Our Response to the Coronavirus Threat

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