To help keep everyone safe, the Sunday Worship Service is being conducted on-line (starting at 10:00 am) every Sunday through May 3. Since the Pastor will be conducting the Service from his home, it will be less formal than usual.
All are welcome to participate; however, because of the particular videoconferencing software being used, you must have an invitation with a meeting code number in order to be connected. All church members and friends should have already received an email invitation. We welcome everyone to participate. To request an invitation, email the Pastor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The service will begin promptly at 10:00 am. To connect to the Sunday service, just click on the link immediately below the JOIN ZOOM MEETING title.
An Important Message From Pastor Glen Foster...
Three weeks away is Maundy Thursday. Jesus gathered his disciples one last time in the upper room of Jerusalem, washed feet, ate bread, drank wine, then spoke instructions: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Nothing is more basic or comprehensive to the life of a Jesus follower than these words, “Love one another.” Everyone will know that we are his disciples by our love. Not by how often we gather on Sundays. Not by how many songs we sing. Not by how many sermons we preach. Not by our worship. People will know we are his disciples by our love.
The current COVID-19 pandemic does not present a time to fear. It does present a time to love. To demonstrate our love, all activities including Sunday Bible study and worship are being canceled through March 29. We will then reevaluate.
Love sets a good example for others. Love requires looking out for the interest of others. We will demonstrate our love by not gathering in a large group and by physical distancing. I use the term “physical distancing” rather than “social distancing.” We can remain social through phone calls and emails. We can meet needs by buying groceries or picking up medicine or providing transportation. Without physically touching, we can show our love by staying in touch.
I’m currently exploring options for live streaming, whether by us or other churches. I will also be emailing each week a sermon manuscript that hopefully will provide seeds of thought. It is vitally important that we continue to give our tithes and offerings. You may bring your monetary gift to the church office during the week or mail it. There may also be the possibility of online contributions.
This morning at 7am, a stranger standing at a bus stop called requesting prayer. She shared her story and I prayed. Listening, spending time and meeting needs. May everyone know we are disciples of Jesus by our love.
The month of March is another active and exciting month at Pantano Baptist Church, with some brand-new things happening.