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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