Weekend – Constant
By Phillip Hamm
If you’ve ever run out of gas you know how embarrassing it feels. Our car has a gas gauge. We know what the ‘E’ means on the right side of that gauge. There are about 168,000 gas stations nationwide. And unless we were in middle of the desert, we really have no excuse for running out of gas. Yet, here we are, stranded on the side of the road with an empty tank feeling pretty dumb.
I think the Christian life is fairly similar. When we place our faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit of God takes up residence in our life. We now have access to the most unbelievable source of strength in the universe. Instead of living under the power His Presence offers, we settle for running on the fumes of last week’s sermon or worship songs. We find ourselves crippled with the memory of sins committed a lifetime ago. We sometimes even lack the confidence in our own salvation. Basically, we find ourselves stranded on the side of the road with our tank empty.
God wants more for our life. He wants us living with a full tank with all the power He offers. In preparation for Sunday’s worship, read Romans 8.
1) Online Services Begin Sunday, July 19
The positive tests for COVID-19 are escalating in our area. In light of this, your pastors have spent a considerable amount of time determining what criteria to use to consider suspending worship services again. They decided on two criteria that would lead to that decision ─ if a staff member tested positive and/or if a volunteer tested positive.
Recently, multiple staff members and volunteers have been exposed. While staff tests were all negative, two of our volunteer’s test results were positive. Considering these circumstances, we have concluded it is in the best interest of our church family and the community to once again move Sunday services online and temporarily suspend all on-site studies.
We believe this decision, although difficult, is the wisest course of action. We will evaluate reopening the church as positive cases and hospitalization numbers begin to decline.
Please continue to pray for one another, call one another, and reach out to those who are specifically struggling. Connect with each other through our zoom classes, online prayer meetings, social media and corporate worship services. We know there is no replacement for being together, but these options can help you feel connected.
2) Quarterly Business Report
Copies of the FBC quarterly report will be available to members in the Welcome Center beginning Monday, July 27. For more information, contact the church office at 941-722-7795.
If you feel called to take the next step in faith, you may be ready for baptism. Baptism is a public declaration that you are a new creation through your faith in Jesus Christ. For more information, call the church office (941-722-7795) and ask to speak to a pastor about your baptism.
Remember your neighbors, continue to share Jesus and help them wherever possible. If their needs exceed your ability to assist, give the church office a call and we will do our best to help you help them.
- Invite your friends and neighbors to watch live services on Sunday at 9:15 or 10:45 am. We recommend staying consistent with our state officials’ guidelines of limiting the number who gather at one time.
- Have Bible studies in your home utilizing resources from RightNowMedia
- Reach out by phone to another church member or visitor to ask how they are doing.
Please continue to financially support your church and local charities as they experience an increase in requests for assistance from members and the local community.
You can give by using online giving, through the FBCP App, or mailing a check to: First Baptist Church 1020 4th St. W. Palmetto, FL 34221
You can communicate with us at 941-722-7795 or e-mail through the church website: www.fbcpalmetto.com.