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,
D. Stockton, D. Min.