Sunday, July 25, marked the retirement of our long-time and much-loved Pastor, Glen Foster. After serving our church and our community for two-and-a-half decades, he conducted his final service as Pastor, preached his last sermon, and was celebrated in any ways during and after the service with a farewell luncheon that included more gifts and accolades than could be counted. Of course, his wife, Debbie, received her share as well, since she has worked side by side with Glen to help serve the needs of the church and its members. They will both be greatly missed.
Glen's retirement means that changes are coming, whether we like it or not. Many people do not like change... it is uncomfortable, uncertain, and unclear. But, change can be positive as well. Glen and Debbie have left our church well-prepared to face the future. Two new Deacons have been added, a search committee has been elected to find our next Pastor, the church is technologically up to date, the church office is competently staffed, and our members are dedicated as we move forward.
Of course, there are bound to be some glitches as well, but they will be mere bumps in the road to the future, and we ask for a little extra patience during this transition. Of course, many of Glen's sermons have been preserved on the SERMONS page of this website as well as on You Tube, so you will never be far away from his presence.
If you are looking for a new church home, you are welcome to join us and help write the next chapter of the Pantano Baptist Church.
In-Person Sunday School Bible Study Returning to Sundays...
Jerry's Bible Study, which has been happening via ZOOM for these past months, will return live on Sundays, beginning on August 1, at 8:30 am in the Mayberry Classroom at the south end of the church campus. The final ZOOM Bible Study will be held on Thursday, July 29 at 6:30 PM.
At Sunday's session, there will be a discussion about the future of Bible study at Pantano Baptist Church, including how many different classes we will need going forward, and various other details. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of Bible studies as we move forward, so please plan to attend.
We Congratulate and Welcome Our Two Newest Deacons...
Manny and Diane, our two newest Deacons, were ordained at a recent Sunday service. Together, they have spent a total of 25 years serving our church, our community, and the Lord.
Manny came to our church about 15 years ago. His parents started a Spanish-speaking church at our church in which Manny was active. He heard we were needing a person to run audio and volunteered to help. He’s been helping ever since. He’s been married to Liza for 13 years and has two daughters, Chloe 11 and Averi 7. Since Palm Sunday…when we began meeting in person again…Manny has been running audio, video and changing the PowerPoint slides…certainly able to multi-task. Spend time with Manny and you will find him intelligent, easy to talk with, and a hard worker. He will greet you with a smile and a positive attitude. Manny loves the Lord, loves people and is faithful to the church. He is a servant who follows Jesus.
Diane began attending our church about ten years ago. She, too, has proven to have a servant’s heart. On Mondays she is in our office counting money and then depositing it in the bank. How she finds time to do this we’re not sure because much of her time is spent helping people or animals - Transporting folks to doctor appointments, visiting hospitals, ministering to friends in crisis…and foster parenting new-born shelter kittens. Spend time with Diane and you will appreciate her quick wit and wonderful, sometimes wicked sense of humor. She makes us laugh and smile. We are uplifted by her encouragement and presence. Diane loves the Lord, loves people and follows Jesus. She was selected by you to be a deacon but initially did not accept. A few Sundays ago, following worship she walked up to David and said she would serve as a deacon. Other than the Holy Spirit she has no explanation…but there is no better explanation than to be led by the Holy Spirit.
Join Us for Glen's Den... Minus the "Glen"... Thursdays at 9:00 am.
Even though Pastor Glen Foster is now retired, Glen's Den... to be continued as "The Den", will continue to happen every Thursday at 9:00 am... You are invited to participate in this popular and lively group discussion about any question or topic (except politics).
If you have attended Glen's Den before, you know the routine and you know how interesting and informative it can be... if you are new to The Den, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. More information can be found by clicking on ACTIVITIES at the top of this page, then clicking on THE DEN. You can get even more information by just showing up at 9:00 am in the classroom building at the south end of the church campus. Everyone is welcome, no reservations required!
Updated Guidance for In-Person Sunday Worship, Bible Studies, and The Den...
Masks are not required at this point, but they are strongly recommended - even for those who are fully vaccinated. If you have completed your vaccinations less than two weeks ago, or if you have any cold or fever symptoms, or if you have come in contact with someone who has Covid, please do not risk spreading this virus to others by attending church services, Bible studies, or The Den. Also, please do not come into the church office if you fall into any of the categories above.
Instead please choose one of the safer alternatives. You can join us via ZOOM, using a computer, smartphone, or telephone for Sunday services. You can also join us on YouTube, as our services are live-streamed. If you can't attend one of our live worship service alternatives, sermons are also posted on the SERMONS page of this website, where they can be seen on-demand.
We recognize that the Delta variant of the Covid is very aggressive and is now the biggest threat. Recent data indicates that Civid vaccinations provide a great deal of production; however, that protection is not 100%, so please be careful and be considerate of everyone.
Now that there is a rising trend in Covid infections again, we will continue to monitor the situation. If and when the mask policy changes, it will be posted here.
Meanwhile, if you are looking for a new church to call home, please feel free to attend a Sunday Worship service and give us a try! More information is available elsewhere on our website. Or, feel free to call the church office… we would love to hear from you!
Note: Sunday worship services are held in the church sanctuary, but also available on ZOOM and live-streamed on YouTube. Call the church office for details..