BEREAN BAPTIST CHURCH –We are Live on Facebook Berean Baptist Church at 11 am
Pastor Mark Rockwood
|“Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.”|
1 Timothy 2:1-2
Greetings dear friends,
It’s been a little while since the last newsletter; actually, it was in September when the last one went out. So, we figured that it’s time to get another one out to make sure everyone is “in the know!” Well, as much as possible, for it’s difficult to really know what’s going on these days. But one thing we do know, God is still in control and we can rest in Him!
As you know, the Governor has implemented some new restrictions and mandates concerning the Corona Virus which has impacted all of us. We are limited to 50 people once again upstairs in the sanctuary, and 50 people downstairs in Fellowship Hall; and we need to use separate entrances for each space. The mandate that most people have a difficult time with is wearing a mask while in public regardless of social distancing.
I know that this is not where we wanted to be at this time but let’s look at the positive, we can worship together in person! We have the capability and space to simulcast so more people can come and worship together at the same time! And we are still live streaming reaching more people than ever with the Good News of Jesus Christ! Yes, I know that masks can be uncomfortable and inconvenient, but it puts some people more at ease; our goal has always been to “esteem others better than ourselves” – Philippians 2:3
AWANA is going well, and we have 12 teens that are coming out to Trek just about every week. The Trek teens are also in the process of painting their area with fun, vibrant colors; making the space their own, where they will want to invite their friends! Thanksgiving plans are well on the way, and like we thought, we will be doing “to-go” meals, and baskets for families of four or more who can cook at home. We are asking people to just call to make a reservation/place an order by Wednesday, November 18th so that we can have enough food prepared. If you would like a meal or know of anyone that would be blessed by this, please give us a call!
Another exciting bit of news, on Sunday, November 29th we will be having a baptism. Right now, we have one young man following the Lord through the waters of baptism. If you have accepted Christ as Savior, and have never done this, please reach out to me to see if the time is right for you to do this also. We may not be able to do everything we use to, but we are still being salt & light in a dark world; keep the faith!
“Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” – Romans 15:33
Grace & Peace,
Shut ins and those who haven’t returned to in person services
In light of the Governor’s latest mandates we are back to restricting seating to 50 on each level. We are also still checking temperatures upon entry, and masks must always now be worn while in the building, regardless of social distancing. Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in these matters.
Our Annual Meeting is scheduled to be held on Sunday, December 6, 2020. The meeting will take place immediately following the morning service (once Pastor has had a chance to greet those not staying for the meeting and for the counters to finish counting). We are requesting that all members who plan to attend the meeting please call the office by Thursday, December 3rd to register. If you do plan to attend, please plan to sit in the lower level for that morning’s service and keep your same seat for the meeting. Annual reports will be available for members only next Sunday. They can be found on the information tables on both levels. Please take only one copy per family. If you plan to take a report to mail to an out of town member, please let the office know so that duplicates are not sent out. Thank you.
Due to the restrictions in place due to the pandemic, we will not be passing out Christmas cards for the congregation this year, place plan accordingly.
We will be having a baptism on November 29, 2020. If you are a believer who has never gone through the waters of baptism and feel the Lord would have you do it at this time. Please call the office to set up a time to meet with Pastor Mark.
In lieu of our Secret Sister program, Women’s Ministry is encouraging the body, here, to reach out to one another, with cards, and phone calls to encourage and support one another as we seek to be supporting one another during these difficult days.
Operation Christmas Child Shoe boxes need to be into us no later then November 15th.
Tithing: you can still tithe through on- line giving (go to the “Give” page or download the”GivePlus” app), Mail your Check (PO Box 641, Brunswick, ME 04011) or call for more information. We, as a church, still have a budget to meet.