Unfortunately, it’s been quite a while since I’ve been able to get back here. This isn’t so much about theology, but more about some current things with the church. As most know, the “Corona virus” or Covid-19 dominates most news today. Here in the state of Wisconsin, we’re also under an order from the Governor to cease all unnecessary travel. In addition, any gatherings in buildings must be limited to 10 or less.
Many regular church-goers will struggle with not being able to attend and I have to admit that I would much rather be in personal attendance than teaching or watching through audio or video. As I recently chatted with a member during a call to affirm their welfare, I was gently reminded that teaching through video is still ministry. While it may not be “normal” for me (and certainly outside of my comfort zone), the possibility of video reaching even more people is a remarkable probability.
I am certainly not technologically savvy, so setting up and teaching through video last Sunday was certainly a challenge! Praise the Lord, it all seemed to go rather well for the first time. The comments I received or that were relayed to me were all positive, in my opinion. There was some constructive criticism thrown in there, but that should only serve to improve the next opportunity this coming Sunday and necessary subsequent Sundays.
If you missed the video/sermon last Sunday and would like to see it again, you can find it on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/bbcneillsville.org/videos/2581376482184374/. Please watch if you get a chance and offer your own constructive criticism. Hopefully we can make it better for you.
With the current order from Governor Evers in place, which forbids unnecessary travel, my plan is to conduct the Facebook Live Sermons at 1:00 PM, Central Daylight Time (CDT) every Sunday until we can once again meet in the building. Hopefully, beginning next week, I’ll be able to do a similar Wednesday Evening Bible Study, which will be planned for 7:00 PM, CDT.
There is a considerable collection of audio recordings available, if you’re interested. I’ll need an address and I can send them by CD or by e-mail.
Just because we can’t meet at the church building as we’re used to doesn’t mean that we can’t encourage each other, study together and mutually build each other up in the Lord. Please stay in contact with me and with each other. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I can be reached by phone at 608-487-0186.
We are still the church. We know that God is in control and one day, hopefully soon, we’ll be back together, worshipping, learning, encouraging and fellowshipping together in the same building.