Pastor John – March 13

For the next two Sundays (March 15th and 22nd), worship services and activities at SMBC are going to be greatly curtailed. I take no pleasure in this, but we are in a battle against an unseen enemy (another unseen enemy!)—The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We have been asked to do our part in the war against this virus. We need to not give it any more bodies in which to live or to which it can spread. That means we need to not gather as a congregation.
On these next two Sundays we are asking ONLY essential worship team members to come to the church building. These would be the musicians, technicians, select first impressions members, select deacons, and those absolutely necessary to broadcast our services by Livestream for the benefit of our church family and guests. There will be NO CHILDCARE, YOUTH, OR SMALL GROUP BIBLE STUDIES on these Sundays.
I plead with you now to participate in the Bible study and worship services as best you can by watching them on Livestream. Sunday School will be broadcast at 9:45 and worship will be broadcast at 11:00. We will do everything we can to make this easily accessible on the SMBC website: There will also be a link there for our members to give their tithes and offerings on-line. If you are not a part of the SMBC family, we do not ask you to give financially toward our ministries. Just let us minister to you and your family.
I know there are many of us who are not technologically adept. Some of you have a hard time turning on your computer. There are people in the church who are ready and willing to come to your home and help you get your computer ready to join the livestream. Just email me ( or call your deacon and we will get you the help you need.
All other church programs and events (Sportsman Banquet, CC, BSF, AWANA, Student Ministries, American Heritage Girls, Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, etc.) have either been canceled or postponed until Sunday, March 29th. At that time, we will re-evaluate the COVID-19 situation.
See you all on Livestream. I’ll miss you terribly until we can all be together again.
Heavenly Father, please speed that day and the end of this virus. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Pastor John

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