Dear Church Family,

It looks as though we will not be able to have church for a while in light of the new restrictions on public meetings.

We will be attempting to use Zoom for both Sunday school and church services. If you do not yet have a Zoom account you will need to sign up. It is free. You will be receiving invitations via email for each meeting that will include a link to join the meeting. To request an invitation please contact us at bethanybaptistdm@gmail.com.

It may take some time for you to get familiar with how it works. For Sunday school we want to encourage interaction. We will try to have all participants except myself muted unless you have something you want to comment on, then you will have to unmute yourself before you speak.

For the morning service, of course there will be no singing. There will be no interaction, we will keep you all muted, and it is probably best if you all click the “stop video” on the lower task bar so that your pictures are not a distraction to everyone else. Please bear with me as it will be another new experience.

We are limited to 40-minute per meeting, so Sunday school will begin at 9:30 and end at 10:10. The morning service will begin at 10:30 and end at about 11:10. The Sunday evening service will begin at 6:00. If this all goes on for an extended period of time, we may look at moving disciple-making to Sunday evening and have everyone involved in the Sunday school class.

While this is certainly less than ideal, let’s purpose to make the best of it and be alert to what God may want to do with it all. For those of us who know the Lord and are trusting Him, things are not falling apart, rather, things are falling into place.

Please keep in mind that while we are not having church as usual, the needs of the church continue. As good stewards, please keep track of your normal giving and purpose to give your tithes and offerings eventually — whenever opportunity presents itself again.

Certainly be In prayer for our nation. While the virus is a concern particularly for some, our response to it as a nation is perhaps the bigger concern. As God’s people, our confidence is in Him. As A. W. Tozer has said, “a fearful world needs a fearless church.” How many times has scripture admonished us, “do not fear?” Hundreds of time!

Love you all!

Pastor Doug


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