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4/6 The Pastor’s Pen

Good morning family.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. – 2 Peter 1:2

Our lives continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The end is not yet in sight, and no one can predict what the days and weeks ahead will bring. Yet Hebrews 13:8 remains true: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

During this crisis, I have two pastoral concerns: to feed this congregation and check on the members. Our Deacons (and Cabinet) have made calls to more than 150 members over the past two weeks. And that’s just to the members over sixty-years-old!

Our goal is to reach out to all of our SBC members in the coming weeks.

Zoom Services | Thank you for joining us for Midweek Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM. This past Wednesday, more than 35 people participated in Bible Study Fellowship. Way cool! Be marked present for this livestream time together and invite someone else to join you.

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. In a real since, “Easter” will be whatever Sunday the Lord allows us to meet together again. So, I encourage you to join us this week on one (or all) of our daily prayer calls.

  • Prayer Calls | Monday thru Friday this week, at 12:00 PM. During these calls, we will pray together, and seek God’s face during this time of fasting and consecration. These calls will be via our regular Prayer Call number.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the world economy. Our church is not exempt.

As the Lord prospers you, continue to financially support the ongoing work of ministry in and through the Second Baptist Church. You can give online at sbcwheaton.orgor by mailing your offering to the church. Likewise, you can drop off your offering throughout the week by placing it in the mail slot of the front door. Thanks in advance for your generosity!

I miss you! I am praying for you! I am grateful to be your pastor! I cannot wait for us to meet face-to-face again!

Blessings & Peace to you!

Pastor Williams

During this season, don’t just be home; be #homewithsbc! 

 

Youth Bible Trivia Challenge!

Join our Easter Trivia Challenge!!!  Youth ages 5-11 and 12-18 are invited to join our challenge. Complete the form and correctly answer the questions below for a chance to win a gift card!  We will award 1 Grand Prize and 20 participation prizes for each age group. (The first 21 people to submit the correct answers will win.)  Entires will be timestamped and checked on a first come, first served basis.

You do not have to be a member of Second Baptist Church to enter. Entires MUST be submitted through this form ONLY! Winners will be announced on our Easter Livestream Service via Facebook Live at facebook.com/sbcwheaton on April 12th at 10:15 a.m.  All entires must be submitted, by Friday, April 10th. If you have questions and for more information, please contact sbcyouthministry@sbcwheaton.org

To complete the Easter Bible Trivia Challenge, click the link for the appropriate age group:

 

Bible Trivia ages 5-11

Bible Trivia ages 12-18

Online Bible Study: Wednesdays

We are pleased to inform you that our bible study, will be ONLINE (beginning on 3/25) via ZOOM Conferencing, on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm CDT.

 

Please click links below to access the following lessons:

MISSIONS STUDY

Missions Bible Study Lesson 1

Blessed to Be a Blessing Lesson 2 (4/15)

To join the Virtual Bible Study with a computer, tablet, or smartphone; visit https://zoom.us/j/802973031. Meeting ID: 802 973 031

For those joining the Virtual Bible Study by dialing from your phone, or if you cannot download the app, or do not have a smart phone … dial the conference phone number 312 626 6799 to listen in; when prompted input the Meeting ID: 802-973-031

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Members and Friends of Second Baptist Church:

I have been closely watching the unfolding developments regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Illinois, as well as the recommendations of the Illinois and DuPage County Departments of Health.

As of now, we will have regular Sunday School and Lord’s Day worship, unless conditions worsen before then.

While we recognize that no public environment is 100% safe, we will take every precaution and safety measure possible and are diligent in our procedures with a gifted and qualified custodial staff.

So, out of an abundance of caution and courtesy, I am asking members and visitors with immune system deficiencies, or persons with flu-like (or similar) symptoms, to stay at home for your health and the health of others.

This request applies to members and visitors of any age; particularly toddlers, young children, and our senior citizens.

It’s not too early to practice good health habits like …

1. Staying home when you are sick.

2. Washing your hands frequently with warm, soapy water
for at least 20 seconds.

3. Covering your mouth with tissues whenever you sneeze,
and discarding used tissues in the trash.

4. Avoiding people who are sick and/or with respiratory
symptoms.

5. Cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

6. Drinking water frequently.

It’s also a good practice to be informed and prepared for all emergencies. Even if we are not personally affected, we can do our part to create a healthy church and community environment.

Again, we will closely monitor the situation and make updates as necessary.

I pray and believe that our God will sustain us during this time, and stand firmly on the promise of Psalm 91:10.

Please join me in praying for the best, and planning to assist our neighbors as this pandemic persists.

Pastor Kevin Williams

3/23-4/02 21-Day Corporate Fast

2020 Corporate Fast Instructions

Going New Places, Engaging New People and Making New Sacrifices

SBCWHEATON Fast 2020

All members of SBCWheaton who are spiritually willing and physically able are asked to participate in the corporate fast of 2020. We will be using this time to pray and seek God His will and guidance for our lives and for increase in our ministry, more spiritual maturity and an increase of faithful members coming to our ministry in 2020 and beyond.

Fast Overview: 

We will begin the Fast on Monday, March 23, 2020 6am
We will conclude the Fast on Sunday, April 12 ,2020 6am

This is a 21-day abbreviated Lenten fast.

Please commit yourself to give up some guilty pleasure, shopping, smoking, drinking etc…

Monday through Saturday adhere to dietary restrictions with exception of Fridays you may have fish and Sundays are free days.

  • Foods to avoid on the Fast
  • All meat and animal products including beef, lamb, pork, poultry.
  • All dairy products including milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
  •  All sweeteners including sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
  • All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
  • All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
  • All deep-fried foods including potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat. Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

 

  • In conjunction with the fast, we suggest that you incorporate scripture reading and prayer all twenty one days of the fast. PLEASE JOIN US Mon-Friday for our daily corporate prayer at noon (712) 770-4598 access code 328549#

 

  •  Devotional Reading

  • Day 1: Daniel 10
  • Day 8: Psalm 100
  • Day 15: Psalms 51
  •  Day 2: 1 Chron 21:18-27
  • Day 9: Romans 12
  • Day16: Psalms27
  •  Day 3: Daniel 1
  • Day 10: Luke 4
  • Day 17:Daniel 3
  •  Day 4: Psalm 119
  • Day 11: James 1
  • Day 18:Joel 2:12-32
  •  Day 5: Matt 6:5-18
  • Day 12: 2 Corinthian1
  • Day 19:Psalms 84
  •  Day 6: I Isaiah 58
  • Day 13: 1 Peter 2
  • Day 20: Zechariah 7
  •  Day 7: Mark 14:1-26
  • Day 14: Matt 5:1-14
  • Day 21: Ezekiel 47:1-12
      • Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” We can see that our motives in fasting must be pure. We are not to do it in order to broadcast it, but we are to do it as quietly and simply as possible so as not to attract attention to ourselves. We are to appear to others as though we are not fasting. There are exceptions, such as when we are fasting as a group for a specific thing. Then it must be announced so that others can take part. We find this in Joel 1:14, “Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord.                                     Matthew 6:16-18
      • As you begin your fast for 2020, remember that a fast is defined as: abstaining from food for a spiritual purpose.

As you begin to deny your flesh man and feed your spirit man you
will find that you will be spiritually refreshed and renewed.

Your prayer and study time must increase so that God can
begin to minister to you.

Your level of commitment to your fast must increase.

Remember: what you put in is what you’ll get out

Fasting is one of our spiritual weapons. Your weapon must
have an intended goal and target. As we fast we will focus
on goals. We have our Church goals and you have your personal

 

Our 2020 Church Goals:

1. Going New Places.

2. Engaging New People.

3. Making New Sacrifices

 

Let’s begin our Fast:

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free.

FIRST TIME FAST TIPS

Make a decision/commitment that you will complete this fast. Ask God to help you and He will.

Don’t focus so much on the food but on the reason you are fasting  and the opportunity to get closer with God. Focusing on your prayer objectives helps you to stay focused during your time of fasting.

    • Don’t beat yourself up if you eat something that you know is outside of the fast, just pray to God and ask for his further guidance and get yourself back in step quickly and move forward.
    • Be creative in researching recipes that could be used for the fast.
    • Be encouraged to share your praise reports along with your struggles of the fast with others who are fasting along with you.
    • Drink plenty of water even if it’s not appealing to you. (Purified or distilled)
    • These are only a few of the many helpful suggestions for fasting for the first time. Speak with others who have fasted in the past to gain other helpful hints on fasting.
    • Prepare food at home; bring snacks along with you so you will not be tempted to eat foods that are not allowed on the fast.