Pleasant View Baptist Church, if you’re anything like me, you must be feeling like this is the strangest year ever. Who would have thought by this time of the year we would be apart (unable to worship in person) for 7 weeks straight? Even in wartime, this has never happened in the United States of America. We have always come together to worship. Not this year. After this year, I hope no one ever takes being able to worship corporately for granted. I hope we can soon come together and enjoy each other’s company. As soon as it is possible, the first thing I want us to do is have a BIG FESTIVE DINNER. Maybe we could call it our “HAPPY DAYS DINNER”. I know the day we can have a fellowship meal again is certainly going to be a happy day.
As strange as it has been, there are many good things we can take away from this time. An example from my own life is how my family and I have prayed together at (1900 hours) 7 o’clock every single night since this began. I hope you and your family have too. We’ve prayed for (COVID) our Community, the Officials, the Volunteers, the Infected and for everybody’s Discernment. Plus, we are reminded often of Joshua 1:9 when God told him, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”
We found ways to reach out to each other and our community which we seldom used in the past. Both Facebook Livestreaming and Zoom have proved to be valuable tools. Some of our adult classes have really enjoyed Zoom and the fact they are still able to connect. Our Livestreamed service for Easter had a total of 2,600 views. We are now beginning to see fruit from all of this as people are responding to the invitation this past Sunday, April 26th. May the Lord use us at this time to spread His Good News and the hope which can only be found in Jesus. May we use these new tools from now on to reach as many as possible. May God help us to improve on what we’ve learned and be the best stewards of what He has given us.
Yes, these are strange times. However, as long as God is with us, they are still good times. And, He is with us.
In Jesus’ care,
Pastor Jerry Jeter