Covid-19 Update – August

SMBC Covid-19 Update

August 6, 2020

OK. So, I said you can skim this one. I will be brief so that your skimming might catch the high points. ☺ 

Making any kind of progress toward becoming a fully functioning, healthy church body and ministry again is reason for excitement. Praise the Lord, we are making this kind of progress and we do have reason to celebrate. 

We have 80 plus children doing Vacation Bible School with us next week. Beth has utilized her God-given creativity and ingenuity to put this opportunity together. Many of our people volunteered to help her too. Lots of excited parents and children came through our drive-through VBS materials pick-up. And, almost all of them expressed tremendous gratitude to our church for not giving up on their kids and families. 

We have baptisms (3) coming up. Two will be on August 23rd during the 11:00 service. If you haven’t met Dan and Suzi Courtney, you are in for a treat. I can’t wait until you hear their testimonies!

We have another Fun in the Son Day – August 30th. This time there will be ICE CREAM! (I know it will be 9:30 and 11:00 in the morning, but what a way to start a day/week—the Word, His worship, fellowship and fun, AND ice cream!!! You know you love it.) We are going to need those tents to come back (please). Bring a chair.

We have a special evening worship service planned by the river. September 13th at 6:00 we will have a special time together at Chickahominy Haven Area #2. There will be another baptism that evening. Stephen and Gigi Cox have been with us for a while now and he is ready to take the plunge. I can’t wait until you hear his testimony too! We will actually have worship and a message that night as well. It’s going to be great. Bring a chair.

If you feel like the Lord would have you also be a part of this baptism service, call the office and set up a time to talk with me. I would be thrilled to hear from you. I have a feeling there may be someone out there who the Lord is working on regarding their baptism. 

These encouraging events/outreach opportunities are reasons to rejoice. When we add them to our online and in-person Sunday School and Worship times, our Youth Discipleship Groups, and our Prayer Meeting, we see that the Lord has accomplished much in bringing us back. 

And, He’s not done. We continue to seek Him and plead with Him for direction and protection. With all our hearts we endeavor to protect you and the ones the Lord adds to us while also providing for you the necessary elements of the spiritual life we all need. 

Keep praying and faithfully enduring.

You are all dearly loved!

Pastor John