March 18, 2020
Dear Church Family,
I wanted to address a couple of questions that have been asked of me recently with the ever increasing Covid-19 concerns. Damascus Baptist Church has cancelled Wednesday night events for the next two weeks and will evaluate over Spring break how to proceed. Currently, we are still holding services Sunday morning. However, there are some modifications: no handshakes, no hugging, try to maintain proper distances, no passing the offering plate, and no communion for the immediate future. That being said, if you are sick or someone in your household is sick please stay at home. Also, some are questioning if they should attend? The answer is, if you have any doubt about attending church over health concerns at this time please stay at home. Another member asked how will I tithe if I am not at church?
Here are two quick answers. Currently, all sermons are available at our Website: dbcappling.org. Therefore, even if at home you can listen to the weekly sermons or even go back and pick up ones you may have missed. Also, every bank in the area that I know of has Bill Pay as an option. In fact, Elaine & I use the option. You simply set up the amount and how often you wish to give your tithe and the bank will write the check and mail it to the church.
I want to thank people for those concerns. The last thing we want is someone feeling they have to come to church when they should stay at home. Sermons from your church are available at dbcappling.org. Giving can be set up electronically from your bank utilizing Bill Pay. These are different times and going forward we may have to utilize even more digital methods to enhance church. Please pray for a healing in our nation. Please remember that God is in control. Unfortunately, so many do not believe that fact; therefore, I believe God is using the coronavirus to get our attention. 2 Chronicles 7:14, If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Please keep safe. Limit your contact with others, especially if you have health concerns. Please call, text, or e-mail me with questions and concerns. Remember that in James 4:13-15 it speaks of life as being a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Rather then trusting in the things of this world we must place our trust in God. v. 15 says, If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that. This is a time when we can see clearly that the world doesn’t have the answers, only God gives us hope. Again, please continue to pray for a healing in the land.
In His Service,
David D. Stockton, D. Min.