blessings to All,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #25

 

July 25, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

Tomorrow, July 26 at 9:30 am we will returning to our sanctuary for our worship service  Royce Williams, our interim pastor,  will bring the message.

 

Even though we will be back in the church building, the service will still be far from normal.  The threat from the COVID-19 is probably greater now than it was weeks ago.  The deacons have put together a set of guidelines to keep us as safe as possible.  We strongly encourage everyone to wear masks and maintain at least 6 feet between families.  To see a complete list of the guidelines click here or refer to Church letter #24.

 

Ed Thompson is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week.  The title of the lesson is “Pleasing God”.  The many one sentence truth sayings and observations in this section of Proverbs help teach us how to please God.  Can you even imagine the blessings and benefits that can come from pleasing the creator and ruler of the universe?

 

The Sunday  School lesson and the worship service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

 

 

 

Blessings to All,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #24

 

July 22, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

We are returning to church for worship!  This coming Sunday, July 26 we will be back in the sanctuary for our worship service.  Royce Williams, our interim pastor will bring the message.  The service will start at 9:30 am.

 

Even though we will be worshipping in the sanctuary the service will be much different than our normal service.  The deacons have put together some guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  These guidelines may be aggravating, inconvenient and uncomfortable.  But we feel these guidelines are necessary to help us be as safe as possible.

 

If you feel these guidelines hinder your ability to worship, then consider not attending and worship by watching the recorded video on our facebook page or cashiebaptist.org/listen.  Also, if you are in a high risk category due to age or other health concerns you should consider not attending.

 

However you worship, please don’t let these unusual circumstances take away your joy in worshiping our awesome God.

 

Blessings to All,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #23

 

July 18, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

Tomorrow, July 19, we will again be meeting at Powell & Stokes at 9:30 am for our Drive-In worship service.  Royce Williams will be back to bring the message.

 

This will be our last drive-in service.  On July 26 we will once again worship in our sanctuary.  For the foreseeable future our service will not be back to our normal way of doing things.  Next week we will send out the guidelines that we will follow to help keep us as safe as possible.  The service will start at 9:30 like our drive-in service.  As we go forward we hope to add a group Sunday School lesson in the sanctuary.

 

Dr. Carroll Tarkington is our Sunday School teacher this week.  He is teaching from chapter 14 in the Book of Proverbs – “Living Wisely”.  Verse 11 pretty well sums up why we should strive to live wisely: “The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish.”  I take that to mean that the upright will flourish even during a global pandemic.

 

The Sunday  School lesson and the Drive-In service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Our nominating committee was approved by the church last Sunday.  Be sure to return your church servant questionnaire to let the committee know how you wish to serve during the next year.

 

Blessings to All,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #22

 

July 11 , 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

Tomorrow, July 12, we will again be meeting at Powell & Stokes at 9:30 am for our Drive-In worship service.  Our own Ed Thompson will be bringing the message.

 

The congregation will be asked to vote on two items at this service:

  • Whether to move back into our sanctuary for worship starting on July 26 or to continue doing our Drive-In Service.
  •  Approval of our new nomination committee.

 

A church servant questionnaire will be included in the bulletins for the next two Sundays.

 

Blount Knowles is our Sunday School teacher this week.  He is teaching from chapter 8 in the Book of Proverbs.  The main theme of these verses is that God’s wisdom is more valuable than anything on earth and we should pursue it with great and sustained effort.

 

The Sunday  School lesson and the Drive-In service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org/listen.

 

Here’s a teaser for the Sunday School lesson:  “For wisdom is better than jewels, and nothing desirable can equal it.” Proverbs 8:11

 

Pray for wisdom for your voting tomorrow.  Pray for wisdom as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 threat.

 

Blessings to All,

Ron 

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Covid-19 Letter to Church #21

 

July 4, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

I hope everyone has had great 4th of July Celebration.  We will meeting at Powell & Stokes again tomorrow morning (Sunday 07/05) at 9:30 for our drive-in worship service.  Our old friend Royce Williams will be bringing the message.

 

Neenie is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week from Proverbs Chapter 5.  Solomon is teaching his sons about God’s design for sex to only be between a man and woman married to each other.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the drive-in service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org.

 

Blessings to all.

 

Ron

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Covid-19 Letter to Church #20

 

June 27, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

The majority of those in attendance at last Sunday’s drive-in service voted to continue worshiping this way.  So, we will continue doing the drive-in service until further notice.

 

Tomorrow morning (Sunday 06/28/20) at 9:30 am we will again gather at Powell & Stokes.  Dr. Carroll Tarkington will bring the message.  In our Sunday School lessons we’ve been studying the pursuit of wisdom in the Book of Proverbs.  A great way to continue our pursuit of wisdom will be to come and hear what Dr. Tark has to say.

 

Our recorded Sunday School lesson this week is taught by Ed Thompson.  In Proverbs chapter 4 Solomon emphasizes the benefits of choosing the path of wisdom and righteousness over the path of foolishness and destruction.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the drive-in service will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org.

 

Because of the crazy times we are living in I can’t resist reminding us of verses 5 & 6 in Proverbs chapter 3: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”

 

Blessing to all,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to the Church #19

June 20, 2020

 

Hello Cashie Members and Friends,

 

We are having our drive-in worship service again tomorrow (Sunday 06/21/20) at Powell & Stokes at 9:30 am.  Our friend Chad Hoosier will be bringing the message.

 

The deacons have met to discuss when to move our worship service back into the sanctuary.  We want to do what is best for the spiritual and physical health for the most people.  As we have talked to members we have had different preferences expressed.  So, we plan to let you vote at the worship service tomorrow morning.  Everyone in attendance 16 years and older will be given a ballot that will look like this:

 

Favor moving back into the sanctuary on June 28 with social distancing?                              Yes                         No

 

We will make plans for the Sunday June 28 service according to the majority vote.

 

Things still won’t be back to normal when we move back into the sanctuary.  The new rules will look something like this:

  • Skip every other pew and families will sit together spaced 6’ apart from other families.
  • Wearing face masks will be strongly recommended
  • No choir or congregational singing, just the praise team
  • No Sunday School or nursery
  • Collection points for offering instead of passing the plates
  • Meeting & greeting should only be done outside where it is easier to observe social distancing
  • Older members and those with vulnerable health conditions may consider not attending
  • We will continue to record the services for viewing on facebook or our website
  • Don’t attend if you have a fever or feel sick

 

We will finalize the plans and let you know before we move back in.  Please pray for wisdom that what we do will honor God and serve the spiritual needs of our congregation in the best possible way.

                                                                                

Blount Knowles is teaching our Sunday School lesson this week from Proverbs Chapter 3.  These verses tell us that pursuing wisdom gives us peace and helps us treat our neighbors with kindness.

 

Both the worship service and Sunday School lesson will be posted on our facebook page and cashiebaptist.org.

 

Blessings to all,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to the Church #18

Hello Cashie Baptist Church Members and Friends,

 

We have again recorded our on-line Sunday School lesson.  This week Dr. Tarkington is teaching from the 3rd chapter of Proverbs.  You don’t want to miss what he has to say about verse 5: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  You will be blessed.

 

Tomorrow, Sunday 6/14 at 9:30 am we will again have our drive-in worship service in the Powell & Stokes parking lot.  Our West Chowan Director of Missions, Terry Stockman, will bring the message.

 

Both the Sunday school lesson and the worship service will be on cashiebaptist.org and our facebook page.

 

We will continue our drive-in service on Sunday 06/21 at 9:30 am.  We are looking forward to seeing our friend, Chad Hoosier, who will bring the message.

 

Thank you to those of you who have been praying for our pastor search process.  The candidate that I asked you to pray about for  the last 2 weeks did not work out.  The search committee was disappointed but we are still working hard to find the pastor who will be the perfect fit for our church.  Please continue to pray for the committee as we seek God’s wisdom and will.

 

Blessings to all,

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #16

May 23, 2020

Hello Cashie church members and friends,

 

We will continue having our drive-in church service at Powell & Stokes tomorrow morning May 24 at 10:30.  Our former pastor Dennis Conner will again be bringing us a message.

 

We have recorded another Sunday School lesson from the great Book of Romans.  Blount Knowles is teaching again.  Paul tells the Roman Christians that they should not look down on fellow Christians who they might consider to be weaker.  We should not be a stumbling block to our fellow Christians and we should not judge each other.  Some day we will all stand before God and be accountable for our own actions.

 

The Sunday School lesson and the recorded worship service will be posted on  cashiebaptistchurch.org/listen and on our facebook page.

 

The deacons have met to discuss how we will continue to do our church services in light of the on-going COVID-19 threat.  The decision was made to continue having our drive-in services for the next 3 Sundays.  At the end of that time we will meet again to decide whether we feel that we can once again worship safely in our sanctuary.  When we do get back inside the building the services will probably look and feel differently from what we are used too.  We will still need to maintain social distancing and may not be able to sing.

 

Please note that on the next Sunday after tomorrow (05/31) our drive-in service will start at 9:30 am instead of10:30 in order to beat the heat.

 

Blessings to all,

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #15

May 16, 2020

Hello Members and friends of Cashie Baptist Church,

 

This week we don’t have words of encouragement from Todd but I want to remind you of a few items.

 

We are continuing our on-line Sunday School class.  This week Blount Knowles leads our study in chapter 13 of the Book of Romans.  The video will be on our church website and on our facebook page.

 

Also we are continuing our drive-in church service on May 17 in the parking lot of Powell & Stokes.  This service will start at 10:30 am.  Our former pastor, Dennis Conner, will be leading our service.  Dennis will continue to lead our services for the next two Sundays after tomorrow.  The video will be posted on our website and facebook page.

 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.(Romans 12:12)

 

Ron

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #14

May 02, 2020

Dear Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

        We have Session 10 from our Sunday School Quarterly online at CashieBaptist.org and on Facebook. Ed Thompson will teach from Romans chapter 11 this week and next week he will teach from chapter 12. This is a great session looking at chapter 11 in greater detail after last week’s broader overview of chapters 9,10 and 11 by Dr. Tarkington as we have been studying God’s dealing with Israel. Plan to watch this and keep up with your study in the book of Romans.

          By way of reminder:

Cashie Baptist Church

Drive-In Church

Sunday, May 3rd

10:30 a.m.

Meeting at

Powell & Stokes

Home of the World-Famous Bertie County Peanuts

         

          Some instructions for you to be aware of as we are attempting to comply with the Governors Guidelines and some commonsense safety guidelines.

1- Please note the unique start time 10:30 am. Plan to arrive early to help get everyone into place so we can start promptly at 10:30 am.

2- Please be aware that we will advise everyone to not leave their vehicles during our time together. That means plan to use the restroom before arriving for Worship. However, if the need arises you can use the restrooms inside the office building, we do want to minimize this if possible.

3- Please be careful to clear Hwy 13 completely and quickly, to not cause a backup on the road. Follow the vested “Ushers / Marshallers” instructions to expedite parking.

3- Feel free to open your windows of your vehicle but do your very best to remain in your vehicle for the duration of the service. If you have younger children we will have some crayons and a coloring page, if you think they need more to be occupied bring whatever you deem appropriate.

4- Be aware that our “Usher / Marshallers” will be wearing safety vests, protective masks and gloves. They will come to your vehicle with the Church Bulletins and Music and Message inserts. If at anytime you need any assistance flash your lights or tap your horn to get their attention so they may help you.

5-  The service is designed to have worshipful music, corporate prayer, collection of tithe’s and offerings and a devotional message (shorter than a typical sermon). If all flows smoothly and we start at 10:30, we plan to be finished no later than 11:10 a.m.

6- As you leave the service our “Usher / Marshallers” will be next the parking lot exits to receive your tithe’s and offering.

7- Please let your family, friends and neighbors know about the opportunity to worship God in this unique way.

          Any questions or insights you may think we have not considered please call me directly

at 972-948-9692 or email me cienski@sbcglobal.net.

          So very eager to see each and everyone of you Sunday, I have missed you dearly.

 

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Cashie Baptist Church Drive-In Service This Sunday

April 28, 2020

Dear Saints of the Living God,

Cashie Baptist Church

Drive-In Church

Sunday, May 3rd

10:30 a.m.

Meeting at

Powell & Stokes

Home of the World-Famous Bertie County Peanuts

         

          Your Deacon’s have met and are boldly stepping out in faith to trust the Lord and are calling His people to join for a drive-in worship service together during this time of Corona virus. As you can see from the details above, we will be meeting at Powell & Stokes which will have an excellent arrangement for parking and a covered platform for the Worship Leaders and Pastor. Special thanks for the Powell family making this venue available for worship.

          Some instructions for you to be aware of as we are attempting to comply with the Governors Guidelines and some commonsense safety guidelines.

1- Please note the unique start time 10:30 am. Plan to arrive early to help get everyone into place so we can start promptly at 10:30 am.

2- Please be aware that we will advise everyone to not leave their vehicles during our time together. That means plan to use the restroom before arriving for Worship. However, if the need arises you can use the restrooms inside the office building, we do want to minimize this if possible.

3- Please be careful to clear Hwy 13 completely and quickly, to not cause a backup on the road. Follow the vested “Ushers / Marshallers” instructions to expedite parking.

3- Feel free to open your windows of your vehicle but do your very best to remain in your vehicle for the duration of the service.

4- Be aware that our “Usher / Marshallers” will be wearing safety vests, protective masks and gloves. They will come to your vehicle with the Church Bulletins and Music and Message inserts. If at anytime you need any assistance flash your lights or tap your horn to get their attention so they may help you.

5-  The service is designed to have worshipful music, corporate prayer, collection of tithe’s and offerings and a devotional message (shorter than a typical sermon). If all flows smoothly and we start at 10:30, we plan to be finished no later than 11:10 a.m.

6- As you leave the service our “Usher / Marshallers” will be next to the parking lot exits to receive your tithe’s and offering.

7- Please let your family, friends and neighbors know about the opportunity to worship God in this unique way.

          Any questions or insights you may think we have not considered please call me directly

at 972-948-9692 or email me cienski@sbcglobal.net.

          So very eager to see each and everyone of you Sunday, I have missed you dearly.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #11

April 26, 2020

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

                     We have the sermon message available online, Acts 29 The Kingdom Now. If you haven’t heard the  message, please check it out on the church website or Facebook. We tried to put in a video format. We will continue the Sunday School lesson for this week, Session 9 in Romans. Dr. Carroll Tarkington will teach this lesson on the question of God’s dealing with Israel. A special thanks and appreciation for Dr. Tarkington’s teaching on this topic.

          Continue to pray for our national and state leaders as they are looking for ways for us to get back to work and to our routines, especially church. Once we get specific instructions, your Deacons will formulate a plan to get back together for corporate worship. Continue to pray for wisdom for all our leaders involved.

          A special note of sadness. Gina White’s father in South Carolina passed away. Please remember Gina and Bill in this time of loss. In our conversation, she said her dad was a believer in Christ. Also, Lois Rascoe passed away this week. Please remember her daughters Carla and Emily in their time of loss. Our Cashie Baptist women will provide food for the family as they have a time together after the graveside service on Monday. Thank you ladies for your ministry to them on our behalf.

           As always, let’s continue to look out and care for one another. By way of reminder, if God is laying someone on your heart to call, please give them a call and tell them you were thinking about them and even pray with them. Let me remind you to be faithful stewards of your finances and continue to honor the Lord with your wealth. Lois is available in the office to receive your tithe’s and offerings. Let me commend you for your faithfulness to Christ thus far, you have honored Him greatly.

          I miss you and look forward to our time to once again worship our awesome God together.   

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd


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COVID-19 Letter to Church #10

April 18, 2020

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

                     We have the fourth and final of our Easter Sermon Series available online, Eight Days That Changed the World: The Kingdom of King Jesus the Messiah. If you haven’t heard the  message, please check it out on the church website or Facebook. We tried to put in a video format. We hope it will hold you interest and challenge you as we look at the most amazing event in world history. Also, we will continue the Sunday School lesson for this week, Session 8 in Romans. Dr. Carroll Tarkington will teach this lesson and the next, we are all looking forward to those lessons, it also is in a video format.

          The national and state leaders are looking for ways for us to get back to work and to our routines, especially church. Once we get specific instructions, your Deacons will formulate a plan to get back together for corporate worship. Continue to pray for wisdom for all our leaders involved.

          Let’s continue to look out and care for one another. By way of reminder, if God is laying someone on your heart to call, please give them a call and tell them you were thinking about them and even pray with them. Let me remind you to be faithful stewards of your finances and continue to honor the Lord with your wealth. Lois is available in the office to receive your tithe’s and offerings. Let me commend you for your faithfulness to Christ thus far, you have honored Him greatly.

          I miss you and look forward to our time to once again worship our awesome God together.   

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #9

April 15, 2020

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

URGENT CALL TO PRAYER

          The next couple of weeks will be critical in the nation’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The concern for those responsible to calling parts of our society back to work is risking the danger of another spike in Covid-19 hospitalizations and potential deaths. Your Deacon’s struggled with a similar decision about the drive-in service for Easter Sunday. They felt the full burden and responsibility for such a decision and risk of potentially exposing you the virus. They chose to be safe especially in light of the age of our congregation. Now our President Trump, Governor Roy Cooper and other state governors and elected leaders have to make the tough decisions. Our knowledge of the virus has improved, the self-isolation has prevented our hospitals from being overrun and we are seeing great promise with a wider range of medications, treatments and proper medical equipment are in place to help our health care workers. We have, by the grace of God, bought time to adequately play catchup to combat this virus. But how long do we remain in an isolation mode? Its been said the cure may be worse than the disease, the downturn in the economy can cause greater loss of life with increased suicides, drug and alcohol abuse, child abuse and other societal problems one might not have considered.

          The Urgent Call to Prayer is for members of Cashie Baptist Church to take time each day, either individually or as a family, to pray for our leaders, President Trump, Governor Cooper, and the other state governors to have God’s wisdom to know when and what segments of our society can get back to work, can regularly meet and can get back to worshiping together.

          Would you each commit to pray with one another at 7:00 pm tonight, and every night hereafter for our leaders. There is great spiritual warfare going on. These leaders are attacked for whatever actions they choose. Pray for wisdom, courage, discernment and clear thinking in leading the American people, the people of North Carolina and the people of Windsor. The Covid-19 virus does not distinguish between Republican or Democrat and neither does God. Let’s pray that God would be glorified in this and draw many people to Himself.  

          I miss you and look forward to our time to once again worship our awesome God together.   

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd


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COVID-19 Letter to Church #8

April 11, 2020

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

          He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed! Such is the way the early church would greet one another with this great proclamation of our Christian faith. How I long to be with each of you in person and greet each other this way. We are all praying for a safe conclusion to our self-isolation and that soon we will be able to worship together in person.

          We have the third of our Easter Sermon Series available online, Eight Days That Changed the World: The Proof and Power of the Resurrection of King Jesus the Messiah. If you haven’t heard the  message, please check it out on the church website.  It will also be posted on our facebook page at 11:00 on Sunday morning.  We tried to put in a video format. We hope it will hold you interest and challenge you as we look at this most amazing event in world history. We did not do a Sunday School lesson this week but encourage you to look at the lesson on the resurrection on your own. Next week we will continue the Sunday School lesson in Romans. Dr. Carroll Tarkington will teach the next two lessons, we are all looking forward to those lessons.

          Let’s continue to look out and care for one another. If God is laying someone on your heart to call, by gosh, give them a call and tell them you were thinking about them and even pray with them. Let me remind you to be faithful stewards of your finances and continue to honor the Lord with your wealth. Lois is available in the office to receive your tithe’s and offerings. Let me commend you for your faithfulness to Christ thus far, you have honored Him greatly.

          I miss you and look forward to our time to once again worship our awesome God together.   

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

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COVID-1 Letter to Church #7

April 4, 2020

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

          I’m sorry we are a bit late getting this update to you, but our Deacons have met recently to discuss the future services at Cashie Baptist. After a time of prayer and discussion in weighing the pros and cons of the possibility of meeting for a drive-in church service for Easter Sunday service, the Deacons think it best that we do not put our membership at risk of possible Covid-19 exposure.  Several churches in the area have reached a similar conclusion. The most compelling fact is the virus is projected to be increasing in the number of cases and our area is still considered at risk. In the interest of health safety, we will continue abiding by the recommendations of health professionals to limit our potential exposure to the virus. We will provide Sermons and Sunday School lessons on-line and looking at newer technology to stream video content as well.

          We have the second of our Easter Sermon Series available online, Eight Days That Changed the World: The Presentation and Sacrifice of King Jesus the Messiah. If you haven’t heard the  message, please check it out on the church website. Also, Session 6 from the Sunday School Quarterly in our study of the book of Romans is also available for your spiritual growth. Special thanks to Ron Miller and Neenie Whitehead for teaching this online class. The week after Easter Sunday we will continue in our study of Romans. Dr. Carroll Tarkington will teach the next two lessons and we are recruiting other teachers to follow suite. In this online format you will experience different teaching styles and methods. If you are a teacher perhaps you will learn new ways to communicate God’s Word more effectively.   

          The one thing I have learned from our time apart is it has caused us to appreciate what we don’t have. In my conversations with many of you, the common refrain is: “I have really missed being at church with everyone” or “I really miss our choir practice and worship time together.” Those are great sentiments that express the health of our body life at Cashie Baptist.

          Continue to pray for all the issues relate to this pandemic. Pray God will cause a genuine revival in our nation, state and community. Pray God will draw us closer to Himself in this adversity. Also, please remember to pray for our friend Danny Perry as he continues to recover in the hospital and for Jill, Justin, Brandon, Carson [Brandon’s fiancé] and Barbara and Milton Tadlock. Mark  Tadlock is making progress in his rehab, thank the Lord for that and pray for continued progress. Remember Debbie Ellis, Delores Dunlow, Red Dickens, Cody Cobb and the others on our church prayer list for medical, spiritual and other needs they may have. Pray for those looking at loosing their jobs that God would provide for their needs. Pray that our students not loose ground academically in this time away from classes. Pray for our Deacons and our Pastor Search Committee.

          Let’s continue to look out and care for one another. If God is laying someone on your heart to call, please give them a call and tell them you were thinking about them and even pray with them. Let me remind you to be faithful stewards of your finances and continue to honor the Lord with your wealth. Lois is available in the office to receive your tithe’s and offerings. Let me commend you for your faithfulness to Christ thus far, you have honored Him greatly.

          I miss you and look forward to our time to once again worship our awesome God together.   

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

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COVID-19 Letter to Church #6

April 1, 2020

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

          I hope that you were able to listen to the first of our Easter Sermon Series, Eight Days That Changed the World: The Person and Work of King Jesus the Messiah. If you haven’t heard the  message, please check it out on the church website. Also, Session 5 from the Sunday School Quarterly in our study of the book of Romans is also available for your spiritual growth.


          I’ve linked a great message from Pastor Tony Evans entitled “Divine Disruption”. • Divine Disruption • March 22 (Sermon Only, Tony Evans)  This should help us get a handle on what God is doing in our midst with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important for us to recognize this event is God’s great mercy to us. It is not so much a punishment as a great warning for the world to avoid the ultimate judgment for those separated from Him by their sin. We throw the term “saved” around often. “Saved” means to be spared from the judgment and punishment to come. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” God is using this virus to cause millions of people to contemplate their own mortality and their destiny when they die. Ecclesiastes 3:11 tells us “He has also set eternity in their heart…” Augustine, an early church leader wrote: “Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in Thee.”  People know deep in their heart that God is at work in the world doing something with this pandemic. Recently 44% of the people responded to a poll citing just that sentiment. I would venture to say more would respond similarly but to do so would commit them to do something about it. People are looking for real answers to what is going on. As Christians, we have the answer to their deepest needs and fears: The Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps this video will equip you to answer from a biblical perspective.  If this is an encouragement to you, tell others what you think and encourage others to take a look at this. As you share with Christians and non-Christians, as Ambassadors of Hope in this uncertain time, remember Peter’s advice to us in 1 Peter 3:15: “ But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”

 

          Our friends, family, neighbors and co-workers are hurting and uncertain. Let’s continue to care for each other, in our church and outside of our church, in this time. To do this however, you need to be filled and renewed each day with the Spirit of God. Continue in prayer, reading God’s Word and trust in the Him to use each of us in these challenging times.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

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COVID-19 Letter #5

To the Saints of Cashie Baptist Church,

          We have yet another Sunday apart from gathering together to worship our awesome God. I trust that being apart from one another doesn’t stop you from worshiping God this Lord’s Day. Perhaps your family might join you in a small group worship. Men, step up and lead your family in this important time of worship.

          We have placed the first of our Easter Sermon Series, Eight Days That Changed the World. This week we will be looking at The Person and Work of King Jesus the Messiah. The message is placed on the church website.

          In our Sunday School this quarter we have been studying the book of Romans. This is such a vital and important book to understand and grasp the great theological truths in this book. To keep up in this book and not loosing out in our time of isolation we have put this class on-line in the same location with the sermons. Go to the church website and look for Sunday School Romans Session 5, to pick up where we’ve left off. Ron Miller and Neenie Whitehead recorded this class session. If you attend Sunday School you will want to keep up where we left off, if you are new to Sunday School, stop by the church office to get a quarterly to keep up with this study. We are new to this, we may stumble a bit but we will improve to present you excellent Bible study each week until the social distancing is terminated.

          If this is an encouragement to you, tell one another what you think and encourage others to take advantage of this great opportunity to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

          Let’s continue to care for each other in this time. Continue in prayer and trust in the Lord in these challenging times.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

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COVID-19 Update #4

March 26, 2020

Dear Beloved in Christ,

          I trust you are still hanging in there in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic and  I hope you are drawing closer to the Lord Jesus. In this time of seclusion, it is a perfect time to get alone with God in prayer. As you are praying about everything going on, pray that God would use this to spark revival in our nation.


          The Deacon Executive Committee has met again and in consultation with the other Deacons  have determined to continue the recommended self-isolation for this Sunday and next Wednesday. So, there will be no services or activities at Cashie Baptist this Sunday March 29th and Wednesday April 1st. Again, we will update you next Thursday April 2nd and hopefully see some easing of the restrictions to our gathering.

          In the meantime, I am starting our Easter Series of messages entitled 8 Days That Changed the World starting this Sunday. Plan to make that a part of your family worship together.

          Also, this Sunday, my Sunday School teachers Neenie Whitehead and Ron Miller will team teach Session 3 from the quarterly on the Book of Romans. This is such a vital book to the understanding of our faith that we do not want you to miss out on such important teaching. Their lesson will be on the Cashie Baptist website, be prepared to be blessed of God.

          Also, please be faithful in your financial stewardship in support of God’s great work at Cashie Baptist Church. The church office is open, and Lois will receive your tithe’s and offerings.

          With all the talk about the virus and the heartache it can be discouraging. To cheer you up, especially for parents and grandparents entering the “homeschool” ranks, here’s a link to a YouTube that you can probably identify with and make you appreciative of your teachers.  Go to this link for a good laugh   https://youtu.be/gpN9CGrK6IQ

          Please check in on one another as the Deacons and I are trying to do as well. Let’s continue our genuine watch care over one another and show the love of Christ to all in this time of adversity. Below I have listed several prayer requests that have come in and if you know of any other’s I will do my best to disseminate them to all of you. Also, if you need me for anything please call me.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd

 

Prayer Requests

Neighbors and friends of Vic and Janie Torrey, Lisa Street in hospital with fever and blood clot from her recent pancreas surgery, Lisa’s mom Shirley Fowler to have cancer surgery next Friday.

Carolyn Dail requests prayer for friends in Brooklyn NY,  Marc Rentzer, married to Joan Dunstan’s daughter. His O2 levels have dropped and is hospitalized with the virus.

Todd Cienski has family members in the NY metropolitan area, please pray for their protection.

Prayer for all the families helping their children and grandchildren in their school and childcare.

Randy Walston and his police officers in the Vidant Health system for protection from the virus and maintain good order.

Pray for Cody Cobb to thrive as he is seeking health in a treatment program.

Pray for our national, state and local leaders and health care professionals to make the best decisions for all. Pray that we can resume church services soon.

Pray that God will show up big time in this crisis and many are drawn to Him and saved as a result.

Remember to pray for those on our church’s prayer list, and Pastor Search Committee and Deacons.

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24 March 2020

Dear Beloved in Christ,

          I trust you are hanging in there in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic, in full assurance that God is aware what each of us is going through. I hope you are drawing closer to the Lord Jesus as we are certain to have waves of anxiety and fear overwhelm us. Let me remind you, He’s got this, and He’s got you if you are in Him.

          Let me address one thing with you that I would ask you to wrestle with over the next couple of days. This deals with the evidential problem of evil and suffering in the world. The argument goes like this: If God is so good why does He permit sickness and suffering like Covid-19 to afflict people? Is Covid-19 God’s judgment on us to punish the world for our evil and sin? These are questions you might have, and these are questions your unsaved family members, friends and neighbors certainly have. There are several responses to this line of thinking. First and foremost, God is good all the time and all the time, God is good. His essences and attributes have not changed in all of this; however, we must acknowledge the He is God and we are not; He is sovereign and we His subjects. Because of the fall of man in sin, the creation is experiencing corruption- man gets sick, the body weakens and deteriorates, evil is enacted on others, people die. These are the effects of the fall. Much of evil and suffering has been brought on man by man. To blame God on something like Covid-19 is unfair, especially if it originated in a bio warfare lab in China as some have asserted. Could God be using it to judge the world for sin. That judgment has already occurred on Calvary’s cross. Our sin has been judged and paid for, that is a fact. More precisely asked: is God allowing this to be used for His purposes? Perhaps we are getting closer to the heart of the matter. Does God allow pain and suffering to get our attention? I think so and so does C.S.Lewis as I shared in recent sermons. God shouts to us in our pain and suffering to rouse our attention to Him. Perhaps that is what God is doing here.

     Let me encourage each of you to draw near to our loving heavenly Father. He’s got this and we can trust Him to will and to work His good purposes (Phil 2:13). The people of God must be sensitive to the leading of God in all these matters. Daniel 11:32 tells us: “the people that know their God shall be strong and do exploits.”

     I’ve enclosed a link to a good article to help you keep things in perspective. Click on this link to download the article by Dr. Robert Jeffress.  I hope this gives you some insight and answers on this matter.

     Please check in on one another as the Deacons and I are trying to do as well. Let’s continue our genuine watch care over one another and show the love of Christ to all in this time of adversity.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd


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Dear Beloved in Christ of Cashie Baptist Church,

            The Executive Committee of your Deacon Board met to discuss the implementation of the protocols to stem the spread of the Corona virus Covid-19.

            Chairman Ed Thompson, Vice Chairman Billy Griffin, Board Secretary Ron Miller and I, your Interim Pastor are saddened by the events of recent days and the call to suspend large gatherings to include church services. As of now this coming Sunday, March 22nd, all Sunday School classes, Worship service and youth activities are suspended. Our midweek Choir Practice and Bible Study and Prayer meeting on March 25th is suspended as well. We are hopeful the national situation will improve and praying to this end. Therefore, we will provide you an update on March 26th as to the resumption of activities or further suspensions of church services. There are some things we consider important for you to know:

 

1- Church is not closed, church services are suspended but YOU are the church and YOU are not closed for business!  Jesus still calls you to be salt and light and it is our prayer that our lives would be saltier and brighter for the Lord in these days of adversity.

 

2- Care for one another. Your Deacons have a membership Watch Care list divided among the Deacons to check in with our members to talk about what is going on, see if you have any needs and even to pray with you in this time. Cashie Baptist has a fantastic track record of looking in and calling one another in times of sickness and adversity, let’s continue to look out for the interests of others [Phil 2:4]. I am always available so do not hesitate to call me as the need arises.

 

3- Communicate- One of the problems with self-imposed quarantines is isolation and feeling all alone during this crisis. As we care for one another with a phone call or a visit as appropriate, we will also communicate with you via email, Facebook and other social media. If you think the church does not have your current email address please contact Ron Miller at millerre@embarqmail.com to give him your address. During this time, we are learning a lot about alternative means of communicating in this digital age so please be patient with us as we learn.

            We will attempt to communicate regularly to update and inform you as well as to encourage and challenge you in this time. I promise not to overwhelm you with the latest trivia on the internet that many of you probably are aware of already, but I will share things that are important for you spiritually, to equip you for works of service unto the Lord [Eph 4:12]. Please trust me, if I send you something, I think it is something that will help you.

 

4- Continue to be faithful to the Lord- here are some things to encourage you to be faithful to the Lord Jesus.

            Quiet Time- Have your personal, daily quiet time with Him. This consists of Bible reading and prayer. There are plenty of things we can ask God to do that only He can do, and He wants to speak to us in His Word. Pray especially for our national, state and local leaders to have the wisdom to do what is best in God’s sight for our nation. Also, pray that God would use this crisis for His ultimate glory.

            Giving- continue to be faithful in your stewardship of financial giving from the treasure God has entrusted to you. This an easy time to hoard and cling tightly to the things that were never yours in the first place, avoid that temptation. Our church still has financial obligations and commitments, as good stewards of His, we will meet those promises. Lois will be in the office each day to provide administrative continuity and will receive your offering in person or by mail.

            Worship- continue to worship our awesome God in your homes with family members, neighbors or friends. This is a great opportunity for you to grow together as a family and something you could do even when you are on vacation when this virus passes. Men take the spiritual leadership in your homes for this to occur. Emulate what we do as a church in our worship service: Prayer- Praise and Worship in song- Proclaim the Word of God by reading it aloud- Preach- explain what you just read. Delegate these to family members and enjoy this time of worship.

            Witness- this Covid-19 virus has people petrified and panicking. The uncertainty and severity of all of this is causing many for the first time to truly question what they trust in. Trust in government, retirement accounts, finances, job security and good health are all being challenged to the core. People are looking for answers, for help in these difficult days, and we as Christians have the answers: Jesus Christ. Look for opportunities to share Christ with others during this time. I will have gospel tracts in my office for you to take. I will be happy to help you share your faith with others.

 

5- Challenge- This is now the third cataclysmic event of the 21st Century. In 2001 we had the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, in 2008 we had the Financial Crisis and now in 2020 we have the Corona Virus Pandemic. God is merciful and gracious to us to warn us that He is God and we are sinful, mere mortals needing to be reconciled to a holy God. Man’s inhumanity to man knows no bounds and God will not sit by and be silent, His justice will not be stopped by His patience. At some point He will act and perhaps He will use this to get our attention. The most pitiful thing about the post 9/11 events was the churches in America preaching pablum rather than the gospel. As you remember after those terrifying attacks, people were kinder and more civil and turned to God as never before. People were reeling, rocked to their core, they needed truth and all they got were platitudes rather than a call to repentance and faith in Christ. We also had an intense desire to get back to normal. After several months, things got back to normal, but we were no better off. My challenge to each of us is not to repeat this error. Each of us should examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith [2 Cor 13:5], draw near to God [Heb11:6], and for God to find us faithful [Matt 25:21]. I, for one, do not want to go back to normal if that means complacency, indifference to the gospel and insensitivity to the Holy Spirit’s leading. I’m certain as followers of Christ you will embrace our new normal in Christ.

 

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Todd